Course Correction, with Ginny Gilder
We are happy to present author and Olympic medalist Ginny Gilder, whose book Course Correction tells the heartfelt and candid story of a young woman's journey to become an elite athlete in the wake of Title IX. Gilder first saw a rowing shell on the Charles River in Boston at a pivotal time in her life, and her instant connection eventually led her to break barriers, face family tragedy, and eventually accept her own sexual identity, freeing her to live life on her own terms.
Having grown up in an era when girls were only beginning to abandon the
sidelines as observers and cheerleaders to become competitors and
national champions, Gilder harbored no dreams of athletic stardom. But when Gilder went to Yale in 1975, her operating assumptions changed nearly overnight
when, as a freshman in 1975, she found her way to the university's
rowing tanks in the gymnasium's cavernous basement.
From her first strokes as a novice, Gilder found herself in a new world, training with Olympic rowers and participating in the famous Title IX naked protest, which helped define the movement for equality in college sports. Short, asthmatic, and stubborn, Gilder made the team against all odds and for the next ten years devoted herself to answering a seemingly simple question: how badly do you want to go fast?
Course Correction recounts the physical and psychological barriers Gilder overcame as she transformed into an elite athlete who reached the highest echelon of her sport. Set against the backdrop of unprecedented cultural change, Gilder's story personalizes the impact of Title IX, illustrating the life-changing lessons learned in sports but felt far beyond the athletic arena.
Ginny Gilder is an Olympic silver medalist in rowing, the founder and CEO of an investment business, and co-owner of the Seattle Storm. The mother of three children and stepmother of two, Gilder lives with her wife, Lynn, and their two poodles in Seattle, Washington.