- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Canadian Origin edition (Jan. 3 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476756996
- ISBN-13: 978-1476756998
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Open Heart, Open Mind Paperback – Jan 3 2017
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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.See all Product description
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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.
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