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Olympic Game: The Story of The Great Dorando and The Great Pretender
 
 

Olympic Game: The Story of The Great Dorando and The Great Pretender [Kindle Edition]

John Bryant
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The Italian always dreamed about the Olympics. He hungered for his fifteen minutes of fame. He dreamed of riches, gold but most of all the headlines and the glory that went with it.

Way back in 1908 Dorando Pietri, from a tiny north Italian town, had captured worldwide headlines in the first London Olympics, when he dramatically collapsed within yards of the Marathon finish. Eager officials hauled him to his feet and practically pushed him over the line. He was disqualified from winning the Gold medal. But he was awarded a special gold cup by the Queen Alexandra and was hailed as the hero of those first London Olympics.

Nearly forty years later, in the summer of 1947, in a London that was still recovering from the blitz, a diminutive and slightly balding café owner turned up and announced to the world “I am the Great Dorando”.

He stepped out of the shadows to haunt the Olympic Games staged defiantly in this austere city still patching itself up from the ravages of war. He swanned his way around town cashing in on the Olympic fever that was building up in the press. He would boast colourfully of the exploits of forty years before.

He told how there on a scorching hot day in July 1908 he had staggered into the stadium at Shepherd’s Bush looking near to death and stolen the headlines around the world.

By the time he strutted around Britain’s capital two world wars had wiped the name and the memory of Dorando from the headlines. But here was the legend and his story rising from the dead.

But could this man be a pretender, a fantasist, a hoax? This is the remarkable and true story of how a Birmingham café owner engraved for ever his name into the history of the Olympic Games.

As a life-long athlete, Oxford Blue, country champion, British Universities student international, and coach to an Olympic athlete, John Bryant has an unrivalled insight into the world of athletics and the minds of runners. Since 1971, John Bryant has worked as a Fleet Street journalist where he was Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Deputy Editor of The Times and Consultant Editor of the Daily Mail. Currently he is chairman of the Press Association Trust and chairman of the London Marathon Trust. He is the biographer of Chris Brasher and lives in Kingston-on-Thames.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 131 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (29 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R0E1FK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and curiouser! 1 Aug 2012
By Miss S
At the 2008 Olympics, I can briefly recall my parents telling me about the incident years ago with the man who collapsed before the finish line and I could not understand why he was a hero. I wasn't really interested in the Olympics as, for me, they were being held in a faraway country with athletes about whom I knew very little, but since they are being held in Great Britain this year I have become more and more interested in these events and why they have been bringing people together. I was then recommended this book by a friend and I now understand why Dorando Pietri's story is so influential and why the games are so important today. What I like about this book is that Bryant tells us the whole story; it's not just about Dorando's determination to succeed but also about a desperate man's hunger to be part of something big and something that affects people the world over. The London 2012 Olympics really are an event not to be missed, just like this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Hero 1 Aug 2012
Upon reading this book I had no idea who The Great Dorando was or about his heroic tale and I was relieved to discover that he wasn't some sort of magician, as the name suggests, but an Olympic hero. Inspiring and moving, his tale is one that would have lived on for decades if it wasn't for the two world wars but I'm glad to see that it has been revived here and with such eloquence as written by John Bryant. I hope that people will read this book and remember this story throughout this year's Olympics and if we were to have a history-making moment that even comes close to this, just as it was then, it will be an Olympics to remember!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Olympic Mystery 31 July 2012
I had no idea who Dorando Pietri was and his history with the Olympics when I took a punt on this. However, by the end of the book I was embroiled in a great Olympic mystery. John Bryant cleverly reveals Dorando's story (and someone's clever fraud) through a well researched and well structured ebook that leaves you eager to find out the truth of this little known Olympic mystery. A short but entertaining curo's egg of a book, well worth reading whilst watching the games.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Forgotten History!!! 23 Feb 2013
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The differences between Dorando and Peter, the Pretender. Who knows? Like people say about Elvis, he's alive. Its worth the read though because you get to learn a bit of history of people back then.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Hero 2 Sep 2012
By LyndsayA - Published on Amazon.com
Upon reading this book I had no idea who The Great Dorando was or about his heroic tale and I was relieved to discover that he wasn't some sort of magician, as the name suggests, but an Olympic hero. Inspiring and moving, his tale is one that would have lived on for decades if it wasn't for the two world wars but I'm glad to see that it has been revived here and with such eloquence as written by John Bryant. I hope that people will read this book and remember this story throughout this year's Olympics and if we were to have a history-making moment that even comes close to this, just as it was then, it will be an Olympics to remember!
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and curiouser! 2 Sep 2012
By Miss S - Published on Amazon.com
At the 2008 Olympics, I can briefly recall my parents telling me about the incident years ago with the man who collapsed before the finish line and I could not understand why he was a hero. I wasn't really interested in the Olympics as, for me, they were being held in a faraway country with athletes about whom I knew very little, but since they are being held in Great Britain this year I have become more and more interested in these events and why they have been bringing people together. I was then recommended this book by a friend and I now understand why Dorando Pietri's story is so influential and why the games are so important today. What I like about this book is that Bryant tells us the whole story; it's not just about Dorando's determination to succeed but also about a desperate man's hunger to be part of something big and something that affects people the world over. The London 2012 Olympics really are an event not to be missed, just like this book!
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