Heart of a Champion, by Kim Washburn.
Dominique Dawes is a true inspiration for young women everywhere. She faced down adversity, including the divorce of her parents, moving away from home to train at a young age, and repeated disappointments in her gymnastics career, before ultimately achieving the ultimate success: Olympic champion. This book chronicles her rise from young, talented gymnast through hardship after hardship, and ultimately to the point where she realizes her dream of becoming an Olympic champion.
I had a few problems with this book. It was a bit stilted in its writing style, and I absolutely hated that the author used commentary from television broadcasts as part of the narrative. In addition, I found the religious comments a bit over the top. I realize this is published by a religious press, but still I found it a little overdone and preachy. Nonetheless, this is an excellent book for young girls interested in sports and looking for a role model. 3.5.
I received an electronic review copy of this book from the publisher. This did not affect this review.