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How Competing for Myself Changed Everything
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The New York Times bestseller!
Discover Aly Raisman's inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games—and beyond.


Aly Raisman first stepped onto a gymnastics mat as a toddler in a "mommy & me" gymnastics class. No one could have predicted then that sixteen years later, she'd be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams.

Aly's road to success was full of hard work, perseverance, and victories, but not without its hardships. Aly faced many obstacles, from naysayers who said she'd never make it in gymnastics to classmates who shamed her for her athletic body to a devastating betrayal of trust. Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to remain positive and believe in herself. Now, in her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor, and takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games—through her highest highs, lowest lows, and all the moments in between.

Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true.
The New York Times bestseller!
Discover Aly Raisman's inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games—and beyond.


Aly Raisman first stepped onto a gymnastics mat as a toddler in a "mommy & me" gymnastics class. No one could have predicted then that sixteen years later, she'd be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams.

Aly's road to success was full of hard work, perseverance, and victories, but not without its hardships. Aly faced many obstacles, from naysayers who said she'd never make it in gymnastics to classmates who shamed her for her athletic body to a devastating betrayal of trust. Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to remain positive and believe in herself. Now, in her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor, and takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games—through her highest highs, lowest lows, and all the moments in between.

Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true.
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About the Author-
  • Aly Raisman is a gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast who captained the U.S. team to victories in 2012 and 2016. She has won six Olympic medals overall, and was a member of two gold-medal-winning World Championships teams. A native of Needham, Massachusetts, Aly's love for the sport can be traced back to a "mommy & me" gymnastics class she took as an eighteen-month-old. Aly is a leader on and off the floor, and a fierce advocate for body positivity.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 20, 2017
    Late in this garden-variety sports memoir comes a revelation so heartbreaking it recasts everything Olympic gymnast Raisman has written about her journey from a toddler at a “Mommy and Me” tumbling class to captain of the gold medal–winning American teams at the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Raisman alleges that the team doctor, Larry Nassar, sexually abused her under the guise of treating a nagging back injury, beginning when she was 15. The hurdles to Olympic glory were already high: grueling workouts, intense competition, battles with not just injury but the question of whether to report such an injury, since it might mean being passed over. The need to appear perfect in the presence of Martha Karolyi, head coach of the U.S. team, already produced constant pressure; then, a year before the 2016 Olympics, an investigator started asking questions about Nassar (currently imprisoned on child pornography charges). Raisman, who made up for any shortcomings by outworking everybody else, could not simply outwork this. Her inspirational story for young gymnasts becomes a cautionary tale about the importance of speaking up when something—or someone—is making you uncomfortable. Ages 12–up.

  • Kirkus

    One of the most decorated American gymnasts details her life in and out of the gym."The story of my life in gymnastics is an underdog one," Raisman says in the opening pages of this memoir, and she provides plenty of examples to support her statement: the extra time it takes her to learn new skills, whether it's a roundoff back handspring or the Amanar vault; her difficulty coping with the incredible pressure placed upon all gymnasts; and the injuries that interrupted her career, such as a back injury suffered at the age of 12. Yet every time she's knocked down, she works extra hard and succeeds. And that ability to overcome serves her in good stead whether it's choosing to come back to gymnastics after the 2012 Olympics or stepping forward to reveal the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the USA Gymnastics doctor. Said revelation is handled delicately, and it's combined with valuable information for other sexual abuse victims. Raisman's voice remains forthright and grounded, her words sounding as though they were drawn from her journal--as they were in several cases. It's difficult to read about the physical injuries and the mental pressure Raisman places upon herself, yet her love for gymnastics always shines through.An appealing, readable memoir for more than just future gymnasts. (Memoir. 12-18)

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