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|1||Never Stop Pushing||1|
|2||Dumbo From the Farm||6|
|4||The Gardner Clan||33|
|5||Never Stop Pushing II||41|
|6||Barn Burns, Hope Survives||56|
|7||The Boy Who Made Every Day Count||61|
|8||Leaving the Valley||83|
|9||On My Own Two Feet in the Heartland||91|
|10||To Be a Teacher||107|
|11||Chasing My Wrestling and College Dreams||116|
|13||The Route to 2000||139|
|14||Journey to Gold||158|
|15||The Miracle on the Mat||167|
|16||Who Am I Now?||191|
|17||Validation: Defending the Gold at the 2001 World Championships||203|
|18||Miracle in the Mountains||218|
|19||Another Run at the Olympics||274|
|21||Never Stop Pushing, Period||318|
Posted March 15, 2012
This book is about Olympic gold and bronze medalist Rulon Gardner and his life from when he was young and living on his family farm to after he won his Olympic medals. Though it is an autobiography it had many great details that keep you hooked for the entire book. It really goes in depth in how Rulon keep not only his dreams alive but himself as well. This book basically writes the definition of preserver. And never quitting until you have accomplished what you want. Throughout this book you can find many ways in which to connect with it and see the struggles that we face individually and how closely they relate to someone who is considered gods among men. Rulon overcame many challenges to get where he his many things that people said couldn’t be done and he is a regular guy like you and me. This is just a flat-out amazing book to read and read again and again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2005
Can't say that initally I was enthused about reading this story, but once I opened the first page I was pretty much hooked. This is, by a great distance, the best biography/memoir I've read in recent years. While the Wyoming athlete's own personal history is very interesting and inspiring, the history of the area he is from, in western Wyoming, and how it was settled in no small part by pioneers, many of whom were women, is truly enlightening. The use of personal diaries quite enlightens about the history of the region, and how and why those from the ''real West'' are often a different breed. This is a very educational book, something I didn't expect. I'd have to recommend it to just about anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2005
I liked best the stories at the start of every chapter about how Rulon Gardner, the Olympic wrestler, was lost in a terrible storm in a forest in Wyoming, and then he talks about how each of the lessons he learned and challenges he faced while he was lost equated to something in his life from being a special education student-athlete to becoming the guy who had one of the biggest Olympic dramatic moments of all time when he beat the undefeated Russian wrestler. Never stop pushing is a very interesting book and I read it in two days even though it is 340 pages because it's that good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2005
Likely one of the few stories in the history of publishing where truth is stranger than any fiction that could have been invented. What a read! Rulon the Olympiic wrestler is apparently a descendent of Wyoming settlers in the late 1800s, another bizarre part of his unlikely path to the Olympics and fame (and heartbreak, according to this astoundingly well written book -- Rulon should consider writing other motivational biographies if this is a true indication of his writing talent). This book is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. His travels through the school systems in Wyoming and Nebraska and Idaho make one wonder what would have happened to this person if he had allowed himself to slip through the cracks. Way to go Rulon, and thank you for sharing your story in so much depth, and so honestly. A fantastic story, and much, much deeper than what we have been given in the media that covered Rulon Gardner mostly as a wrestler the past five years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 20, 2005
I was able to get my hands on a review copy this week. This book is so well written that it actually does Mr. Gardner's rural rags to riches story justice. The story runs two concurrent themes, with the night he is lost leading into the chapters, and his ascent from special education student running alongside it. By the time this emotional rollercoaster ride starts to end, the two stories dovetail quite seamlessly. I would list this among my top 10 all-genre reads this year, and the best memoir I have read in the last several years -- by a Wyoming mile. Often athletes hold back when they present their stories to the public, but it's all here in the Wyoming farmboy's biography -- the challenge of adapting to small town bias, beating back educational obstacles...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2005
I liked this book a lot. It's almost hard to believe everything he went through to become the world's best at his sport. But I like the stuff about his personal life on the farm the most and when he was lost and confused and how he survived a whole night lost in a Wyoming snowstorm after falling in a lake.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.