A surprising and inspiring story of courage,
perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit.
Just ten weeks before the 1992 Olympic Games, Silken Laumann,
the reigning world champion in single sculls rowing, suffered a
brutal accident that left her right leg shattered and useless.
Doctors doubted that she would ever row competitively again. But
twenty-seven days, five operations and countless hours of gruelling
rehabilitation later, Silken was back in her racing shell, ready to
pursue her dream. When the starter's pistol rang out on August 2,
she made the greatest comeback in Canadian sports history, rowing
to a bronze-medal finish while the world watched, captivated by her
remarkable story. Silken became one of Canada's most beloved
Olympians and has continued to inspire, encouraging people to
dream, live in the moment and embrace life's unexpected, difficult
and amazing journey.
But there was a massive barrier in her path that she has never
before spoken about, a hidden story much darker than the tale of
her accident. Now, Silken bravely shines a spotlight on all the
obstacles she has encountered-and overcome-in Unsinkable, a memoir
that reveals not only new insights into her athletic success and
triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal
challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to
living a bold, loving and successful life today.
Time after time, this courageous champion has proven to be
unsinkable. Silken's extraordinary story offers us an intimate look
at the complicated woman behind the Olympic hero, showing how
perseverance and optimism can allow anyone to embrace the
incredible opportunities that often go hand in hand with