Eagle Harbor Books to host Olympian, author for special reading

Eagle Harbor Book Company in downtown Winslow will host author and Olympic medalist Ginny Gilder, whose new book "Course Correction" tells the heartfelt and candid story of a young woman's journey to become an elite athlete in the wake of Title IX protest.

  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 12:07am
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Eagle Harbor Book Company in downtown Winslow will host author and Olympic medalist Ginny Gilder at 3 p.m. Sunday

Eagle Harbor Book Company in downtown Winslow will host author and Olympic medalist Ginny Gilder, whose new book “Course Correction” tells the heartfelt and candid story of a young woman’s journey to become an elite athlete in the wake of Title IX protest.

Gilder first saw a rowing shell on the Charles River in Boston at a pivotal time in her life, and her instant connection eventually led her to break barriers, face family tragedy and eventually accept her own sexual identity, freeing her to live life on her own terms.

Having grown up in an era when girls were only beginning to abandon the sidelines as observers and cheerleaders to become competitors and national champions, Gilder harbored no dreams of athletic stardom.

But when Gilder went to Yale in 1975, her operating assumptions changed nearly overnight when, as a freshman in 1975, she found her way to the university’s rowing tanks in the gymnasium’s cavernous basement.

From her first strokes as a novice, Gilder found herself in a new world, training with Olympic rowers and participating in the now-famous Title IX “naked protest,” which helped define the movement for equality in college sports.

Short, asthmatic and stubborn, Gilder made the team against all odds and for the next 10 years devoted herself to the sport.

The author will visit the store at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3.

Gilder is an Olympic silver medalist in rowing, the founder and CEO of an investment business, and co-owner of the Seattle Storm. The mother of three children and stepmother of two, Gilder lives with her wife, Lynn, and their two poodles in Seattle.

Visit www.eagleharborbooks.com to learn more about this and other upcoming author events.

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