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Arguably the greatest coach in British sporting history. Jurgen Grobler's Olympic coaching career is one of legend, yet the man himself has remained resolutely out of the spotlight. Over the last twenty years he has masterminded British Rowing's incomparable success. And when the difference between gold and silver can mean mere fractions of a second, Jurgen Grobler has consistently delivered Olympic gold through various boat classes and with an ever-changing group of athletes. Arguably the greatest coach in British sporting history, Grobler's unparalleled record outstrips many much better known records and stories; building champions such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell to name but few. This authoritative account of Grobler's career straddles the Iron Curtain, beginning in the German Democratic Republic, where systemic state-funded doping was an open secret, before crossing to Britain following the fall of the Berlin Wall. And whilst culture and sport have shifted dramatically over the last half century, Grobler's pursuit of greatness has never faltered. Written by Olympic medallist, Hugh Matheson, and rowing historian, Christopher Dodd, More Power is the unmissable story of one man's quest for glory, and sets out to unlock the secrets of Jurgen Grobler: the finest coach Olympic sport has ever seen.
A compelling, at times devastating, ultimately inspiring account of how much can go wrong on the ocean and how, miraculously, one woman conquered her own fears. Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fiance Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami's hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn't anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins, and Richard nowhere in sight. Adrift is the story of Tami's miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It's a tale of love and survival on the high seas - an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love.
Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. We have hunted them for thousands of years and scratched their icons into our mythologies. They simultaneously fill us with waves of terror, awe and affection ? yet we know hardly anything about them. Whales tend to only enter our awareness when they die, struck by a ship or stranded in the surf. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-like creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and roam entire ocean basins. Yet despite centuries of observing whales, we know little about their evolutionary past. In this remarkable new book, the Smithsonian's star palaeontologist Nick Pyenson takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research as he searches for the answers to some of our biggest questions about these graceful giants. His rich storytelling takes us deep inside the Smithsonian's unparalleled fossil collection, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert of Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whalebone site on earth. Spying on Whales is an illuminating story of scientific discovery that brings readers closer to the most enigmatic and beloved animals of all time.
JAGTEN PÅ FRIHED er William Kvists åbenhjertige beretning om livet på fodboldens førsteklasse godt og ondt. Selv om han er en af de mest rutinerede på det danske landshold, har spillet i både Bundesligaen og Premier League og i dag er anfører i FCK, har han undervejs mange gange overvejet, om han overhovedet passede ind i en verden med store lønninger, koleriske trænere, dyre spilleragenter og machokulturer. William Kvist har altid gjort tingene anderledes og omgivet sig med mentaltrænere, kostvejledere og behandlere. I bogen tager han læseren med ind sin verden og deler ud af opskriften på, hvordan han har arbejdet med at optimere sig selv – både som fodboldspiller og menneske -når han skulle finde sin plads i den store fodboldmaskine. Samtidig inviterer han ind i en ellers lukket verden og fortæller ærligt om store nedture og tvivl, beretter om vigtige sejre og mødet med nogle af verdens bedste fodboldspillere.William Kvist Jørgensen (født 24. februar 1985 i Rønde) er en dansk fodboldspiller, der spiller for F.C. København. Fra 2011 til 2015 spillede han for den tyske klub VfB Stuttgart, men vendte efterfølgende tilbage til FCK. Han er også en del af landsholdstruppen.
Soccer has been America's Sport of the Future since 1972. Propelled by the rise of the World Cup, Premier League, the glory of the United States Women's National Team, Lionel Messi's DemiGod-esque talent and repeat exposure to Cristiano Ronaldo's preening abs, that Future has finally arrived.The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life. Written in such a way that fully immerses Americans in the history and culture of the world's game, their Encyclopedia Blazertannica relives the careers of such greats such as George Best, Maradona, Beckham... and Alexi Lalas. It examines fan culture, from the tactical variations of scarf tying, to the pathos of England's classic, yet doomed, World Cup theme songs, and explores the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, along with such burning questions as how professional footballers deal with hair loss. Any listener will feel as if they've had a front-row seat for the classic matches--seeing every dive and missed penalty kick, and hearing every vulgar chant--and will emerge with a deeper appreciation for the dodgy haircuts and ill-judged neck tattoos that populate world football.Includes bonus material exclusive to the audiobook: an extended clip from the Men in Blazers podcast
When Sports Illustrated declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article's author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn't even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter's claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?Astroball is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to winand not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts' critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had valuebut so did the gut.The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltrn and JustinVerlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovationand written with years of access to the team's stars and executivesAstroball is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
Chris Anker Sørensen er en af de mest populære danske cykelryttere gennem de seneste 10 år.I BRØDRE PÅ LANDEVEJEN giver han sammen med sin bror Allan Bo Andresen, der også har været professionel cykelrytter, et helt unikt indblik i cykelsporten gennem anekdoter og sjove oplevelser. Brødrene tager os med til de store etapeløb som Tour de France og Giro dItalia, fortæller om de store endags-klassikere og beretter om mindre løb med mindre glamourøse forhold.BRØDRE PÅ LANDEVEJEN er et kig ind bag kulissen og en fortælling om den passion, der har drevet brødrene til at tilbagelægge tusindvis af kilometer på landeveje over hele verden. Bogen er fyldt med fotos fra deres karriere.Chris Anker Sørensen er professionel dansk cykelrytter, og kører lige nu for Riwal CeramicSpeed. Han har haft en lang karriere indenfor cykelsporten, og har kørt flere af de største cykelløb i verden. Han er også kendt som cykelløbskommentator på TV2. Allan Bo Andresen er tidligere professionel cykelrytter, sportsdirektør og nu forenings- og eventchef i Hammel GF 15. Begge brødre er opvokset i Hammel og har sammen kørt utallige kilometer på landevejen i løbet af deres ungdom.
