8 Inspiring Books about Incredible Athletes

Pair the 2018 Games with medal-worthy tales of historic showdowns, scandals, and triumph.

2018 Games

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There’s nothing like watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, when that familiar music plays and athletes from all over the world gather to compete on an international stage. It’s inherently inspiring and goosebump-inducing. As the world prepares for the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 8, we’re grabbing one of these stirring stories about triumph at the Games and the quest for the gold medal. From historic games set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany to memoirs by modern competitors, each book is sure to inspire awe in its reader.

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Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.