The story of River is based on Vanessa’s childhood as a young gymnast. She was inspired to write this book from her own experiences in gymnastics. She now coaches gymnastics in Bakersfield, California. Vanessa hopes to help children through the ups and downs in the world of sports.
If you would like Vanessa to visit your gym, email USA Gymnastics to arrange a reading and book signing.
Vanessa Atler was a U.S. National Champion and a 1998 Goodwill Games Gold Medalist. She was also a World team member in 1999.