What are the best inspiring stories about athletes?

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    #1Blitz Your Life: Stories from an NFL and ALS Warrior

    Blitz Your Life: Stories from an NFL and ALS Warrior
    Blitz Your Life: Stories from an NFL and ALS Warrior is an inspirational non-fiction book written by Tim Shaw and Richard Sowienski. This book contains a collection of stories from a former NFL linebacker and some ordinary people.
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    Navya Malik
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This isn't just about athletes. If I were looking for stories about athletes, I wouldn't be satisfied with this."
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    #2A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

    A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

    A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey is a non-fiction book written by Chrissie Wellington with a foreword by Lance Armstrong. It was originally published in 2012.

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    Rose Lee
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book. From start to end, I found this book to be high highly entertaining. Chrissy's story was very inspiring. I think if you want to read something that will motivate you to get moving then read this book."
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    #3The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success

    The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success

    The Champion in all of Us: 12 Rules for Success is about the stories of four athletes who joined the Olympic games. This is written by Steve Backley and was published in 2012.

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    Gerald Harrison
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "When Bobby Jenks closed out the 2005 World Series for the Chicago White Sox, shivers went down my spine and ever since I have been in love with sports, and the inspiring stories athletes have as they work to perform the best in their sport. With The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for Success, Steve Backley uses personal experience in order to explain how mental toughness is the required process the fans don't see, which ultimately leads an athlete to be able to be at the top of their sport. These stories inspire me, and they make me want to do better in my life as well. "
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    #4Finding Ultra

    Finding Ultra

    Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself is an inspirational non-fiction book written by Rich Roll. This book was published in 2012.

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    #5Born to Run

    Born to Run
    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall is a non-fiction book which highlights some of the secrets of the world's greatest runners. This was published in 2009.
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    Guillermina Franco
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Born to Run is probably one of the most inspiring stories about athlete that I have read about athletes. This book really relayed the story in a way that connected with me on a deep level. I plan to tell my friends to read it as well."
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    #6Wilma Unlimited

    Wilma Unlimited

    Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman is a children's literature book written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz. This picture book follows the story of an African-American athlete.

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    Brian Walsh
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "What a great inspirational story! From not being able to walk from having polio to going all the way to the Olympics it's a great reminder that we can do anything if we put our minds to it. I love how strong she is and her desire to never give up. "
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    #7My Life in Hockey

    My Life in Hockey
    This Jean Béliveau biography gives full insight about both his athlete and office career. He was the captain of the Canadiens during the franchise's best years, but this was nothing compared with what was waiting for him next: a successful front office experience and a battle against cancer. 



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    Peter Price
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "for fans of hockey who would want to know the story of Jean Beliveau"
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    #8Throw Like a Girl

    Throw Like a Girl

    Throw Like A Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself is an inspirational biography written by Jennie Finch, an accomplished athlete for the USA. The book aims to show how sports can help girls improve on every aspect of life.

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    Tyler Rice
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "My daughter was a softball player and Jennie Finch was her hero so this was a no brainer for me to read. The book is well written and easy to read. Also, there are great motivations that my daughter and I talked about that really moved her. We both got a lot out of this book!"
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    #9In the Zone

    In the Zone
    In the Zone: How Champions Think and Win Big is a non-fiction motivational book written by Clyde Brolin. In this book, the author highlights the traits that athlete stars have in common in order to become champions.
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    Scott Bryant
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I felt like this was kind of a silly book. I think it's meant for people that have never been good at any sports and how think there is something special going on with athletes. These are the same people that will trip over their own knees when working out or playing a sport. Personally, I have a lot of experience with sports and found this book to be boring."
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    #10Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
    'Unbroken' is the true and incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. This is one of the most incredible odysseys of the 20th century and the inspiration for a motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie.
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    Samuel Meza
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This was an incredible story to read and it amazes me how fascinating other people's lives can be. The book is extremely well written and paced. Would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in true life stories."
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    #11Eat and Run

    Eat and Run

    Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness is a nonfiction sports and fitness reference book written by Scott Jurek and Steve Friedman. It was published June 5, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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    Lisa Silva
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Eat and Run is one of those books that I randomly picked up at the store when I wanted to read some stories about inspirational athletes. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't that captivating. Other friends said they really enjoyed the stories though. "
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    #12Spartan Up!

