Ovett: An Autobiography Hardcover – 29 Oct 1984
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The biography of Steve Ovett including his version of the Coe-Ovett saga.
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After only seeing the public side of things at the time when Steve was racing, it is interesting to be able to look back over the years with the benefit of Steve's explanations for things that were happening to him behind the scenes.
For any athletics fan, this book is well worth tracking down. The only shame is that it was written before he retired - it would have been great to know what he has been up to since not making the team for the Seoul Olympics and his subsequent retirement.
Title: Steve Ovett: An Autobiography
Author: Steve Ovett and John Rodda
Published by: Willow Books, 1984
Steve Ovett was one of the most notable English athletes during the mid-1970s through to the mid-1980s. At this time - which was a renaissance of sorts for England, in the sport of middle-distance athletics - he was a world record holder in the 1500m and mile run distances and an Olympic Champion. He was born October 9, 1955 and grew up in Brighton, Sussex.
The era in which he ran is often referred to by who he was competing with at the time, typically the Ovett-Cram (Steve Cram) era superseded the Ovett-Coe (Sebastian Coe) era, when all three competed for world dominance while representing Great Britain. Little did he know how long his presence would prevail.
Presumably having no corporate sponsors to consider, Ovett and John Rodda deliver an autobiography that, by all appearances, reads refreshingly frank and honest.
In comparison to most sport-based authors of autobiographies, Ovett provides accounts of his training, racing and life outside of the sport in scrupulous fashion. For example, Ovett talks about his disdain for the British media and recounts that early on in his career he stopped communicating with the media altogether, when having just won a European Cup semi-final 800m in July of 1975, and had decided to not compete in the final. An ensuing conversation in the press box, "provided a final straw in my relationship with the media.Read more ›
Not only the hardback was in pefect conditions I have enjoyed the book very much !
Delievered quickly without any problems !