Ann Worthington

Ann Worthington

More Than Medals: Lessons from an Olympian

Are sports good for kids? Does participation in athletics improve a person’s life? Yes, according to Betsy Mitchell, a collegiate athletic director and two-time Olympian, medalist, world champion, record holder, and seven-time NCAA champion swimmer. But according to Mitchell, amateur sports are only beneficial when the focus remains on acquiring skills, developing sportsmanship, and having fun. From her journey competing in sports, she learned many lessons that she applies in her daily life and career. In this inspirational memoir, Betsy writes a love letter to amateur athletes, revealing how the joy and challenges of sports shaped her life and sharing twelve pivotal lessons she learned along the way.

Reviews and Ratings

“As a parent, I’ve tried to emphasize to my son the importance of hard work and doing your best in sports, but social media and television often drown out that message. This book reveals what amateur sports should be; that the process is valuable because learning life lessons is the true reward.”

– Jill Sterkel, 4x Olympian, 13x individual U.S. National Champion, and 16x NCAA/AIAW individual National Champion swimmer

“Betsy puts into words what I have felt for years—that participating in sports can be such a healthy part of life, but only if kept in perspective with the bigger picture of one’s life. Betsy’s lessons will help current athletes, coaches, and parents develop and maintain a healthy attitude towards training and competing.”

– Mary T. Meagher, 3x Olympian, World Record Holder, and 24x U.S. National Champion swimmer

More than Medals is a tribute to the magic of sports and their power to transform young lives. I’ve known Betsy for more than four decades and she writes just as she has lived her lifewith authentic grit, unrelenting determination, and clear-eyed convictiontelling a truth all athletes have learned, that pursuing athletic excellence drives success long after the playing days are over.”

– John Moffet, 2x Olympian, 3x Emmy-winning producer