Open Heart, Open Mind Hardcover – Sep 8 2015
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“An amazing athlete, a great person, and a wonderful motivating example for all!” (Joé Juneau, ice hockey Olympic medalist and former NHL player)
“Clara Hughes is both an extraordinary and an ordinary Canadian. This honest memoir reveals the determination of a champion to overcome external adversity and internal struggles, finding her place as an athlete, an advocate, and a person.” (Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
“Clara’s story is just like her: It is energetic, strong, full of character, and very powerful. You really feel the determination within her and you cannot fail to wish you could award her another gold medal for the way she turned her life around and makes it her duty to help others.” (Gaétan Boucher, speed skating Olympic medalist)
“Clara brings us along on her journey from childhood to her incredible Olympic success, through her victories and her failures, all while dealing with her own personal torment. I now believe Clara to be superhuman, not for her incredible Olympic success and athletic feats, but for her dogged battle against depression, first for herself and now for the rest of us through her advocacy work. I couldn’t stop reading.” (Johann Koss, CEO, Right to Play International)
“Her book puts us on the handlebars and rides us headlong into a childhood tainted by her father’s alcoholism, a multi-generational addiction pattern that affected herself and both her grandfathers as well. […] With the same stealth and fight that brought her gold, Clara Hughes is talking, sharing and learning. […] She’s unstoppable, even in the off-season.” (Vancouver Sun)
“…honest and courageous.” (Guelph Mercury)
“... a fine, honest book, a revealing look inside the life of a world-class athlete who also happened to have the intelligence and sensibility to regard herself while this was happening. It’s like having an unusually perceptive journalist with unparalleled access to the mind of an athlete." (Montreal Gazette)
About the Author
Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes became the only athlete to win multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. She is a member of the Order of Manitoba and an officer of the Order of Canada, has received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Hughes is the national spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk initiative, a campaign dedicated to breaking down the stigma of mental health. In 2014, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, which recognizes those whose outstanding personal commitment has brought honour to Canada. She lives with her husband, Peter, in Canmore, Alberta, and continues to enjoy bike touring and hiking.
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Because of her success in sports and her humanitarian efforts, Hughes was named to both the Order of Manitoba and as an Officer of the Order of Canada. She is involved with Right To Play, which is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sports to encourage the development of youth in disadvantaged areas. She has received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
This book is her story of growing up in Winnipeg with a father was an alcoholic who verbally abused their mother. As a teen, she drank, used drugs and skipped school, trying to escape her home life. When she was 16, she turned her life around when she saw gold medal speed skater, Gaétan Boucher, race in the 1988 Calgary Olympics ... that's what she wanted to do. She tells of her highs and lows, of training, of lacking in confidence, meeting and marrying Peter, of the grueling physical vacations that she and Peter have taken (our idea of vacations are definitely different ... ha!), of her realization that she suffered from depression, and more.
I liked the writing style. I found her to be honest, down to earth, likable and human (like freaking out when she's frustrated and angry). She's not afraid to swear and even drops the F-bomb.
I was at a conference in 2010 and Clara was the "motivational" speaker. Afterwards she let everyone hold/wear her medals (yes, I did!), signed autographs and had pictures taken. Even then her mantra was open mind, open heart, warrior.
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But what you don't see on television is what's going on behind the scenes, what it takes for an athlete to rise to this level, the obstacles they've met, the obstacles overcome and who they are besides being a public figure and athlete.
Clara Hughes' newly released memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind, lays all of that bare. Hughes' father was a verbally abusive alcoholic, Clara drank, did drugs and skipped school. When she did start to channel her energy into competitive sport she landed with a coach who was results driven, caring little about her mental health. Hughes has suffered from depression for most of her life. In 2010, she put her own struggles in the public eye when she became the national spokesperson for the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative - "A wide-reaching, multi-year program designed to break the silence around mental illness and support mental health all across Canada."
I am always appreciative of reading someone's memoir - the bravery in sharing your life with the public. Hughes shares both professional and personal. I was fascinated by the behind the scenes look at a professional athlete's training and performance. Clara's athletic accomplishments are extraordinary. But it is her personal triumphs that are outstanding. Hughes has taken that same energy and drive that she used in sports, applied it to her mental well being and advocating for others through numerous projects, such as Right to Play.
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Clara has transcended beyond an athlete into a powerful, charming advocate for mental health and the challenges it can have on those seemingly normal.
I enjoyed the book and I the unbrushed pictures of her in moments of joy with her husband. Her bike touring has raised an interest and possibility I haven't previously contemplated.
What I'm trying to say is if you've admired the athlete this book will allow you to admire the person, and I do. Open heart, open mind, endless adventure.
Clara is a sports hero and life hero to me. I have the greatest respect for Clara and all individuals who compete at an elite level and
maintain a humble attitude and respect for all. Her story was a great read.
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Clara presents a realistic account of what it's like to be an Olympian athlete....She is truly remarkable! I couldn't put it down!Published 16 days ago by Yvonne
delivered in a timely fashion. Only on chapter one, but excellent read so far. Very inspiring.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the book; loved the honesty, the adventure and the courage that it must have taken to turn from the path she started our on and head in another direction.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Bought book as I am from Canada. but I did not care for her foul language in this book.
I gave the book after reading to the hospital for their mental health dept.. Read more
This is a well-written and frank autobiography that sometimes reveals perhaps more than the author intended.Published 6 months ago by Guy Smith
A frank and revealing life-story about a teenager's coming of age, finding a passion which directed her away from the dark road she had tasted.Published 7 months ago by Marlene Ritchie
Had no idea what a hellion she was in her youth. A good slap in the face for a reader who has not been exposed to depression before. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rob
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