Many Canadians like myself remember Silken Laumann’s amazing perseverance after a severe leg injury, to win a bronze medal only 10 weeks later at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Even without the gold, she was one of the hero stories of the game, and certainly an important one for Canada.
One day, I happened across an interview to hear her talking about her memoir, Unsinkable. She sounded quite passionate and open about her life, so I looked forward to reading it. After a long wait on my library’s list, I was expecting something like a Canadian version of Kevin Sorbo’s book True Strength, that I enjoyed reviewing in 2012.
But, maybe my expectations were just too high. Many people give Silken’s book top reviews, but it fell a little flat for me. It had a lot of interesting parts to it. But, I didn’t connect with it much personally, like I did with True Strength.
I did find the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the rowing community, her injury and women’s sport interesting, but not gossipy.
Read the rest of my review at Loopy Ker’s Life.