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Amanda Beard working on memoir

Updated: December 14, 2010, 2:53 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard wants to set an example outside the water, as well as in it.

Touchstone announced Tuesday that Beard is working on a memoir that will tell of her life away from the pool, a "harrowing journey" through drugs, alcohol and eating disorders.

The 29-year-old Beard won Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.

Beard says she hopes her memoir "will help others, especially high school and college-aged women, who may be dealing ...

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