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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Shark Pr (Mar. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879174006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879174009
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,368,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of the Olympic rower's determination to win an Olympic medal, against all the odds. More than simply a sporting autobiography, this is about challenging convention, overcoming defeat and working outside of an established system, a compelling tale of competition at the highest level and the emotions that fuel obsession. A book about excellence. Paperback, pp177 + 8 plates.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David1234 on 24 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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By David Madden on 26 Sept. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I rate this as one of the finest sports books I've read although I'm a little biased as an ex-rower. Having just read it in Sept'13, I'm amazed that it didn't come up on my radar sooner given that it was written in the 1980's. Above all, this book is candid and honest sometimes to the detriment of the author's character (in the eyes of people who have never rowed). What it underlines is that oarsmen will sacrifice many things to make a boat go faster which is one of the fascinations of the sport. An oarsperson will ditch his best friend/crew member in favour of another if he/she feels that this will give the boat a greater chance of winning. Furthermore, the person who is ditched will fully understand.
This kindle-read was un-putdownable. Lewis' writing is very fluid and the chapters flow seamlessly into each other. We see the deep levels of introspection, single-mindedness and toughness that are essential qualities in winners. It's a book about self-awareness and about making personal choices. Lewis decided after Parker's sculling trials that Parker's formula wasn't doing it for him. He showed great courage in deciding to go off on a different training route when the perceived odds would have been stacked against him. Similarly he chooses to keep away from people that undermine his positivity, a valuable lesson for anyone regardless of their walk in life.
There is one huge lesson to be garnered from this book. People will underestimate us or lose faith in us during periods of our lives but many of us have it in us to prove others wrong. Self-belief coupled with personal responsibility are everything. Lewis has written a magnificent book which deserves a place in the pantheon of great sports-writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2003
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2003
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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 nick on 27 Oct. 2013
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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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