No Finish Line

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Penguin, Sep 3, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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The courageous autobiography of the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
Millions watched in awe as Marla Runyan ran the 1500 meter event in Sydney. But few know the real story of the woman who was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease at nine years old—and became compelled to achieve what was thought beyond her reach, in the world of athletics as well as in life.
With endearing self-deprecation and surprising wit, Marla Runyan reveals what it’s like to see the world through her eyes, and what it means to compete at the world-class level, despite the fact that—quite literally for her—there is no finish line.
“[Runyan] presents her story with acuity and grace, rising above expectations and prejudice . . . [her] story is well-paced and finishes strong; readers will hope she keeps going and going.”—Publishers Weekly
“An amazingly personal account of how she has dealt with the various highs and lows in her life.”—Ventura County Star

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When Olympian Runyan was nine years old she was diagnosed with an incurable disease that left her legally blind. Despite her condition, she learned to play the piano, ride horses, drive an ... Read full review

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I think this book is amazing. Not like other autobiographies, for me its inspirational.
Even being diagnosed with stagardt's disease she proved that being a diaabled person doesnt mean that you cant do anything. She is my nspiration and will always be.

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A Matter of Perception
The Big
Surrounded by Music
My Secret
Learning to Ask for Help
The Only One In the Race
One OneHundredth of a Second
The Future Has Not Been Written

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Sally Jenkins was born on October 22, 1960. She is a sports columnist and feature writer for The Washington Post. She has also worked for Sports Illustrated and acted as a correspondent on CNBC as well as on NPR's All Things Considered. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English Literature. Jenkins is also known for some of her famous interviews such as Joe Paterno, Head football coach of Pennsylvania State University and Lance Armstrong. In 1986, Jenkins was part of the team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for stories about the cocaine-related death of University of Maryland All-American Len Bias. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in 2000. It was also number one on the New York Times Best Seller list. This book was also awarded the Christopher Award for Adult Books in 2001. It also appeared in the Texas Tayshas Reading List from 2001 to 2002. In 2002 she won the Associated Press¿s Columnist of the Year Award. Her title Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective made The New York Times best seller list for 2013. Her titles include: No Finish Line, Funny Cide: How a Horse, a Trainer, a Jockey, and a Bunch of High School Buddies Took on the Sheiks and Blue Bloods¿and Won, The Real All Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation and The State of Jones.

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