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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 and me" gymnastics class. No one could have predicted then that 16 years later, she'd be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams.

But it wasn't an easy road to success. Aly faced obstacle after obstacle, including naysayers who claimed that she didn't have the talent to compete at an elite level and classmates who shamed Aly for her athletic body. Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to believe in herself and prove her doubters wrong. In her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor and takes listeners on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games - through her highest highs, her lowest lows, and all the moments in between.

Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates and hard-won advice for listeners striving to rise above challenges, learning to love themselves, and making their own dreams come true.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Aly Raisman (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • AMY MIRANDA
  • 24-11-17

wow!! eye opening to truth!

Ally what a brave young lady who has lived an amazing life yet filled with poor choices from others. the good part is the fearless attitude you have for sharing your story and truth. Thank you! your mom is correct your character is far more important than a gold medal, but you are rocking them both!!

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  • Kerry
  • 18-03-18

Timely & Inspiring

I loved this book - I have an even deeper respect & admiration for Aly now. Empowering messages for all, with notes at the end candidly directed to those who might need them most.

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  • Brittany Cook
  • 21-11-17

Excellent gymnastics memoir

Aly’s story is definitely worth listening to if you enjoy gymnastics. There are some rough chapters because she doesn’t gloss over the bad experiences. Including a chapter dealing with abuse and manipulation by Larry Nassar.


Aly only narrates the first and last chapter with Natalie narrating the rest.

Natalie does a nice job narrating over all with some strange emphasis on certain words.

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  • vicali
  • 18-11-17

More than an autobiography.

This book offers insight for parents and kids of all ages in how to be successful in life not just sports. Aly Raismen talks about the good and bad in her life with honesty but she includes hope in every message. This book is so well read by Natalie Roy Camargo that I swear I can hear a smile when she talks about the positive. But she brings a sensitivity to the difficult topics that made me listen more closely and I think I really could see things from Aly’s perspective in a way I may have missed if I had read the book myself instead of the audio version. Thank you Aly for such an inspiring book. You really are Fierce. Thank you Natalie for such an inspiring performance.

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  • Dawn Brandenburg
  • 09-02-18

Aly is truly an inspiration to woman of all ages!

I loved this book from start to finish. It takes so much courage to tell your life story as Aly has. I can't wait for my step daughter to listen to this amazing story. Thank you Aly for sharing your story with us!

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  • Jennifer Thompson
  • 20-11-17

Aly ... Fierce

One of the most honest and amazing books I have read/ listened to. Thank you for being so courageous to tell your story!

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  • Cook
  • 31-05-18

How Competing For Myself Changed Everything by Aly

Absolutely awesome and inspiring story. Any person can learn from this wonderful story. I would recommend this book to anyone!

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  • Jason & Johanna
  • 19-08-19

LOVE!!

Inspirational! I have always been a big fan of Aly the gymnast but I am even a bigger fan of Aly the strong fierce young woman I had the pleasure to get to “know” through this book. This book really makes you realize what is important in life.

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  • Nika C
  • 08-02-21

inspiring story

Surprised that Aly Raisman did not narrate the audio book (except prologue & epilogue).
However, I can say the narrator did a great job and I enjoyed listening to her.
I found the story pretty good and inspiring, though the prose felt like it was written for a someone in grammar school.
Aly is a great example of hard work and perseverance and using her unbreakable spirit to push through obstacles.

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  • Mom of two
  • 04-11-20

Narrator is annoying

Good story by Aly but the narrator is super annoying. To the point where I wanted to turn it off.

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  • Lmaguire
  • 07-08-20

This audiobook started me back into running for the first time in ten years!

I didn’t know what to expect when I first downloaded this audiobook, but I ended up loving it. It became a pleasure to listen to the author paint her journey to becoming one of the most decorated Olympic gymnasts of all time and an amazing advocate for body positivity. Aly writes in a way that is so genuine and accessible and yet commands an amazing grasp of self-love through introspection. It was beautifully written and incredibly heartfelt! Best audiobook I’ve listened to this year!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-20

best book ever

LOVE IT
so well written and so easy to understand and follow.
best book ever.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-19

Past or present competitive gymnasts Must read

As a former competitive gymnast i really felt like i could relive the moments with Aly. I struggled with nerves and always wondered how elite gymnasts didnt... now i see the reality. This story is inspiring, emotional and very compelling. Better still you can search on you tube to actually 'see' the things she talks about and that increases your understanding of just who the great Aly Raisman is.