Better Great Than Never: Believing It's Possible Is Where Champions Begin

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Lioncrest Publishing, Nov 17, 2020 - 388 pages

Think of any sport, and Lindsay Shoop played it growing up. She was a driven athlete, good student, and happy teenager. But when she went to college, everything changed. She quit basketball, gained weight, and skipped classes. Her drive was gone.


After a sleepless night and a fateful turn of events, Lindsay made the decision to become her best self. She discovered rowing, and the sport became her outlet for transformation. In just one year she became an NCAA Division-I All-American; in four, she broke a world record and won her first World Championship. Within six years, Lindsay won Olympic gold.


In Better Great Than Never, Lindsay shows you how to seize your full potential by removing self-imposed limitations. She demonstrates how to embrace every step, good and bad, to find greatness. For Lindsay, life isn't about winning. As long as you learn throughout your journey, you can never lose.

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I was very excited to read Lindsay's book for a couple of reasons. First, Lindsay was my student in my 9th grade English class, so of course I wanted to see how the skills I taught her when she was a young writer had developed over the years. I was not disappointed. Lindsay wove a wonderful story together, providing details that kept me turning the pages and not wanting to put the book down. Second, I am a former athlete...not a rower, but an athlete nonetheless. I love athlete's stories, especially when they are someone I know! I could feel the pain, the disappointments, the victories and the joys as Lindsay worked her tail off to become a champion! I am so proud of Lindsay and all she has accomplished as well as what she is doing now in pouring into the next generation. This book will inspire anyone who has a goal, or who needs a goal. Congratulations, Lindsay! 

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As someone who started rowing in college as well, this book resonated with me on so many levels. Lindsay has an amazing memory and is an incredibly talented storyteller. I couldn't put this book down. HIGHLY recommend and I think SO inspiring. Loved it.

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About the author (2020)

Lindsay Shoop is a coach, author, speaker, and lifelong athlete. She is an Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, and a National Rowing Hall of Fame inductee. With a focus on performance optimization and longevity throughout sport and life, Lindsay hosts clinics for coaches, athletes, and teams of all ages and skill levels. She is a commentator for USRowing and a speaker for events at major universities and corporations. Lindsay lives in Florida, where she daily seeks to mentor, inspire, and improve the lives of others by sharing her journey of self-discovery from ultimate defeat, to Olympic gold.

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