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Redemption : A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Goldby Unknown
Harpercollins Christian Pub
The inspiring and gritty story of the World's Greatest Athlete Redemption tells the story of Bryan Clay, winner of the 2008 Olympic gold medal and the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon. By the grace of God, Bryan went from being a fist-fighting, drug-using, presuicidal kid in Hawaii to world champion in the toughest Olympic sport. His secret? A dramatically rediscovered faith and his mother's relentless prayers. Redemption goes beyond standard sports memoirs, giving a clear storyline of an athlete's misspent youth, his desperate Christian conversion at a time of utter personal defeat, and his mother's fervent prayers that helped transform him into a top athlete, family man, and loving father. Bryan's story will inspire mothers, fathers, and young readers alike as they experience the rise of a champion from obscurity and failure to the pinnacle of athletic achievement. The world will be watching Bryan, at the age of 32, defend his gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.