Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann retired from rowing in 1999 with three Olympic medals. Her views of competition and athletics were published to coincide with the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Unsinkable (HarperCollins 2014).

The importance of unstructured and unscheduled play for children outside-and taking the steps to ensure communities can support such freedom-is the subject for Laumann's first book, Child's Play (Knopf, 2006 $29.95) Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, she has established a non-profit organization, Silken's Active Kids, to encourage fitness and play for youngsters. 0-679-31406-7

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