In May 1992, just ten weeks before the Olympic Games, Silken
Laumann was injured in a brutal rowing accident that left her right
leg shattered and useless. The reigning world champion in single
sculls rowing, Silken was told by doctors she might never row
again. Twenty-seven days, five operations and countless hours of
gruelling rehabilitation later, Silken was back in her shell, ready
to pursue her Olympic dream. When the starter's pistol rang out on
August 2, 1992, Silken made the greatest comeback in Canadian
sports history, winning the bronze medal for Canada and capturing
the hearts of a nation. Silken retired from rowing in 1999 with
three Olympic medals and since then has continued to inspire,
encouraging people to dream, live in the moment and embrace failure
as a stepping stone to success.
But there was a massive obstacle in her path that she's never
really spoken about. Unsinkable will be her
no-holds-barred memoir, revealing not only new insights into her
Olympic success and extraordinary triumph over physical adversity,
but also a much darker hidden story about the intense personal
challenges of her past.
Praise for Unsinkable
"Silken's story no longer remains untold. Her quest for
authenticity is at times brutal, shocking and certainly compelling.
Her ultimately triumphant journey took me to places I didn't see
coming." -Mark Tewksbury, Olympic and Humanitarian Champion