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The Secret Olympian: The Inside Story Of The Olympic Experience (2012)

by Anonymous(Favorite Author)
3.26 of 5 Votes: 3
1408154927 (ISBN13: 9781408154922)
A&C Black Trade
review 1: Subtitled 'the inside story of the Olympic experience' and anonymously written, this reveals the good, the bad and the ugly about the relentless and single-minded focus required to get there, the struggle between reveling in just 'being there' versus the all-or-nothing sense of opportunity and the aftermath - of the Games themselves but also of a career that does not really foster a rounded preparation for life as we mere mortals know it. Aside from the author's own experiences, there are also lots of interviews/snippets from other athletes who competed in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. All in all quite a fascinating read.
review 2: I plodded my way through this book. It is an interesting look into the intense lives of those who strive for sporting perfection. I
... more did at times find it just a bit smug and self indulgent and had to keep giving myself reminders to pick it up and finish it. But I am glad I did, as the final few chapters covering the end of sporting careers and returning to "normal" life was definitely worth the plod. less
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As an Olympian myself this is interesting to other non Olympians I can see it explains a lot. Enjoy
tell secrets about the opympiac that you never hear about else you read this book
Loved this insider look at being an Olympian.
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