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on 29 May 2013
Belton has written a spectacular book on a sport which unknown and unexplored by the majority of the population. Typically hailed as a `fringe sport', the technicalities of bobsleigh are blurry to the masses, a group who probably watch it only when it's on the Winter Olympics `for a laugh'. However, Belton takes this attitude with a pinch of salt and turns it into an informative and, ultimately, educational story of young Nash & Dixon, a two-man bobsleigh team who - against all odds - won gold in the 1964 Winter Olympics. Next year's Winter spectacular in Russia marks the fiftieth anniversary of their brilliant win, so it's definitely recommended to read now - just in time for the half-centenary, of course!
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on 29 May 2013
Wonderful piece about a remarkable sport. My daughter recommended I read this , and I was dubious at first - why was she asking me to read a book about a bobsleigh team in the sixties?! But it is actually an unexpected gem and I thoroughly recommend YOU read this too - regardless of whether you have any interest in bobsleigh, winter sports or even sports in general! Brian Belton writes in such a way that even the most ignorant of readers will be pulled into Nash and Dixon's explosive world. Fun, witty and educational - and I can't stop telling people facts about the 1960s bobsleigh tournaments, how annoying of me! Oh well, you must read this anyway!
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on 29 May 2013
Nash and Dixon are unsung heroes of Olympic sporting endeavour and it's brilliant that Brian Belton has recognised their Winter porting success in such a succinct and informative manner. Beautifully written, Belton journeys through the personal history of both men before charting their rise through the ranks of winter sport and their great strength in achieving their goals. A wonderful account of the duo, I would thoroughly recommend this book for any fans of winter sports and/or Olympic heroism.
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on 25 March 2013
Tony Nash and Robin Dixon defied all the odds to win a gold medal in the two man bobsleigh in the 1964 winter olympics. This is the incredible story of their determination and achievement.
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on 16 September 2014
Gentlemen amateurs, and all the better read for being so.
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