The Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie Story

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Haile Gebrselassie revolutionized the world of long-distance running over the last decade. His world records stagger the imagination. He won two Olympic 10,000m golds, eight world and indoor championships; and set 17 world records over four different distances. Now he seeks a third gold medal over 10,000m in Athens. His biography is fascinating, detailing his early life in war-torn Ethiopia, and his rise to godlike status in the track world. The book will release immediately ...

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Overview

Haile Gebrselassie revolutionized the world of long-distance running over the last decade. His world records stagger the imagination. He won two Olympic 10,000m golds, eight world and indoor championships; and set 17 world records over four different distances. Now he seeks a third gold medal over 10,000m in Athens. His biography is fascinating, detailing his early life in war-torn Ethiopia, and his rise to godlike status in the track world. The book will release immediately after the 2004 Olympics, with the last chapter covering his final race.

Jim Denison is the author of Bannister and Beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891369483
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 815,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jim Denison is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, and the Director of the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre. He has written numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on athletic identity, athlete development, coaching ethics and the coach-athlete relationship and is a regular presenter at academic and professional coaching conferences around the world. Denison is the author of "The Greatest" (2004, Breakaway Books), the official biography of the Ethiopian running legend, Haile Gebrselassie, and "Bannister and Beyond: The Mystique of the Four-Minute Mile" (2003, Breakaway Books), a collection of in-depth interviews with a wide array of sub four-minute milers. Originally from New York, he earned his Ph.D. in sports sociology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and his Masters Degree in educational psychology from the University of Toledo. He is a former NCAA Division I middle-distance runner (Fordham University) with a personal best of 3:44.50 for 1500m.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    REALLY one of the GREATEST

    I think this book was very inspirational to all young inspiring runners. It tells the story of a man who works to reach the top, reaches the top, then faces life's circumstances when his time has come and its time to move on. Many people would have gave up, but not him.

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