Australian swimmer Petria Thomas won the hearts of millions around the world with her triple gold-medal-winning triumph at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Having overcome the pain and anguish of three shoulder reconstructions and two ankle reconstructions over the length of her glittering 12-year career, Petria is admired and respected for her grit, determination, and steely will to win.
But there's more to the Queen of Butterfly than meets the eye, and here for the first time is the full and authorised story of Australian swimming's golden girl: her battle against severe depression, her cries for help that almost ended her life, and the extraordinary determination that overcame these physical and emotional pressures to reach the pinnacle of her career.
Australian swimming great Petria Thomas opens her heart, and reveals the debilitating physical and mental secrets of what she had to overcome in order to achieve her Olympic dream. Kate Hoskings and Jim Daly share the storytelling, with the former taking Thomas’ voice, and the latter providing the context in which she excelled. A context, it should be noted, that included three shoulder and two ankle reconstructions, as well as a constant battle against pressure and expectations for a three-time Olympian and World Championship titlist. Thomas’ grit, determination and steely will to win are highlighted in the ultimately uplifting autobiography of one of the greatest butterflyers of all time.
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