Unbelievable: From My Childhood Dreams To Winning Olympic Gold Hardcover – 8 Nov 2012
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It was the simple phrase 'So I run and I run and I win. I am the Olympic champion' that made tears prick my eyes. (Daily Telegraph)
A heart-warming yet candid read from our favourite girl next door... Will make you fall in love with our Jess all over again. (Sun)
A powerful tale... If you're trying to impress upon an errant teen the virtues of dedication and discipline, you'll find what you need here. (The Sunday Times)
The full story of the gold medal-winning 'face of the Olympics'See all Product Description
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There are two main reason I could not give this book 5 stars is I though the book was a little too PC for me. An example would be Bradley Wiggins book In Pursuit of Glory in here you feel the raw emotion Bradley does in the heat of the moment. Swearing aside, (though Jessica does admit she is as susceptible to the occasional F-bomb as the rest of us), you feel his passion for his sport coming off the page. Jessica I have no doubt is just as passionate about her sport, people, and doping issues, but because her conscientious nature you do not get the same feel in her writing. She does also take the high road on issues of her bullying she talks about how bad and awkward it made her feel, but she does not name and shame them. She is just a better person them me, this would have been me taking revenge saying look at me now.
The other reason is I also would have liked to know some of the specific exercises that Jessica does. She goes into more detail of this when talking about running the 800 metres, e.g. running shorter distances at great speed with shorter recovery times. She does not really say how she trained for the other events she gives a broad over view but no specifics.Read more ›
As others have highlighted, the padding out of the book with double margins, blank pages and several pages devoted to her tables of record , the reader is left with a scant commentary. I read the book in four days of bed-time reading.
It felt like the book was rushed out which may be unfair but compared with other Christmas releases this lacks depth. To deal with Jessica's experience of providing drug samples in a few pages and the Olympic experience in such brevity is short changing the experience.
That said, still worth a read to get to know her better but if only Broadbent had imposed himself more on the content you may have a more in-depth account of some really interesting topics.
With Jessica's nature being fairly quiet, secretive and a will to stay away from the spot light which I credit her enormously for being it doesn't bode well for a autobiography. What it leaves you with is a 250 page book in large font and many chapter pages with subjects being dusted over. Don't get me wrong its a nice read and you really feel a strong connection with Jessica and her personality however when only a handful pages are written about key areas of her life you have to wonder why bother.
I get the feeling that this is probably not something that Jessica wanted to do. Her personality as I say is very secretive, she hates the spot light and still views herself as a 'Girl from Yorkshire' and so therefore was probably the publishers who wanted to cash in rather than Jessica's willingness to write a book. You can almost sense Jessica at times wondering 'Should I include this in my book?'
I love Jessica and what she has done and how she has done it but you won't learn much from this book and in whole was a disappointment.
Chell was moving Jessica carefully through the junior pentathlon and heptathlon scene at international meetings into the seniors' forum. Kelly Sotherton was British number one and a bronze medallist in Athens. A blunt woman who spoke her mind and was not afraid of the media. She approached Jessica at a meeting and said, "I've just called you tadpole to the press". Annoyed to say the least, the name stuck for several years, but fired up the competitive gene in Jessica. She candidly reveals her feelings behind the smiles and tears.
Surrounded by experts in their respective fields, 'Team Ennis' took on the very best heptathletes in the world with Jessica becoming European and World champion and MBE. The gruelling training and never-say-die attitude took its toll. Ankle and foot fractures forced her out of the 2008 Beijing games.Read more ›
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I am a fan of athletics and decided to start reading the biographies, to help inspire and understand more of that "winners mindset"
Unfortunately a few pages in... Read more
I found this an easy read and pleasurable read. It tracks her history from when she first became involved in athletics while at school, right up to her winning Gold in the London... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs H.
Bought as a gift for an aspiring teenage athlete, she is really enjoying the book. However it is a bit on the thin side - felt a bit disappointed when it arrived but given what I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. A. M. Gregory
Bought this for my husband and he is thoroughly enjoying it. Well written and light hearted. A really good read.Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Edwards
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