(0) items

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

As Good as Gold : 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries, and a 2-Year Quest to Make the Summer Olympics



Pub. Date:
List Price: $25.00

Rent Book


Buy New Book

In Stock Usually Ships in 24 Hours

Used Book

We're Sorry
Sold Out


We're Sorry
Not Available

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $0.01

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?
Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.
How do rental returns work?
Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!
What version or edition is this?
This is the edition with a publication date of 12/30/2030.
What is included with this book?
  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.


Imagine George Plimpton. Except with real athletic ability. And hers"s a woman. And shers"s taken on a challenge that makesPaper Lionlook like a brisk game of Go Fish. Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former professional figure skater, and starving artist. Just as her personal and professional dreams begin to crumble in the summer of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take two years to make the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing.As Good As Goldis the heroic, hilarious account of Bertiners"s serial exertions in the realms of triathlon, modern pentathlon, team handball, track cycling, road cycling, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and-fasten your seatbelts-luge. On her journey, the obstacles range from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to road rash. But, as time is running out, Bertine doesnrs"t sweat the small stuff, only the large-like scouring the globe for a tiny nation to adopt her, and pushing her body and mind as far as it will go. Maybe all the way to China. Between harrowing, often laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes short "Water Breaks" to contemplate the ins-and-outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and how best to punish steroid users. Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides-and writes-like a champion. InAs Good as Gold, Bertine proves she has something more valuable than an Olympic medal. Shers"s got Olympic mettle. When it comes to the human heart, she takes the gold.

Author Biography

Kathryn Bertine, an elite triathlete and former professional figure skater, is the author of All the Sundays Yet to Come: A Skater's Journey. She graduated from Colgate University in 1997, and holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including ESPN The Magazine, US Weekly, Her Sports+Fitness, and Inside Triathlon. She currently lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
How It All Beganp. xv
On Your Mark, Get Setp. 5
Pentathlon Is Hardp. 13
Water Break: Letters to a Potential Sponsorp. 28
Night of the Mangled Carcassp. 35
Water Break: The Yogafication of Sports Brasp. 55
The Birth of Doablep. 59
Water Break: Nasal Reconstructionp. 75
Picking Up the Night Shiftp. 79
Water Break: The Hydration Gamep. 86
Two and a Half Womenp. 89
Water Break: Fan Mailp. 101
Sack of Potatoesp. 103
Bloody Big Freakin' Jellyfishp. 119
Water Break: Mental Earplugsp. 130
To Be Oar Not to Bep. 131
Water Break: Letter to Myself as a Fifteen-Year-Old Athletep. 140
Switching Gearsp. 143
Water Break: The Olympics According to Phlegonp. 155
U.S. National U-Turn Championshipsp. 161
Water Break Failure, Rejection, Sacrifice, Equality, and Yodap. 179
Hips on Firep. 185
Water Break: Writing, Sports, and My Great, Great Pierrep. 192
1-800-Polandsp. 195
Hope Hides in the Strangest of Placesp. 207
Water Break: Bicycle Conversation With Man on a Harley Davidson at the Intersection of Sabino Canyon and Tanque Verde Roads, Tucsonp. 222
From Small Acorns Do Big Oak Trees Growp. 223
All Hail the WonderMinionp. 235
The Great Wall of Chinese Cyclistsp. 243
Potholes and Jesus in South Americap. 251
Water Break: How to Love a Female Athletep. 259
It Only Feels Like You're Dyingp. 261
The Tropicana Folder of Inner Peacep. 277
Water Break: The Price Tag of an Olympic Dreamp. 281
Epilogue: Turn Your Brain Off and Sufferp. 285
Bibliography and Resourcesp. 297
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Please wait while the item is added to your cart...