Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey


TOUGH GIRL Meets Her First Goal!


We have a team of publishers now, but more lies ahead.
Because orders keep coming in, we're raising the bar to $10,000 with a percentage of the funds going to two pertinent causes: Write Around Portland and Portland Parks Foundation: Summer Free for All.

It's been wonderful hearing from former students, friends, and classmates. What a gift this journey.

Gratefully yours,


For thirty-five years my English students asked, “What were the Olympics like?”, “How did you get to go?”, “”Who sponsored you?” Clever questions to get a teacher off track. No dummy, I knew that trick and promised that when I retired I’d tell all.

It took seven years and a life’s upheaval before I pulled out those yellow pads where my in-class quick-writes, begun with my students, waited. Then the hard work began: two years to form the story, another two to refine, expand, discard and rewrite, and another two to sit back and wait before I felt ready for the final sprint to the finish.

TOUGH GIRL: An Olympian’s Journey comes out this Fall, a memoir focusing on two journeys separated by fifty-six years, one along the road to Rome in 1960 and the other upon the Camino de Santiago in 2012.

My author website is

To get an estimate for printing quantities, I’m offering pre-sales through this site. Your contribution now, however small or large, will help me with publishing costs. You’ll be on the team!

Pre-ordered books will be mailed in October.

$25.00 contribution will earn a signed copy of the book. 

$45.00 contribution will earn a signed book and a VIP invitation to the book launch party (Portland, OR area) where you can pick up your signed book.

$100.00+ contribution wins a signed book, the VIP invite to the book launch, and a public reading or discussion at a mutually agreed upon date/location in the Oregon/Washington. A great treat for your book club.

I look forward to sharing my story with you. Thank you for any and all support.

Carolyn Wood
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Carolyn Wood 
Portland, OR
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