In the Water They Can't See You Cry

A Memoir

In the Water They Can't See You Cry

SHE WAS DROWNING IN PLAIN SIGHT

At the tender age of fourteen, Amanda Beard walked onto the pool deck at the Atlanta Olympics carrying her teddy bear, Harold, and left with two silvers and a gold medal. She competed in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, and enjoyed a lucrative modeling career on the side.

Yet despite her astonishing career and sex-symbol status, Amanda felt unworthy of all her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain beneath a megawatt smile. In her late teens and twenties, she became bulimic, abused drugs and alcohol, and started cutting herself.

Her low self-esteem led to toxic relationships with high-profile men in the sports world. No one, not even her own parents and friends, knew about the turmoil she was going through. In these pages, she speaks frankly about her struggles with depression, the pressures to be thin, and the unhealthy relationships she confused for love. In the Water They Can’t See You Cry is a raw, compelling story of a woman who gained the strength to live as bravely out of the water as she did in it.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451644388 | 
  • April 2013

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How Swimming Saved Amanda Beard's Life

Hear how Amanda Beard's dedication to swimming allotted her 7 Olympic medals and pulled her out of the pits of depression. Get the whole story on Amanda from her book, IN THE WATER THEY CAN'T SEE YOU CRY.

About the Authors

Amanda Beard
© Sacha Brown

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard is a seven-time Olympic medalist. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, the photographer Sacha Brown, and her son, Blaise. Visit her at AmandaBeard.net.

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