R: 6 Must-Read Books Written By Olympic Athletes

The 2016 Summer Olympics have officially kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and we’re ready for some action-packed, adrenaline-filled competitions! In anticipation of all of our favorite events (hello, football… err, soccer!) we’ve decided to revisit some of the best books published by past Olympic athletes who have shown strength and courage, both in competition and in life.

Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson

America’s sweetheart, Shawn Johnson, has done some incredible things in her lifetime, and she’s not even 30 yet. She became a four-time Olympic gold and silver medalist by the age of 16, so you just know this girl has some wisdom and interesting stories to share. You might also remember her as the winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 8!

Muhammad Ali In His Own Words — Muhammad Ali

Take a peak inside the late Muhammad Ali’s life with this interesting title written as a collection of interviews gathered throughout 20 years of Ali’s successful career. Get an inside glimpse into The Greatest’s mind in both his legendary sports career and in politics.

Greater Than Gold — Tim Ellsworth & David Boudia

The incredible story of David Boudia’s quest for Olympic gold will inspire you beyond belief. See how this young diver went from winning no medals in his first Olympic Games to coming back four years later and winning both gold and bronze medals.

No Limits — Michael Phelps & Alan Abrahamson

Arguably one of the best-known swimmers in the world and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history, Michael Phelps’ successes are nothing short of impressive. Learn how he rose to became one of biggest success stories of the decade thanks to his “will to succeed”.

Running For My Life — Lopez Lomong

The unbelievable story of Lopez Lomong is captured in this gripping memoir, which highlights his life and journey to becoming an Olympic athlete. Escaping the Second Sudanese Civil War, Lopez defied all odds and became a recognized athlete for the US team.

Zero Regrets — Apolo Ohno

As an eight-time medalist (and reality TV star), Apolo Ohno brought the world of speed skating to the forefront of the Winter Olympic Games. With one of the biggest turnarounds in sports history, he lives with just one motto in mind: Live life with zero regrets.

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