Joan Ryan is an award-winning journalist and the author of four books. She was a pioneer in sports journalism as one of the first female sports columnists in the country. Ryan's wide-ranging newspaper work spanned 25 years, earning 13 Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, the National Headliner Award, the Women's Sports Foundation's Journalism Award and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents Association.
Ryan is a founding trustee of Coaching Corps in Oakland, CA, and since 2008 has been the senior media advisor to the San Francisco Giants. She lives in Sausalito, California, with her husband, sportscaster Barry Tompkins.
"This book will open the eyes of every girl and parent with dreams
of the Olympics, and it will change forever the way America looks
at two of its most beloved sports."--Billie Jean King
One of Sports Illustrated's "Top 100 Sports Books of All Time"
One of Guardian (UK)'s "Top 50 Sports Books of All Time"
"Scathing...profoundly important."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Stunning and frightening."--John Feinstein, New York Times bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled and The First Major
"Confirms your worst suspicions about 15-year-old gymnasts in 10-year-old bodies and the terrible price they pay, regardless of success."--Phil Mushnick, New York Post