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Assault on Lake Casitas

Assault on Lake Casitas [Kindle Edition]

Brad Alan Lewis
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Brad Alan Lewis’s determination to win an Olympic medal had taken over his life by 1984. He would be too old for the 1988 Games and his spot on the 1980 team had been lost to world politics. Only 1984 remained.

But Lewis had a problem.

Emotionally crushed after losing a guaranteed spot on the team by nine-tenths of a second in the single scull trials, Lewis went to the dreaded Olympic selection camp, where he hoped to earn a place in a national team boat.

Again he failed.

Lewis refused to be denied. He teamed up with Paul Enquist, who had been cut from the camp, and began training to challenge the national boat. It would be their last chance to compete in the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Using innovative psychological and physical training techniques developed by Lewis, they defeated the national entry at the double scull trials, three weeks after being considered failures by the system. In an event dominated by the Europeans, they won the first United States gold medal in rowing since 1964 and the first in the double scull since 1932.

Lewis’s story is more than a book about a man winning a gold medal in a sport that offers little more than personal rewards. It is about challenging convention, overcoming defeat and working outside of an established system. Assault on Lake Casitas is a compelling tale of competition at the highest possible level and the emotions that fuel obsession.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Shark Press (13 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read despite the flaws 24 Feb 2006
Brad Lewis' style is something of "an acquired taste" but the story is compelling - his dream shattered not once but twice, he came back to take first the team place and then the gold medal (with his rowing partner Paul Enquist). His description of "Coach Harry" and the post trials rowing camp is one familiar to anybody who has ever gone through crew selection. There are some things that could be better - for example it is not clear how Harry could possibly have achieved all he has in rowing if he was really as incompetent a coach as Lewis describes, nor is there much on the relationship between Lewis and Enquist (it would be fascinating to have Enquist's side of the story). But overall this is a great book - and I defy you not to be moved by Lewis' description of the Olympic final!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Assault on Lake Cassitas 25 April 2003
By A Customer
Stuck on training camp? Feeling demotivated and forgotten why exactly you took up rowing in the first place? Read this book!!!
This is an inspirational true story which in particular highlights the importance of the psychological preparation needed in the build up to an olympic games. Although not usually a fan of biographies, I could not put this down. Non-rowers would probably also enjoy this as it is well written and does not get bogged down in technical detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly motivational 11 July 2003
By A Customer
An excellent insight into the world of rowing. Although not all athletes make it to the top, we still all suffer problems with squad members, coaches, motivation, focus etc. This book tells the story of how one person managed to overcome all of these problems and win an Olympic gold medal. I've read it many times and each time it motivates me to strive to excel in my sport.
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By jim
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Brad managed to overcome adversity (often self caused) to achieve his goal. His unwillingness to give up is impressive. Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining read 27 Oct 2013
By nick
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this book because it was recommended to me in k graingers great autobiographical book.
Brad in this book is very good at cracking jokes. brad in particular seemed to me to win his amazing concluding medal by brute force and ignorance as very honestly it seemed to me the victory was fuelled by anger and junk food both of which are not recommended.
However his psychologist mike? was great at bringing calmness to brad and i would have been been delighted to have read more of mikes ideas as i love psychological insights. thanks very much brad for making me laugh!
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