My Untold Story

Book - 2014
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A surprising and inspiring story of courage, perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit

Just ten weeks before the 1992 Olympic Games, Silken Laumann, the reigning world champion in single sculls rowing, suffered a brutal accident that left her right leg shattered and useless. Doctors doubted that she would ever row competitively again. But twenty-seven days, five operations and countless hours of gruelling rehabilitation later, Silken was back in her racing shell, ready to pursue her dream. When the starter's pistol rang out on August 2, she made the greatest comeback in Canadian sports history, rowing to a bronze-medal finish while the world watched, captivated by her remarkable story. Silken became one of Canada's most beloved Olympians and has continued to inspire, encouraging people to dream, live in the moment and embrace life's unexpected, difficult, and  amazing journey .

But there was a massive barrier in her path that she has never before spoken about, a hidden story much darker than the tale of her accident. Now, Silken bravely shines a spotlight on all the obstacles she has encountered--and overcome--in Unsinkable, a memoir that reveals not only new insights into her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold, loving and successful life today.

Time after time, this courageous champion has proven to be unsinkable. Silken's extraordinary story offers us an intimate look at the complicated woman behind the Olympic hero, showing how perseverance and optimism can allow anyone to embrace the incredible opportunities that often go hand in hand with adversity.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, c2014.
ISBN: 9781443419079
Characteristics: xii, 292 pages,[8] pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fraser, Sylvia


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Feb 02, 2017

This was a very disappointing read! Considering Silken trained for years at an Olympic level, the best insight she can muster on any of her training is cliched sayings like, "work hard". She doesn't question the differences between elite level athletes and non elites, nor all the reasons for the differences. Her retelling of past events reads as robotic and largely detached from any emotion.

Jan 14, 2016

really great book I enjoyed reading it!:)

ksoles May 23, 2014

Essentially, "Unsinkable" tells a motivational tale of triumph and illustrates the power of both ambition and perseverance. In the memoir, renowned rower Silken Laumann describes her Olympic bronze medal performance in Barcelona (1992), which occurred a mere 10 weeks after a stomach-turning accident that shattered her ankle and stripped away her right calf muscles. Laumann dives into her story in the same merciless way in which she approaches life but, though she seems eager to take the reader into the depths of her psyche, she doesn't quite reach her goal.

Sticking with a strictly personal approach, Laumann eventually returns to her difficult childhood, one spent with a mother who openly resented her children for preventing her from becoming an artist (Laumann’s parents and sister have co-signed a letter disputing the veracity of certain facts in the book). Laumann also touches on her struggles with body image, cutting, depression and her stepdaughter's autism.

"Unsinkable" began as a product of Laumann's soul searching after the failure of her first marriage to fellow rower John Wallace. She strives to convey optimism and wisdom but frequent abstract platitudes and flashes of rage show that she still experiences moments of vulnerability. Ironically, these moments lend the book its strength; she reveals her insecurities as well as her attributes and shows clear-headedness between her unwavering willpower.

While not wonderfully written, the prose of "Unsinkable" has a natural, uncluttered flow that makes for a quick and engaging read.

Mar 21, 2014

A very fine book that shows the inner depths of our courage in the universe!

runfastread Mar 19, 2014

You want inspiration t o get yourself up and off the couch as a Canadian, read this book. Silken Laumann has been through a lot more than most of us can even imagine, but she never quit. A story of courage, perseverence and the will to push yourself beyond pain.

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