In the sporting world we hear of constant rivalries between teams and between athletes. This novel was imagined after watching the swimming portion of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Phelps-Lochte story line about their rivalry was rampant. I wondered what if someone offered a swimmer a million dollars for a gold medal, what would happen to the sport's rivalry. This story is based on that premise. In 2003, Marlynware's CEO offers the million and another for a world record. Two different swimmers in two different parts of the country with two different backgrounds but with the same event become rivals for the million. One girl, Melissa, is the National champion while the other is relatively a newcomer to the event. Add to that the pressure of one girl's family to get the money or her father will face the wrath of the Mob the story gets intriguing. There is a romantic thread between the other girl, Kat, and her boyfriend Andy that is woven throughout the book. They meet in high school in Plano and they both are scholarship swimmers at the University of Texas. Meanwhile a friend of the Mob and the underworld of crime,an evil Denver all- pro kidnapper and we increase the intrigue. The whole story comes to a climax in Florence, Italy where the two girls are training just prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics with their swim team, of which they both qualified, along with Kat's boyfriend. After a heinous crime is committed the FBI who have been trying to catch the kidnapper for years are called to assist the Italian police to solve the crime. Therefore all the Madness surrounding a Gold Medal. Swim-love-die?
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Author’s Bio Mark Elley (b. 1948) was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He studied and received degrees in history and education at the University of Western Ontario in London. He furthered his education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a successful educator for 38 years and a championship aquatics coach for 39 years in both Canada and the United States. His love of swimming and his knowledge of the swimming world encouraged him to write this book “Gold Medal Madness”. His imagination led him to wonder a big ‘what if’ as he looked at the rivalries that take place in the sport world, in his case, swimming. He has also written three other books in the John Doyle Mystery series: Narc!, Precious Package and Triumph Over Chaos. Mark has a wife, Lynda of 45 years and one daughter. He and his wife travel extensively in the British Isles and Europe. They reside in Georgetown, Texas.
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