The greatest women’s hockey player of all time, Hayley Wickenheiser shares the lessons that won her four Olympic gold medals, and hard-earned wisdom distilled from moments when she fell short.
There is no one in the world like Hayley Wickenheiser.
13 World Championship appearances. 6 Olympic Games. Hockey Hall of Famer. All while raising a child, earning multiple university degrees, and not benefiting from the financial stability male professional athletes have. She gave the game everything she had—now, Hayley shares what the game gave her.
From motherhood to pro leagues to her new career in medicine, Hayley shares the hard-won lessons she learned on and off the ice that helped her not only have a record-breaking hockey career but craft a life filled with joy, growth, and challenges. In her own words, Hayley shares how she rose from the backyard pond and changing in boiler rooms (because girls' dressing rooms didn’t exist) to Olympic MVP (twice). How becoming a parent made her a better athlete. How she learned to thrive under monumental pressure. But she doesn’t stop at revealing the pillars to her tremendous success—Hayley delves into her immense failures and how she grew from them. Like Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, and Abby Wambach before her, Hayley shares her wisdom through personal stories of triumph, relentlessness, and more than a couple confrontations. Told with humour, compassion, and steadfast optimism, Hayley’s practical advice, coaching, and invaluable perspective inspires readers to never accept “that’s not the way we do things” or “that hasn’t been done before” as limitations. An empowering and pragmatic guide, Hayley encourages readers to not follow in her footsteps, but to carve their own ice.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re pretty sure anyone who reads this memoir by hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser will come away wanting to be a little bit like her. Wickenheiser shares the triumphs and setbacks that have made her such a role model both on and off the ice. She relays her experiences in a humble, warmhearted, humorous, and often self-deprecating tone—and her life lessons are incredibly inspiring, even if your dreams are way different than hers. We were fascinated by the way she credits her Olympic victories with preparing her for her current career in medicine, and then how she makes the lessons she’s learned relevant to anybody, in any field. We also loved Wickenheiser’s advice about owning your emotions and accepting that pressure itself can be your most valuable teammate. No matter what you want to do in life, some quality time with Wickenheiser will make you feel like a gold medal winner.
A little cliched but Hayley is amazing
It’s a little cliched at times with messages such as “pressure is a privilege!” “Vulnerability is strength”. While these things are true - they have already been discussed widely in pop culture by people like Brene Brown. Hayley is a very admirable person to win so many gold medals and to finish med school. She’s just not a particularly original writer or thinker. I gave it 3 out 5 stars.