Ever wonder what it takes to raise elite athletes, including one who became a five-time Olympic gold medalist?
Wella Hartig, the mother of Aaron and Hayley Peirsol, details her experience of what she describes in one instance as, "a perfect storm," in her new book, "Buoyant: How Water and Willpower Helped Wella to Channel Aaron and Hayley Peirsol."
Hartig wrote the book with Laura Cottam Sajbel. It's available online.
Hartig writes about the triumphs, adversity and pressure it took to raise Aaron, the world record holder in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, and Hayley, a standout distance swimmer who competed for Auburn and later became a triathlete.
Hartig, who now lives in Costa Rica, contends the book isn't solely about swimming, or aquatics, or raising athletes. It also concentrates on life as a single mother, specifically the life of Hartig, who separated from her first husband, Scott Peirsol, and later divorced.