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If Not Now, When?: One man's extraordinary quest for Olympic glory, twenty years after his first gold medal by [Searle, Greg]
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"This is a fascinating read, laced with triumph, tragedy and a series of eye-watering accidents that always seem to befall him on his day off...He never shies away from question, nor from his own faults and foibles. Which is what makes this a compelling read." --Daily Telegraph

"honest and inspirational tale of personal and sporting achievement" --Big Issue in the North

"Searle should be congratulated for giving us an admirably honest, intelligent and heart-wrenching account of what it takes to occupy the elite of sport". --Daily Express

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The story of one man's extraordinary comeback in search of Olympic gold

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1934 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00844Y1PY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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My husband and I read this book because we were suffering from Olympic withdrawal symptoms and it was the perfect antidote. Greg Searle's story of his sporting experiences and decision to risk so much and go for another Olympic gold at the age of forty is gripping, searingly honest, moving and life-enhancing. I can't wait for my sons to be old enough to read it, because the way Searle has lived his life, faced his mistakes and shown dedication to his sport, as described in this book, is a great example to boys and young men (not to mention girls and young women too). Stirring stuff.
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Normally, sportsmen and women publish their achievements very frequently after hitting form and fame.The question is when their story is first known, do they decide to then behave strangely, as for instance Georgie Best Good, the Bad and the Bubbly or Paul Gascoigne, simply because they were really always odd, or in order to keep up their cash flow with explanations on their latest fetes of violence and drunkard stupidity. This was the first book published by an Olympic athlete when the London Games in August 2012 closed, and, as in the case of the cyclist Victoria Pendleton Between the Lines: My Autobiography, it is most informative, exciting, well argued, and beautifully written.

Like Pendleton, Greg Searle who has now retired (possibly again) he traces his peaks and troughs, and hisaccomplishments right up to the London summer Games, and so is current. It can be looked in terms as arevealing sociological study.
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'If Not Now, When?' is an insightful, honest and inspiring book and I urge anyone who thinks getting older is a barrier in life to read it.

I'm already planning how I can compete in Rio 2016!
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First things first, this isn't a sugar-coated or censored account of Greg's rowing career in the way you might expect with a book timed for release at the Olympics. It's a highly detailed and searingly honest account, packed full of personal anecdotes and sporting analogies. I feel it's a must-read for anyone interested in rowing over the last 20 years and has plenty of raw emotion to interest a wider audience of sports fans. I particularly enjoyed reading about the Hampton School training methods - if only I could have read it 20 years ago and improved my approach to rowing as a junior!

I read this on a Kindle. All formatting is absolutely fine and there are several photos included at the end of the book.
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Greg Searle gives a fantastic insight into his life and Rowing career, and journey from his fantastic success aged 20 with his brother in 1992, through his comeback to the Olympic final in 2012 aged forty. The best thing about this book was it's honesty, and the highs and lows and sacrifices that even a gifted athlete have to endure to achieve in one of the worlds toughest sports. I would highly recommend this book to anybody, as it gives a heartfelt insight into the life of an Olympian, anybody who wants to achieve in life should read this book, If not now, when...
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Well done Greg, a great read, i had a 25 year gap between my competitive rowing and although not competing at the same level i can fully appreciate the challenges you faced ! There's life left on the old dogs yet !
Good luck in your new challenges.
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This a fascinating book detailing the ups and downs of being an Olympic champion and what it takes to make a comeback. At times this book is painfully honest about mistakes made and how they could have been avoided, an honesty which you do not always find in such books. Highly recommended to anyone who has an interest in elite sport and what it takes to be successful.
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Few have the physical and mental attributes that go to make an Olympic champion. Greg Searle has been blessed with both and his sporting palmares shows he made the most of it. But his story - brilliantly crafted and paced here - is more than the typical story of an athlete. Greg opens up to the failures and mental traumas that exceptional athletes face as well the stories of his many successes. His honesty in questioning the impact his early success had on his motivation is admirable and the story itself is one of a person reflecting on how they have matured as a human being as well as an athlete.

With rare eloquence and honesty not often seen in this genre he makes a compelling case for getting off your arse and trying to achieve your goal.

Gold, Bronze, Bronze - not bad going for a F**witt!
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