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Casey Legler: Godspeed

In Conversation

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

An evocative and captivating memoir that goes deep into the world of professional athleticism and a life unravelling. Don’t miss this inspiring conversation with former French Olympian and model, Casey Legler, from their broken childhood, to Olympic success, drug abuse and crippling loneliness. 

At fifteen, Casey was already one of the fastest swimmers in the world. She was also an alcoholic, isolated from her family and incapable of forming lasting connections with those around her. Driven to compete at the highest levels, sent far away from home to train with the best coaches and teams, she found herself increasingly alone and alienated, living a life of cheap hotels and chlorine-worn skin, anonymous sexual encounters and escalating drug use.

Yet wondrously, when it is almost too late, she discovers a small light within herself, and senses a point of calm within the whirlwind of her life. In searing, evocative, visceral prose, Casey gives language to loneliness in this startling story of survival, defiance and of the embers that still burn when everything else in us goes dark.

Writers+Ideas is supported by EY and O’Neill Architecture

Reviews

Raw and poetic…lean and ferocious.

The New York Times

It is short and unorthodoxly prose-like, and it punches hard and dark.

The Sydney Morning Herald

More Info

Casey Legler is an artist, restaurateur, model, and former Olympic swimmer. Born in France to expatriate American parents, Casey grew up in Provence, and went on to swim for France in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The first woman signed to Ford Models to exclusively model men’s clothes, Casey has been featured in Vogue, Le Monde, and Time. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduated cum laude from Smith College, and currently divides her time between New York and Sydney with her wife, Siri May.

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