Simon Says Gold: Simon Whitfield's Pursuit of Athletic Excellence

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Orca Book Publishers, Oct 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
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From the moment Simon Whitfield burst onto the world stage at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games as triathlon's first Olympic champion, his winning personality and stellar athletic abilities have inspired young people around the globe. In Simon Says Gold, Simon describes his personal journey to Olympic glory as he recounts not only that glorious day in Sydney, but also the anguish of failing to repeat as Olympic champion in Athens in 2004, and his dramatic comeback at the 2008 Beijing Games, when his exhilarating race to a silver medal enthralled millions of fans around the world. Simon's stories of the highs and lows of his running career will captivate readers young and old, but his real message -- that the simple pursuit of excellence is its own reward -- will also inspire and motivate.
 

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Contents

Sydney 2000
1
Growing Up
17
Sydney The First Time Around
25
School of Hard Knox
36
Growing Pains
46
Manchester
56
Athens 2004
65
Road to Redemption
80
Beijing 2008
92
The Road Ahead
112
Index
117
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Simon Whitfield was triathlon’s first Olympic gold medalist. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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