The Secret Olympian: The Inside Story of the Olympic Experience

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A&C Black, May 10, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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.

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During the Olympics I heard this book mentioned, so I figured I would give it a try. It describes the Olympics seen through the eyes of an Olympic athlete, from the point where they get told they are ... Read full review


Chapter 1 The realisation
Chapter 2 The expectation
Chapter 3 The reality
Chapter 4 The doping arms race
Chapter 5 Lift off
Chapter 6 The performance
Chapter 7 The release
Chapter 8 Politics and perfect moments
Chapter 9 Reborn
Chapter 10 The dark side of the moon

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The anonymous author is a former Olympian with friends and contacts in many countries' Olympic squads. He knows things....

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