Aly Raisman won six medals in two Olympic Games. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

Olympic champion Aly Raisman will be the fourth member of the Final Five and the second member of the Fierce Five to publish a monograph about her Olympic journey.

The book’s title is Fierce and it will be out in the United States on 14 November. The title conjures the name of Raisman’s first Olympic team, the Fierce Five, who won gold with the team at the 2012 London Olympics. The other members of the Fierce Five were Gabby Douglas, who also wrote a book, titled Grace, Gold & Glory (2012), Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross, both currently at UCLA, and McKayla Maroney.

Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez from the 2016 Final Five have also published monographs. Biles’ is called Courage to Soar (2016) and Hernandez’s is titled I Got This (2017).

Raisman’s book is about her journey to the London Olympics, and then her second comeback journey the Rio Olympics. Raisman won a total of six Olympic medals, three from London (gold with the team and on floor and bronze on beam) and three from Rio (gold with the team and silver on floor and in the all around).

Raisman is currently taking a break from gymnastics, but said she will be back training on time for the Tokyo Olympics. If Raisman makes the 2020 team, she will be the first U.S. gymnast to compete in three Olympics Games since Dominique Dawes in 2000.

Here is a synopsis of Raisman’s book, as reported by NBC:

‘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.
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 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.’


By Talitha Ilacqua


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