    Spartan Up!

    Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life is a nonfiction sports and fitness reference book written by Joe De Sena. It was published May 13, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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    Muhammad Jhadav
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I wanted a book about athletes that would inspire me in my own life and while this book met some of the criteria I was looking for it fell a bit short. Overall though enjoyed the book I just wish that it had a bit more substance in terms of the stories."
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    #13My Year of Running Dangerously

    My Year of Running Dangerously

    My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan is a nonfiction sports and fitness reference book written by Tom Foreman. It was published October 6, 2015 by Blue Rider Press.

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    Juan Wheeler
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This option is favorable for me My Year of Running Dangerously is Foreman's journey through four half- marathons, three marathons, and one 55-mile race. What started as an innocent request from his daughter quickly turned into a rekindled passion for long-distance running—for the training, the camaraderie, the defeats, and the victories. Told with honesty and humor, Foreman's account captures the universal fears of aging and failure alongside the hard-won moments of triumph, tenacity, and going further than you ever thought possible."
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    #14Running to the Top

    Running to the Top

    Running to the Top is a nonfiction fitness book written by Arthur Lydiard and Garth Gilmour. In this book, the authors share techniques in order to become successful with long-distance running. This was published in 1997.

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    Joseph Medina
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I sort of enjoyed this. It was my first book about a sport. Never thought I'd buy one about running, though. Good tale of making it to the top."
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    #15The Yukon Arctic Ultra

    The Yukon Arctic Ultra

    The Yukon Arctic Ultra: Ultra Marathon Adventure Racing Across Canada's Frozen North is a nonfiction sports and outdoor reference book written by Mark Hines. It was published March 1, 2013 by Amazon Digital Services LLC.

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    #16Swimming Studies

    Swimming Studies
    Swimming Studies is an autobiography book that features swimming as a sport written by Leanne Shapton and was published on July 5, 2012 by Blue Rider Press. It follows the training period of a swimmer as she reaches her goals.
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    #17Chasing the Runner's High

    Chasing the Runner's High

    Chasing The Runner's High: My Sixty Million Step Program is a nonfiction book written by Ray Charbonneau. In this book, the author shares what he learned from running.

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    Jessica Gilbert
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I love ready based on true life stories. This was heartwarming and uplifting. You will definitely be left with a good feeling when you finish this story."
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    #18Game Changer

    Game Changer

    Game Changer is a young adult fiction novel written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book was first published in October 2012 by Simon & Schuster. It tells the story of a softball athlete - KT Sutton.

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    May Deng
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This book is a rare find if you're looking for a story about a female teenage athlete. The main character in this story finds herself in a world very similar-- yet very different-- from her own, kind of like an alternate reality. She learns some valuable lessons in the process. I would recommend this book for both girls and boys in the upper elementary or middle school grades."
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    #19The Champion's Mind

    The Champion's Mind

    The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive is a non-fiction self-help book written by Jim Afremow. This book was originally published in 2014.

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    Megan Guerrero
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you looking for a inspirational story to try to get in fit or In-Shape this is the perfect one for you"
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    #20Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence

    Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence

    Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence is a non-fiction self-help book written by a sports psychologist Gary Mack. This book highlights the influence of mind on one's performance.

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    Kimberly Hill
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Well, not much of an inspiring story about athletes.. It's more about challenging yourself and staying mentally strong. It's a guide that teaches you mind over matter and body. Not very interesting information either.."

Summary

Best What are the best inspiring stories about athletes
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Blitz Your Life: Stories from an NFL and ALS WarriorBooks 33 Paid
2A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's JourneyBooks 31 Paid
3The Champion in All of Us: 12 Rules for SuccessBooks 28 Paid
4Finding UltraBooks 27 Paid
5Born to RunBooks 24 Paid
6Wilma UnlimitedBooks 24 Paid
7My Life in HockeyBooks 22 Paid
8Throw Like a GirlBooks 19 Paid
9In the ZoneBooks 13 Paid
10Unbroken: A World War II Story of SurvivalBooks 13 Paid
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