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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 May 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00821NCTA
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The Secret Olympian: The Inside Story of Olympic Excellence Audiobook – Unabridged
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The book covers many aspects of sport, from training programmes to personal attitudes, to personalities. However there is much repetition of similar material., and I found the book, to be like the author's description of the Marathon, a long spell of uninteresting watching, for a short spell of drama.
That said, it does give a great insight into the life and psyche of an Olympian, much of it backed up by descriptions from named competitors. He describes sometimes a crippling doubt about sporting ability that apparently affects most Olympians; the challenge of a whole career resting on a performance lasting just minutes or seconds; the extraordinary commitment needed to reach the top in a given sport.
The Secret Olympian also gives a compelling description of how National Lottery funding has transformed professional sport in the UK, and peppers the early part of the book with the interesting descriptions of how Olympians found their sport.
There is, as one would expect, detailed descriptions of the seemingly absurd excesses of life as an Olympian: the masses of free kit, the gallons of free Powerade, the inside-story (also well-described elsewhere) of life inside the Olympic village. Though, clearly, this book can't give the inside-track on London 2012, as it was written well before that got underway.
Still, it's a worthwhile read.
Well written, easy to read and entertaining throughout.