New Book for Teen Girls

Mary Lee Tracy, assistant coach to the winning 1996 U.S.
women’s Olympics gymnastics team, has penned an inspirational book for teen
girls; Standard Publishing releases the book in
July 2003. The book also features inspirational stories by other well-known
athletes: Olympic gold-medallist in figure skating Tara Lipinski, Olympic
gold-medallist in gymnastics Shannon Miller, Olympic gold-medallist in softball
Michele Smith, Olympic gold-medallist in soccer Michelle Akers, and WNBA star
Kedra Holland-Corn, among others. Living the Gold-Medal Life will retail for
$12.99 (23340); ISBN 0-7847-1331-6.

Each chapter in the book features an inspirational message by Tracy,
covering such topics as ‘Discover Your Talents,’ ‘Handling Stress,’ ‘Parental
Pressure,’ ‘Conquering Fear,’ and ‘What’s Your
Motivation?’; thought-provoking questions that function as journal-starters;
a life story tie-in from a celebrity athlete; and the athlete’s black and
white photo. The book also features 8 pages of color photos, a statistics section
with stats on all of the contributing athletes, and a shoestring
bookmark.

Living the Gold-Medal Life, its motivating writings and in-depth
questions will appeal to older preteen and young teen girls who participate in all
kinds of competitive, demanding activities, from
cheerleading, gymnastics and dance, to track and team sports like soccer and
volleyball. Says Tracy, “I wrote this book in the hope of sharing my 25 years
of coaching experience with athletes everywhere. This book is an inspirational
tool for many of the mental and spiritual needs that athletes
experience during training as well as during competition.”

The release of Living the Gold-Medal Life coincides with the world’s
premier gymnastics event, the World Gymnastics Championships, which take place in
August 2003. One exciting element to this event is its
location: after many years abroad, it is being held in the United States, in
Anaheim, California. Another exciting aspect is the possibility of a direct
tie-in with the book. Sam Sheehan, current competitor and contributor to Living
the Gold-Medal Life, is favored to be at this competition. The book
release predates, by two weeks, another gymnastics event, National Gymnastics
Day, which is August 2, 2003.

Standard Publishing is supporting this book with a retailer promotion for
Back To School. The Back To School Package emphasizes preteen and teen titles
and includes a price-pointed promotion for Living the
Gold-Medal Life via coupons that attach to the header card of the end cap.
Other support will include cross promotions with Standard Publishing mailings,
an ad and publicity campaign, and targeted promotions to the
gymnastics community.
About Mary Lee Tracy

In 1996, U.S.A. Gymnastics named Mary Lee Tracy an assistant coach to the
Olympic women’s gymnastics team. Two elite gymnasts under her coaching care
made the team, Amanda Borden (selected as team captain) and Jaycie Phelps. That
team earned the name ‘Magnificent Seven’ after winning gold, the first U.S.
women’s gymnastics team to win the top Olympic medal. In 2000, Tracy was again
named assistant coach for the Olympic team; however, she left Sidney before
the start of the games when her gymnast,
Morgan White – one of the team’s top members — was injured during
rehearsals and chose to pull out of competition. Tracy, feeling she belonged with her
gymnast, gave up her coaching title and accompanied White back to the States.

It is this well-known bond between Tracy and her gymnasts that prompted
gymnastics legends Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Dominique Moceanu to switch coaches
and train with Tracy for their comeback performances. After training with
Tracy, they were both able to come back after injury and win at major
competitions, before retiring from the sport (both are
currently coaching).

Obviously dedicated to gymnastics and her gymnasts, Tracy is also
passionate about bringing God’s spirit into the gym. She holds a Bible Study every
week, with many students attending on a regular basis. Spirit Group is a
Bible-based “encouragement” that centers on a different Bible verse every month;
every month the verse applies to events in the national gymnastics cycle, in order
to encourage the athletes in that month’s activity.

This 20-year veteran of coaching has won many awards, proof of the
respect she has gained from the gymnastics community, including Region V “Coach of
the Year” 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996; USA
Gymnastics “Women’s Coach of the Year” 1994, 1995, 1996; #1 ranked USA
National Training Center 1997, 1998, 1999 (Tracy is founder and co-owner of
Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy).

Tracy’s passion comes through as she says “Gymnastics has been my mission
in life. It has always been so clear to me that this is where God wants to
use me. He has been with me through the many highs and lows of my wonderfully
blessed career, and I realize that all of those experiences have helped me
to become the parent and coach that I am today… that all those experiences
help me to show God’s love to my students. It has also taught me that sports
are for learning lessons about life!”
About Ginny McCabe

Ginny McCabe is a Cincinnati native. She is an entertainment and feature
writer for The Middletown Journal and Journal News (dailies), The Pulse Journal
(weekly) and magazines including American Songwriter, Bassics, NRB Magazine, CBA
Marketplace, Christian Retailing, Relevant Magazine, others. McCabe has
authored Audio Adrenaline’s book, Some Kind of Journey on the Road with Audio
Adrenaline (1998) and Living the Gold-Medal Life: Inspirations From Female
Athletes, which is due out this summer. McCabe also operates McCabe Media, a
full-service media and public relations endeavor.

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