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Heatstroke exposes the systemic causes of Canada's Summer Olympic failures against the backdrop of the country's increasing Winter Olympic success and the meteoric rise of summer athletes in Australia, a country that used to trail its northern Commonwealth cousin.

Simonson's dogged investigative work reveals the debilitating politics bubbling under the surface of Canada's Olympic movement, as well as throughout the country's amateur sport ...

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Heatstroke exposes the systemic causes of Canada's Summer Olympic failures against the backdrop of the country's increasing Winter Olympic success and the meteoric rise of summer athletes in Australia, a country that used to trail its northern Commonwealth cousin.

Simonson's dogged investigative work reveals the debilitating politics bubbling under the surface of Canada's Olympic movement, as well as throughout the country's amateur sport system, coaching ranks, and the athletes' own associations.

One thing is for certain: The Canadian public deserves better. Simonson shows how athletes can stand up for themselves, how the public can demand excellence, how the Olympic system can reform itself, and how politicians can develop and fund policies that produce winners. According to Simonson, Canada can and will see more of its summer athletes on Olympic podiums in the years to come.

&#8220Simonson holds the feet of Canada's amateur sport officials to the Olympic fire.&#8221

&#8212 RANDY STARKMAN, Toronto Star

&#8220Provides unique insight into what we need to do to compete with the world's sporting superpowers.&#8221

&#8212 PAT FIACCO, mayor of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Olympic boxing official

&#8220Heatstroke is right: It's time to turn our whining into winning.&#8221

&#8212 SHERRAINE SCHALM, three-time Olympian in the sport of fencing

MICHAEL G. SIMONSON, a former carded athlete on Canada's national rowing team, retired in 2003 after winning double silver at the Pan-American Games. Today Michael is Head Coach of the Senior Competitive Program at the Calgary Rowing Club. He also oversees all aspects of competitive rowing in Alberta as the Provincial Technical Director of the Alberta Rowing Association.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926645070
  • Publisher: BPS Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 0.49 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2009

    Spend your money on Oprah's bookclub instead

    If someone hands you this book free of charge, you might read it for the entertainment factor, but spend your money elsewhere.

    If you ever meet Michael Simonson, you will understand why his reputation supersedes him. "Heat Stroke" is simply another classic example of an individual that feels as though they did not get their shot at Olympic success (although Simonson surely would have brought home Olympic gold if he had been fairly given his spot in the boat). Moments of patriotism blur with racism particularly aimed at Australians, which certainly stains the pages of a green writer; never a fine line to be dancing on.

    I'm glad that the mayor of Regina, Saskatchewan liked this book as his personal opinion definitely weighs heavily in my mind. Personally, I care not to get overly involved in the rants of washed-up athletes that are scorched by defeat. Heat stroke indeed, Simonson.

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