This summer I had the tremendous honor to be chosen to narrate an Olympic athlete’s memoir of struggle and faith. David Boudia twice journeyed to the Olympics, first failing to meet his lofty goals, and finally, literally, blowing them out of the water. His new title, Greater Than Gold, From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption, is out today at Audible.
Narrating a memoir is at one and the same time the most gratifying experience as a narrator and the most terrifying. Terrifying because its the author’s life story, his or her own words pulled out of their heart and placed on the page. Gratifying because there’s nothing like a true story to grip an actor’s soul and emotions. David Boudia competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, bringing home from London two medals, including the United State’s first gold since 2000.
His telling of the events of his life leading up to 2016’s competition is a gripping read, bringing you into the mind and faith of an elite athlete. I don’t want to give too much away, but David experiences a major shift in his thinking and his world view, resulting in a whole new way to approach competition and life itself.