I was delighted yesterday to attend Krista Guloien’s Vancouver book launch for her first book, Beyond the Finish Line: What Happens when the Endorphins Fade.
Krista was part of Canada’s women’s eight rowing team competing at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. She and her team were thrilled to bring home silver medals. That was Krista’s third silver medal; she won the others at the 2010 and the 2011 World Rowing Championships. She had been training for this Olympic moment since joining Simon Fraser University’s rowing novice eight in 2001.
Then, eleven years later, Krista was ready to retire from high-performance athletics. But retirement loomed as an unknown, a transition that Krista was not sure about. How did she handle this life change?
She wrote about it and in the process found her next joy—teaching spin, public speaking, and promoting her book.
I feel lucky to have had Nina as my editor. She gave me confidence in my choices and added her expertise in a way that spoke to my personal expression and story. She was able to jump right into the detail of my work and see the big picture. I was in awe of how she was able to offer what she did. She has a special talent. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.If you want someone who is meticulous, knowledgeable, empathetic, and relentless when it comes to her pursuit of excellence, then Nina should be your editor. I could go on and on – I have so much appreciation for her.
If you want to know more about Krista and her journey before, during, and since rowing, check out her website full of images of rowing at the Olympics.