Relentless Spirit

  • by Missy Franklin, D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin, Daniel Paisner
  • Narrated by D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin
  • 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What does it take to become a champion? Gold medalist Missy Franklin, along with her parents, D.A. and Dick, tell the inspirational and heartwarming story of how Missy became both a legendary athlete and a happy and confident woman, something they accomplished by doing things their own way and making the right choices for their family.
The word relentless has many meanings for swimmer Missy Franklin. In the pool, it reminds her to remain steady and persistent, unyielding in intensity and strength. In life, it tells her to reach down for her very best, even when it feels like there's nothing left. The motto "don't quit" doesn't do it for Missy, but relentless gets her where she needs to be. And when Missy faces a challenge or a setback, her relentless spirit is what empowers her to learn, adapt, and move forward into the future.
In Relentless Spirit, Missy and her parents, D.A. and Dick Franklin, share the story of how Missy became the athlete she is today, a six-time Olympic medalist, five of them gold. Since her Olympic debut in London's 2012 games - when Missy was just 17 - people who have met the Franklins or seen them on TV have wondered what it was like to raise such a champion. What was the training like? How did Missy handle school? How did the family find the right facilities, coaches, and support network?
The story that Missy, and her parents, share inside is both inspiring and heartwarming, explaining how she became both a legendary athlete and a happy and confident woman, something they accomplished by doing things their own way and making the right choices for their family, which includes Missy's faith journey, something she writes about with inspirational candor.
Including the highs, the tough moments, and everything in-between, Relentless Spirit tells the story of a woman - and a family - full of love, heart, faith, and resilience.

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More accurate title: My Perfect Life

Parts of the book are really good but parts of it are annoying.

The Good: I enjoyed listening about her dedication to the sport and her back problems which led to a disappointing Olympics games in Rio.

The Bad: She really had a blessed life – parents who love and support her, no issues regarding money and ability to train with the best coaches, natural swimming talent, tons of friends, popular, smart, etc. While that is wonderful for her, it doesn’t make that interesting of a story. It’s hard to relate to someone who had the perfect life and no problems to overcome. Her biggest complaint was that her back injury prevented her from getting a medal in an individual event in the Olympics. Uhhhh …. ok. Not really a struggle by any definition. Towards the end of the book, there was too much God this, blah, blah, blah. I wanted to hear more what the Olympics was like, but London was told from her parents’ perspective. She wrote that she was not going to talk about London because everyone heard about it already. How dumb to leave out the most interesting part of your life in an autobiography. The parents’ biggest complaint was that their FREE seats to watch the Olympics were nosebleeds. But don’t worry, this was resolved when the owner of a sport team upgraded them to front rows. This family must live in the most pristine world ever where there are absolutely no real problems. Another part that was contrived is at the very end where she says her favorite thing to do is to visit cancer patients in the hospital. Yet, she makes no mention of doing anything like that in the first 99% of the book. I wasn’t a fan of the side whispers, “by now you know I love puns” and dropping the article “the” in sentences. So instead of “The best part of swimming…” it read as “Best part of swimming…”

The book is ok, but not great.
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- Bookworm

Physically, emotionally and spiritually complete!!!

I loved this book. It was written from the heart about three people who are living life passionately!!!
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- Elisa Rosier

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio