Author Bio

Carolyn Wood

Carolyn Wood became one of the youngest athletes to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming. She is the author of Tough Girl: Lessons in Courage and Heart from Olympic Gold to the Camino de Santiago, a memoir that moves between her time training for the Olympics as a teenager to some 50 years later on a solo pilgrimage walking the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago in an attempt to reclaim her "inner tough girl" as she reflects on coming out as gay in the 1970s after a brief marriage, motherhood and the sudden loss of a 30-year relationship.

Stories by Carolyn Wood...