The Secret Olympian

  • by Anonymous (former Olympian)
  • Narrated by Paul Thornley
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, 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-competition 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.

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Factually incorrect and poorly read

I found this hard work. Read as one liners all the way through that became annoying. All based on the experience of 4-5 athletes and dismisses the research of other authors without understanding their theories. A very disorganised narrative, jumping around different aspects and riddled with factual mistakes. Avoid this one
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- H

not as good as watching 2012!

some good stories and experiences but started to run out of steam. It was one I had to keep pushing myself to go back to rather than feeling like I had to hear the next chapter.
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- steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios