By Kathryn Bertine
Think George Plimpton. other than with genuine athletic skill. And he’s a girl. And she’s taken on a problem that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk online game of move Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former expert determine skater, and ravenous artist. simply as her own desires start to disintegrate in the summertime of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take years to make the 2008 summer time Olympics in Beijing. As solid As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial hard work within the geographical regions of triathlon, glossy pentathlon, workforce handball, music biking, street biking, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her trip, the stumbling blocks diversity from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to highway rash. yet, as time is working out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, basically the large—like scouring the globe for a tiny country to undertake her, and pushing her physique and brain so far as it's going to move. possibly all of the solution to China.
Between harrowing, usually laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes brief “Water Breaks” to consider the ins-and-outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and the way most sensible to punish steroid users.
Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides—and writes—like a champion. In As stable as Gold, Bertine proves she has anything extra beneficial than an Olympic medal. She’s bought Olympic mettle. in terms of the human center, she takes the gold.
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OKB456 chief designer V. P. Glushko received a salary of 6,000 rubles per month in 44 From Usedom Island to Gorodomlya Island 1947–1948. In that same OKB-456, German specialist Dr. Oswald Putze, deputy chief of engine production, received 5,000 rubles per month. Glushko’s deputy V. A. Vitka had a salary of 3,500 rubles. The Germans were permitted to transfer money to their relatives in Germany. On a par with all the Soviet specialists who worked at NII-88 and OKB-456, in addition to the aforementioned salaries, the Germans were given incentives in the form of large monetary awards for completing phases of work within the scheduled deadlines.
Pilyugin, L. A. Voskresenskiy, N. N. Smirnitskiy, and Ya. I. Tregub. All of these men would later reach senior engineering or military positions in the Soviet space program. spare parts. We placed the filter on the next rocket, and the effect was immediately evident. Lateral deviation was slight. To celebrate, Ustinov ordered that all the German specialists and their assistants be given what were for that time enormous bonuses—15,000 rubles each and a jerrican of alcohol for all of them. They, of course, couldn’t cope with it all and generously shared it with us.
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