Nancy Kerrigan

Two-time Olympic Medalist Nancy Kerrigan joins us to share her first ever picture book, Stronger than She Thinks, which shares scenes from her childhood as she learns how to work hard, to believe in herself, and to land her first axel jump. Nancy will discuss her book, answer questions, and sign copies!

This event will be held in our third floor studio space. Tickets are bundled with a copy of Stronger than She Thinks that Nancy will sign after the event. A companion ticket option is available for families coming with multiple kids who only need one copy of the book. PLEASE NOTE: Companion tickets must be purchased in addition to a regular bundled ticket. Please reach out to with any questions regarding ticketing. 

If you're not able to make the event, you can order a signed and personalized copy by clicking on the book below. Add "Signed Copy" and how you'd like the book personalized in the comments section of your order. 

Nancy (age 8) and her family sacrifice time, money, and effort into her clear skill, talent, and passion for figure skating. She's really good at it, but money is tight while she's learning to land the hardest of figure skating jumps - the axel. And she must be able to do one in order to go to her first competition.

Her skates are too small, her feet hurt, but try after try, she gets up off the ice and takes another turn around the ice until she finally lands that first (wobbly) axel and then lands it solidly at her first competition.

Persistence, hard work, and the importance of believing in yourself are highlighted in this story from the earliest moments of Nancy Kerrigan's figure skating career.

From the author's note:

From the earliest moments in my skating career, I faced obstacle after obstacle. But I kept trying. Every time I fell, I got back up. Every time I failed, I tried again. Every time someone told me no, I kept working until I earned a yes.... Eventually, I learned that I had more strength within me than I ever realized. And here's great news--you're stronger than you think, too.

Nancy Kerrigan is a two-time Olympic Medalist and a U.S. Ladies' Figure Skating Champion. She won a bronze medal at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics and a silver medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. She is the co-author of Artistry on Ice: Figure Skating Skills and Style (Human Kinetics, 2002) and Nancy Kerrigan: In My Own Words (Hyperion, 1996). Stronger than She Thinks is her first book for children.

Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Stronger Than She Thinks By Nancy Kerrigan, Ryan G. Van Cleave (With), Arief Putra (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nancy Kerrigan, Ryan G. Van Cleave (With), Arief Putra (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781638192077
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bushel & Peck Books - November 21st, 2023