Arthur Lydiard: Master Coach (Google eBook)

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Exisle Publishing, Jul 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
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Arthur Lydiard was the most successful and influential running coach of the last fifty years. He burst into prominence at the Rome Olympics in 1960 when two of his protégés, Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, won Olympic gold medals on the same day. His team of runners, trained to brilliance, went on to dominate international track and marathon running for two decades. During this time he developed and perfected his revolutionary endurance-based training system designed to help any athlete become a better runner. Worldwide adoption of his technique by other running coaches, and by many coaches in other sports, has seen Lydiard-conditioned athletes winning Olympic, international and national titles and breaking records by the score. Lydiard also made possibly the greatest individual contribution to world health and fitness in history: his promotion of jogging influenced millions of people around the globe.
In the year before his death in December 2004, Arthur Lydiard worked with his long-time friend Garth Gilmour to tell the full story of his remarkable life, from his early years in New Zealand to his coaching experiences in Finland, Mexico, Venezuela and elsewhere around the world. The indefatigable Lydiard coached and lectured extensively, especially in the United States, where he died suddenly during a lecture tour. One of just 20 holders of New Zealand's highest honour, the Order of New Zealand, he was also awarded Finland's premier honour, the White Star.
  

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Contents

Foreword by Pat Clohessy
9
Introduction
11
The Quest
19
Growing up
20
Running for his life
30
Conquering confusion
34
Marathon madness
40
Enter Murray Halberg
52
Mañana land
136
Nonflying Finns
146
Parting shots
160
Tragedy
167
Shoe business
172
Venezuela vision
177
Far and wide
185
Far East expeditions
193

The road to Rome
66
No meeting of minds
75
Europe here we come
78
Publish and be damned
88
Going or staying
92
Snell and the golden years
101
Hello America
108
Cancel it the coaches said
120
The stablemates
125
The rising sun
129
The Nomad
135
The birth and life of jogging
197
Doping
204
On coaching
208
The Wright way to swim
218
Courses for horses
223
The fan club
227
A life hard run
236
The final schedule
241
Appendix
244
Index of names
246
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Garth Gilmour has had a long and distinguished career as a writer and journalist. Since 1960 he has helped Arthur Lydiard write more than a dozen training manuals and jogging philosophies, which have been published in several languages. He has also written biographies of Olympic gold medallists Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, paraplegic world champion Eve Rimmer and ultra-marathon runner Sandra Barwick. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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