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Juego y la Gloria, El

Akers, Michelle

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ISBN 10: 0829728937 / ISBN 13: 9780829728934
Published by Vida Pub, 2000
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Title: Juego y la Gloria, El

Publisher: Vida Pub

Publication Date: 2000

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: Spanish.

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This is the inspiring story of Michelle Akers, a member of the thrilling 1999 USA Women’s World Cup championship soccer team, who battled phenomenal odds to triumph on the field and in her faith. In the summer of 1999, the U.S. women’s soccer team stole the hearts of the nation when they captured the Women’s World Cup in a glorious victory over China before 90,000 spectators at the Rose Bowl. The popularity of soccer in America soared to unprecedented heights, and the 1999 team members became instant celebrities and role models, with midfielder Michelle Akers (whom the New York Daily News called "the ultimate symbol of the U.S. women’s National Team") leading the way. Thirty-three-year-old Akers is arguably one of the greatest female athletes of all time. In this book she tells her inspiring story of conquering enormous obstacles in both her personal life and her sports career. A mysterious illness that threatened to end her athletic career and an early divorce shattered her, but also led her back to a faith she had abandoned in her youth. She has battled so many injuries that Time magazine called her "an orthopedic disaster." On top of all she has suffered for eight years with a severe case of Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. Still she persevered. "She’s the best woman that’s ever played the game, period," U.S. coach Tony DiCocco told New York Times. "Michelle Akers inspires me." Michelle will also inspire readers as she tells of discovering true strength in the midst of debilitating weakness. "God’s been lifting me out of my mess day-by-day ever since I made the decision to welcome him back into my life," she writes. This is more than just an action-packed read for sports fans. It’s also an honest, page-turning autobiography of a remarkable young woman’s uplifting story of commitment, perseverance, and faith.

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One look into her eyes and you know she means business; get the ball anywhere near her and you'll find out for sure. This is not your run-of-the-mill, world-class athlete -- this is Michelle Akers, a champion whose incredible drive and skills are legendary in women's soccer. This is the woman USA Today called the "heart and soul" of the history-making 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup Soccer Championship Team. The Game and the Glory takes you inside the life of one of the greatest female athletes of our time and shows you what makes a true champion. It's more than ability -- it's an inner fire that blazes its hottest when the winds of adversity blow their strongest. But for all her tremendous grit and ability, there is one opponent even Michelle Akers can't shake. It's called Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS), and it affects every area of her life, draining the energy needed just to function, let alone play sports. Akers may be the only person with CFIDS who has ever continued to compete on a world level. From her childhood infatuation with soccer, to high school days in Seattle playing with the U-19 Flyers, to the rigors of the U.S. Women's National Team, Akers retraces her guts-and-glory road to the Rose Bowl and the 1999 World Cup victory. You'll learn about the indomitable drive to win that has made her one of the top scorers and most feared opponents in women's soccer. And you'll witness the unflagging endurance that has propelled her past multiple injuries and the ravages of CFIDS to sustain a fifteen-year career with the national team. You'll also read about Michelle's life off the playing field: her relationship with family, coaches, friends, and teammates, her personal struggles, and her faith in Jesus Christ that has kept her fighting -- and winning -- against unimaginable odds. Former U.S. Soccer coach Tony DiCocco has called Michelle Akers "the best woman that's ever played the game, period." The Game and the Glory will show you why. Here, in her own straightforward words, is the true-life story of an amazing athlete -- and a remarkable woman.

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