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Gold medal Olympian Carolyn Wood's tough journey to the top

From failing swimming, to winning Olympic gold, to discovering she is gay - all part of Carolyn's journey in "Tough Girl".

Seattle — In her coming-of-age memoir called "Tough Girl", Carolyn Wood reflects on her path to winning Olympic gold at age 14.

After several failed attempts at learning to swim, a young Carolyn Wood finally conquers her fears and dives into unknown waters. By 1958 she sets a goal to make the 1960 Olympic team and, along with teammates and competitors, begins the arduous road to Rome. Losses, pain, fear, and fatigue accompany the rambunctious athlete as she finds her way through athletic training, school, and dealing with social gender expectations as she realizes she’s gay.

Tough Girl artfully weaves Wood’s life story around the tale of her long walk on the Camino de Santiago, an effort to tap into her tough girl resilience so she can begin to accept the end of her long marriage.

Book reading event:

Join Carolyn at Third Place Books-Ravenna at 7:00 September 19th or Third Place Books-Seward Park September 20th for a reading and author talk!

Fore more information about the event go to: https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/event/carolyn-wood-tough-girl-0.

Buy a copy of "Tough Girl" at www.toughgirlmemoir.com/.

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