An endearingly honest, inspirational account of inner strength and mental health from the multi-medal-winning speed skater.
Unflinchingly frank, Elise Christie’s autobiography recounts her experiences as an elite athlete - the immense pressures, the ups, the downs, the triumphs and the trials - alongside sharing her struggles with self-harm, low self-esteem and PTSD. While getting the inside story of what it’s like to compete at such an elite level is compelling and revelatory (as Triple World Champion, ten-time European Champion and former world record holding short track speed skater Christie sure knows what that’s like), Resilience is a sports autobiography that transcends the genre.
Christie’s voice is incredibly engaging - the book’s style is conversational, chatty, witty, and strong. Here she tells it like it is no matter what her subject - relationship break-ups, corrupt doping practices, dubious penalty and disqualification decisions, the abuse she endured (including death threats) in the aftermath of an incident at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Then there’s her struggles with self-harm, which she explains provided “a good couple of hours of relief” while acknowledging that she “absolutely hated myself for doing it, I thought it was so fucking weak.” Powerful stuff, and always shot-through with an inspirational steely determination that will see Christie compete in the 2022 Beijing Olympics - “Whatever happens going forward, I’ll be fine. And that includes the Olympics in 2022.”
Resilience is the compellingly honest autobiography of Elise Christie- triple World Champion, ten-time European Champion and former world record holding short track speed skater.
In a world where online scrutiny is more intense than ever, Elise's story massively transcends sport. Having been routinely bullied for being unconventional while growing up in Scotland, Christie first felt the full weight of online public opinion following three separate disqualifications at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Death threats followed amid a torrent of online hate whereby she was accused of having caused a rival South Korean medal hopeful to crash. And with that, Christie, aged just 24, retreated into a period of mental health support and medication to assist her through extremely traumatic times on the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where again her dreams fell apart in barely believable circumstances.
In December 2018, after months of experimental self-harm as her mental health spiralled out of control, Christie stood at a figurative cliff-edge with a razor blade held against her left wrist. Years of low esteem issues and PTSD triggered by a variety of events that included a house fire and a deeply personal event that until now she has never discussed, had led her to a place where she felt her life just couldn't continue as it was.
And yet, she emerged stronger. Instead of personalizing her issues, Christie went public in April 2019 via Instagram - and in doing so became a vital, young female voice in the battle against mental health stigma as she approaches her final date with destiny at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Told with her trademark blend of unfiltered honesty and dark humour, Resilience is her incredible, inspiring story.
|Publication date:||30th September 2021|
|Publisher:||Reach Sport an imprint of Reach plc|
|Primary Genre||Biographies & Autobiographies|