The Secret Olympian: The inside story of the Olympic experience

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Olympic athletes are tightly controlled by their national associations and individuals often have sponsorship agreements that prohibit them from discussing anything controversial about the Games…until now. In Secret Olympian: The inside story of the Olympic experience, anonymous interviews with athletes from the Munich Games of 1960 to the present reveal the true inside story of what the Olympic experience is really like.

Their stories include post-competition wild debauchery ...

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Overview

Olympic athletes are tightly controlled by their national associations and individuals often have sponsorship agreements that prohibit them from discussing anything controversial about the Games…until now. In Secret Olympian: The inside story of the Olympic experience, anonymous interviews with athletes from the Munich Games of 1960 to the present reveal the true inside story of what the Olympic experience is really like.

Their stories include post-competition wild debauchery from excessive drinking to over-the-top practical jokes to competition for the most number of hook-ups and even encounters with politicians’ flirty spouses. Olympic-level athletes also reveal their freaky physiological regimes, odd genetic abnormalities and how the pressure-cooker of the Games can lead to resentment and fighting in the Olympic Village and some unusual coping techniques to stay focused on the competition.

From the opening kitting ceremony where athletes are given up to 80 pounds of official team clothing to the shocking shifts from a lifetime of training in solitude to the glaring spotlight of the world stage to post-Games fame or obscurity, these are fascinating never-before-told tales of what happens when the world’s exclusive super athletes convene at the premier sporting event every four years in their quest for glory.

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"Wonderful ... an Olympic-standard writer" –Financial Times

"An irresistible proposition ... an insight into the life and mindset of a professional athlete. Anon shows us something more real: the myths, absurdity, frailty and futility that are the constant companions of the all or nothing, four yearly bid for sporting immortality" –Guardian

"An interesting, insightful examination of the experience of being an Olympic athlete" –Independent on Sunday

"A first-hand expose of the Olympic experience written in an enjoyable easygoing style" –Sport

"A well written, thoughtful and constantly illuminating look at what it's like to take part in the Olympic Games" –Daily Mail

"The beauty of this book is not in trying to unmask the writer but in becoming immersed in a journey usually taken by the privileged, and exceptional, few ... It's uplifting, sobering and often surreal" –Evening Standard

"Reveals just how much fun goes on in the Games" –Independent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408154922
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 934,512
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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