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Secret Olympian

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The Secret Olympian exposes the truth of what goes on at the Olympic Games. Shocking, funny and slightly tongue in cheek, a former Olympian reveals the world of the Olympic athlete - and, behind the scenes, what a bizarre world it is...
Secret Olympian
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The vast majority of us can only dream of being an Olympic-level athlete - but we have no real idea of what that means. Here, for the first time, in all its shocking, funny and downright bizarre glory, is the truth of the Olympic experience. It is an unimaginable world: * the kitting-out ceremony with its 35kg of team clothing per athlete* the pre-Olympic holding camp with its practical jokes, resentment and fighting, and freaky physiological regimes* the politicians' visits with their flirty spouses* the vast range of athletes with their odd body shapes and freakish genetics* the release post-competion in the Olympic village with all the excessive drinking, eating, partying and sex (not necessarily in that order)* the hysteria of homecoming celebrations and the comedown that follows - how do you adjust to life after the Games? The Secret Olympian talks to scores of Olympic athletes - past and present, from Munich 1960 right through to London 2012, including British, American, Australian, Dutch, French, Croatian, German, Canadian and Italian competitors. They all have a tale to tell - and most of those tales would make your eyes pop more than an Olympic weightlifter's.
The anonymous author is a former Olympian with friends and contacts in many countries' Olympic squads. He knows things...
Wonderful ... an Olympic-standard writer Financial Times An irresistible proposition ... an insight into the life and mindset of a professional athlete. Anon shows us something more real: the myths, absurdity, frailty and futility that are the constant companions of the all or nothing, four yearly bid for sporting immortality Guardian An interesting, insightful examination of the experience of being an Olympic athlete Independent on Sunday A first-hand expose of the Olympic experience written in an enjoyable easygoing style Sport A well written, thoughtful and constantly illuminating look at what it's like to take part in the Olympic Games Daily Mail The beauty of this book is not in trying to unmask the writer but in becoming immersed in a journey usually taken by the privileged, and exceptional, few ... It's uplifting, sobering and often surreal Evening Standard Reveals just how much fun goes on in the Games Independent Compelling ... If you want to know what it's truly like to be an Olympic athlete, there has probably never been a better explanation Sunday Express
Author
ANON
Year
2012
ISBN-10
1408154927
ISBN-13
9781408154922
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2012-05-10
Pages
224
Subtitle
The Inside Story of the Olympic Experience
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
796.480922
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Short Title
SECRET OLYMPIAN
Language
English
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