A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History

A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History

by Seth Berkman


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One of ESPN’s 25 Can’t Miss Books of 2019

“A feel-good story.”—
New York Times Book Review

“This isn’t simply a sports book. Rather, it’s a book about inspiring and courageous women who just happened to be hockey players.”—Korea Times

The inspiring, unlikely story of the American, Canadian, South Korean and even North Korean women who joined together to form Korea’s first Olympic ice hockey team.

Two weeks before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea’s women’s hockey team was forced into a predicament that no president, ambassador or general had been able to resolve in the sixty-five years since the end of the Korean War. Against all odds, the group of young women were able to bring North and South Korea closer than ever before.

The team was built for this moment. They had been brought together from across the globe and from a wide variety of backgrounds—concert pianist, actress, high school student, convenience store worker—to make history. Now the special kinship they had developed would guide them through the biggest challenge of their careers. Suddenly thrust into an international spotlight, they showed the powerful meaning of what a unified Korea could resemble.

In A Team of Their Own, Seth Berkman goes behind the scenes to tell the story of these young women as they became a team amid immense political pressure and personal turmoil, and ultimately gained worldwide acceptance on a journey that encapsulates the truest meanings of sport and family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335005533
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 384,813
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Born in Seoul and raised in New Jersey, Seth Berkman made his first trip back to South Korea since his adoption during the 2018 Winter Olympics, when Korea's first women's Olympic hockey team made their historic debut. Berkman met the team while on assignment for theNew York Times, where he has been a regular contributor since 2012. A graduate of Columbia University Journalism School, he has also had work published by The New Yorker and dozens of other local and national outlets.

Table of Contents

A Note on Style 11

Prologue 13

Part 1 17

Chapter 1 Atlas Shrugs 19

Chapter 2 Not Like Hannah 28

Chapter 3 Phishing for Talent 39

Chapter 4 Seoul Sisters 51

Chapter 5 The Junger 60

Chapter 6 The Hen Crows 71

Chapter 7 The Coach with the Blue Eyes 84

Chapter 8 Babos 100

Chapter 9 The Boy Crying Wolf 111

Chapter 10 Boss-Ass Bitches 127

Chapter 11 Be Who You Are 141

Chapter 12 Under Pressure 156

Chapter 13 Lost and Found 167

Part 2 183

Chapter 14 The Slap Shot Heard Round the World 185

Chapter 15 Suffering or in Joy, to the Love of Country 198

Chapter 16 Family 212

Chapter 17 Comrades 230

Chapter 18 One Step at a Time 238

Chapter 19 A Spotlight Stolen 251

Chapter 20 Unified No More 260

Chapter 21 Make Korea Proud 267

Chapter 22 Becca 281

Chapter 23 The Miracle Office 291

Chapter 24 A Foggy Road 304

Chapter 25 Evolution 314

Chapter 26 One Body 324

Chapter 27 Nothing Else Matters 335

Acknowledgments 351

Notes 355

Index 367

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