Brands Pens Book

Bonnie BrandsIowa City, Iowa — Former Sheldon resident, and the mother of Olympic medalists Tom and Terry Brands has written a book chronicling her adventures in raising her twin Olympians.

The book, entitled, “I’m The Mom” tells the story of the Brands Boys from their birth in Omaha, through their years in Sheldon, and into adulthood.  KIWA talked with Bonnie Brands and she told us how this book came about.

She says she thinks the growing up years in Sheldon were good for her twins.

Bonnie says Tom and Terry’s fierce competitive spirit was evident from a very early age.

She does concede that sometimes, growing up, the boys could be a handful.

She says that raising the twin Olympians, while sometimes challenging, was a pleasure for her.

Tom Brands won a Gold Medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and twin brother Terry won Bronze at the 2000 Summer Olympics.  Tom is currently Head Wrestling Coach at the University of Iowa, and is a 3-time Big 10 Coach of the Year.  Terry Brands is Associate Head Coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling program.

Bonnie’s book, “I’m The Mom” is available online, and can be ordered by clicking here.



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