Team Canada athletes are full of personality. From post-game interviews to Instagram reels, their sound bites and social feeds provide all fans with a wide variety of content to choose from.
But when it comes to truly getting inside the mind of an Olympian, some have gone the traditional route of telling their stories within the pages of a book. Here’s a quick rundown of a few you might want to add to your shelf or listening queue:
Sidney Crosby: The rookie year
In Sidney Crosby: Rookie Year, the two-time Olympic gold medalist reflects on his rookie season in the NHL. Crosby recalls his early days with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the high expectations for an 18-year-old trying to take a struggling franchise to new heights.
Of course, Crosby lived up to the hype as he won three Stanley Cups as well as gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. Get the scoop on his historic rookie season:
LILY: Top 10 moments from the Vancouver Games
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir danced into the hearts of Canadians for the first time at Vancouver 2010 on their way to becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. In this book, they take fans behind the scenes of their many memorable performances. They detail their triumphs at three Winter Olympics and share more than 100 photos as well as personal stories and stories from family, friends and coaches. A must read for all Team Canada fans.
READ: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s career highlights
Proud to Play: Canadian LGBTQ+ Athletes Who Made History
This book written by Erin Silver is aimed at teens, but the inspiring stories of Olympians and coaches from the LGBTQ+ community will appeal to sports fans of all ages. Several Olympians have participated in this project, including Olympic champion swimmer Mark Tewksbury, three-time Olympic medalist figure skater Eric Radford and two-time Olympian speed skater Anastasia Bucsis.
There are stories of extreme challenges and loneliness, but also stories of resilience and determination. This book will make all young athletes and competitors proud to play.
LILY: Team Canada Olympians are ‘proud to play’ and inspire the next generation
Clara Hughes carries one of the most diverse resumes of Team Canada athletes. She competed in the Summer and Winter Olympics, winning two medals in road cycling and four medals in long track speed skating. In this autobiography, she peels back the layers and opens up about her strengths and weaknesses that made her the person she is.
Hughes writes candidly about his personal mental health challenges in a touching story that is sometimes funny, often passionate, and always told with great sincerity.
Run with me!
We all learned to run as kids, so André De Grasse made sure to give them something to keep them moving! Retrace the career of Canadian star sprinter André De Grasse in this book for ages 4 to 8. The six-time Olympic medalist encourages young readers to pursue their dreams and persevere by proving through his own story that anything is possible.
Bibi’s Got Game: A story of tennis, meditation and a dog named Coco
In this children’s book, Bianca Andreescu explains how to overcome difficult times using meditation and introspection. In a book aimed at ages 4 to 8, she teaches kids that from an early age, staying positive is the key to overcoming challenges.
The magic of basketball
The magic of the sport of basketball is something that keeps many children across Canada busy. Tokyo 2020 Olympian Kayla Alexander was no different. She wrote and illustrated this children’s book which recounts the journey of an athlete since her first participation in professional life.
Alexander wanted to illustrate and write a children’s book so that visible minority youth could see themselves and dream big. Basketball is always rewarding for those who can dream big and invest and Kayla Alexander’s journey is no exception.
READ: Kayla Alexander and the magic of basketball