Amanda Beard won two silver and one gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta at the very young age of 14. She was often seen carrying her teddy bear wherever she went. Little did anyone know that her perfect childhood had been shattered two years earlier when her parents divorced without a word to Amanda.
I had the good fortune to meet Amanda Beard last week while she was in NYC promoting her new book, In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir. Thanks to The Moms and Equinox, Amanda spoke to a group of us about her life.
While listening to Amanda's story, I realized that In the Water They Can't See You Cry is a very important book for parents and teens to read. She discusses how happy her childhood was and that her parent's divorce started her downward spiral. Then as she moved into her late teens, even with her medals, and modeling career, she suffered from a lack of self esteem, which is so common in girls today.
There is a happy ending for Amanda Beard. She is now married to a wonderful man and has an adorable baby boy. Meeting her was a delight. She couldn't have been nicer and more down to earth. I can't wait to watch the Olympics this summer and root for Amanda Beard to win a few more medals. However she has already won by beating her demons and finding happiness.
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