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In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir | [Amanda Beard, Rebecca Paley]

In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir

At the tender age of 14, Amanda Beard walked onto the pool deck at the Atlanta Olympics carrying her teddy bear, Harold, and left with two silvers and a gold medal. She competed in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, and enjoyed a lucrative modeling career on the side. At one point, she was the most downloaded female athlete on the Internet. Yet despite her astonishing career and sex-symbol status, Amanda felt unworthy of all her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain beneath a megawatt smile.
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At the tender age of 14, Amanda Beard walked onto the pool deck at the Atlanta Olympics carrying her teddy bear, Harold, and left with two silvers and a gold medal. She competed in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, and enjoyed a lucrative modeling career on the side. At one point, she was the most downloaded female athlete on the Internet. Yet despite her astonishing career and sex-symbol status, Amanda felt unworthy of all her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain beneath a megawatt smile. With no other outlet for her feelings besides the pool, Amanda expressed her emotions through self-destructive behavior. In her late teens and 20s, she became bulimic, abused drugs and alcohol, and started cutting herself. Her low self-esteem led to toxic relationships with high-profile men in the sports world. No one, not even her own parents and friends, knew about the turmoil she was going through. Only when she met her future husband, who discovered her cutting herself, did Amanda realize she needed help.

Through her renewed faith in herself; the love of her family; and finally the birth of her baby boy, Blaise, Amanda has transformed her life. In this book, she speaks frankly about her struggles with depression, the pressures to be thin, and the unhealthy relationships she confused for love. In the Water They Can't See You Cry is a raw, compelling story of a woman who gained the strength to live as bravely out of the water as she did in it.

©2012 Amanda Beard (P)2012 Tantor

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    This was a great book. It gave a glimpse into the life of a top competitive athlete both physically and emotionally. I, too, have struggled with similar thoughts on body issues. True passion and love will lead to success and happiness in the end.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of In the Water They Can't See You Cry to be better than the print version?

    yes I have eye sight issues and without audio books there is no quality


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Water They Can't See You Cry?

    The beginning the first feeling of release


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    Would you listen to In the Water They Can't See You Cry again? Why?

    I would listen again to hear any parts I missed.


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    Amanda is a rock star. Very raw and honest.


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    She provides the emotions to really experience the characters in the book


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