The Olympics Beat

While America is catching the Olympic spirit and learning about London this summer, one East Valley native is sharing the other-worldly experience she had at the last Olympic Games — in Beijing, China.

Shannon Young, who grew up in Gilbert, attended the 2004 Athens, Greece Olympics with her father, before heading to China four years later.

Young’s book “The Olympics Beat: A Spectator’s Memoir of Beijing” showcases “the drama, the variety, the spectacle” of the Olympics — essentially the “non-athlete side of the games.”

Currently living in Hong Kong, Young is a graduate of Colgate University and has written multiple travel memoirs.

According to a press release, during the week of its release, “The Olympics Beat” was No. 1 in the China travel category and in the top 20 of the travel memoir category at

For more details on Young’s writings and travels, visit her blog at

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