Open Heart, Open Mind

By Clara Hughes

In 2006, when Clara Hughes stepped onto the Olympic podium in Torino, Italy, she became the first and only athlete ever to win multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. But there’s another story behind her celebrated career as an athlete.

Told with honesty, passion, and humour, Open Heart, Open Mind blends a dramatic behind-the-scenes look at the fiercely competitive world of endurance sports with Hughes’ compelling personal story—an athlete struggling with depression and a daughter seeking to heal.

Sixtime Olympic medalist Clara Hughes began her career in professional sports when she was just sixteen years old and became the only athlete to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games. Highly decorated, she is a Member of the Order of Manitoba and an Officer of the Order of Canada. She has received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Clara is the national spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk initiative, a campaign dedicated to breaking down the stigma of mental health. In 2014, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, a decoration that recognizes those whose outstanding personal commitment has brought honour to Canada. Clara lives with her husband Peter in Canmore, Alberta, and continues to enjoy bike touring and hiking.