A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold
This is a biography of Bryan Clay and how he came to be a decathlete. At a young age Bryan’s mom told him that he was going to win Olympic gold. He never believed her. I enjoyed how Bryan shares his story with us and guides us through the process of becoming a decathlete.
According to Bryan; “What separates elite athletes from everyone else has more to do with the choices they make along the way rather than their DNA.” Location 215-216. You will see this mentality being played throughout his career.
“The decathlon is composed of the following events, listed here in order in which they take place in competition:
Day One: 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters.
Day Two: 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, 1500 meters.” Location 1125
Bryan is preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London.
The only thing I don’t like is how the sidebars are inserted with my kindle. It may just be a kindle thing, just a minor distraction. I quickly realized that I could skip over the sidebars since they were in bold and the information was already in the text.
I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.
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