"So wenig als möglich sitzen; keinem Gedanken Glauben schenken, der nicht im Freien geboren ist und bei freier Bewegung, in dem nicht auch die Muskeln ein Fest feiern!" Der Philosoph Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) war kein Mann des Schreibtischs. Er hielt es nur dort aus, wo es Wanderwege gab: am Meer oder in den Bergen, "wo selbst die Wege nachdenklich werden". Seine Gedankengänge dagegen führten ihn in wegloses Gelände. Vorbei an schwindelerregenden Abgründen, in völlige Einsamkeit und schließlich in die Region der Gipfel und des ewigen Eises. Dieser philosophische Wanderführer begleitet Nietzsche auf einsamen und gefährlichen Wegen im Oberengadin, einer Landschaft, die er als Tourist in jungen Jahren entdeckt hat und in die er als umhergetriebener Kranker immer wieder zurückgekehrt ist. Es ist ein Stück Biografie des Philosophen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung seines Verhältnisses zu Bergen und Gipfeln. Ein Hörbuch für geistig schwindelfreie Hörerinnen und Hörer, denn: "Glaubt ja nicht, dass ich euch zu dem gleichen Wagnisse auffordern werde! Oder auch nur zur gleichen Einsamkeit. Denn wer auf eigenen Wegen geht, begegnet Niemandem. Das bringen die eigenen Wege mit sich."Andreas Hüser, geboren 1959, studierte in Münster und Freiburg Philosophie und Theologie. Er promovierte mit einer Arbeit über Macht und Moral bei Nietzsche. Seit 1987 war Hüser bei mehreren deutschen Tageszeitungen tätig. So oft wie möglich flieht Hüser aus dem Flachland zum Bergsteigen in die Alpen. Anders als Nietzsche kennt er daher viele Oberengadiner Berge auch aus der Gipfelperspektive.
Det var slet ikke meningen, at Årets Dansker 2017, fodboldspilleren Nadia Nadim, skulle være dansk. Hun er født ind i en velhavende familie i Afghanistan, hvis liv blev totalt forandret, da faren, som var general i den afghanske hær, blev bortført og brutalt henrettet af Taliban, da Nadia var bare ni år gammel. Et par år senere tog Nadias mor konsekvensen af de dystre fremtidsudsigter for sine i alt fem døtre og flygtede ud af landet. England var målet, men efter en barsk flugt endte familien ved et tilfælde i Randers. Sin første tid i Danmark tilbragte Nadia i et asylcenter i Nordjylland., hvor hun snart viste ekstraordinære evner i den lokale fodboldklub. Med sin fandenivoldske stil og charmerende frækhed har hun siden spillet sig ind i danskernes hjerter og under EM i kvindefodbold i 2017 blev den legesyge stjerneangriber et folkeeje. I dag spiller hun professionelt for Manchester City og er en af de største profiler på det danske landshold. Hun er desuden næsten færdig med sit medicinstudie på Aarhus Universitet, og hendes målbevidsthed, ukuelighed, råstyrke og fightermentalitet gør hende til et forbillede for mange – ikke mindst unge kvinder. I denne selvbiografi fortæller hun sin dramatiske historie ud fra et ønske om at inspirere andre til at forfølge drømme og kæmpe for sine mål.
Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive methodrun as hard as possible, for fear of losingfostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinkingshaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilientcould make her faster than she'd ever imagined possible. Building a mind so strong would take years of effort and discipline, but it would propel Kastor to the pinnacle of runningto American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathonand to the accomplishment of earning America's first Olympic medal in the marathon in twenty years.Let Your Mind Run is a fascinating intimate look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and an insightful primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge.
Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Secret Footballer: What Goes on Tour by The Secret Footballer, read by Damien Lynch.Since his first book was published in 2012, The Secret Footballer has been able to take the reader behind the scenes of footballers' lives like no other player has been able, or will ever be able, to do. Anonymity has been a potent weapon in revealing the real world of football stars, and five years on, he has now penned the work that all his fellow professionals have been urging him to do from the start, The Secret Footballer: What Goes on Tour. And it isn't going to stay on tour any more...From Marbella and Ibiza to Dubai and Las Vegas, The Secret Footballer lays bare the worst, most embarrassing and most hilarious excesses of these fit and mostly fickle young men whose million-pound salaries, to use his own words, 'open up a host of recreational opportunities'. Fuelled by rampaging desires for sex, drugs, booze and rock'n'roll, these footballers think up ever more extreme ways of splashing the cash, and needless to say, it doesn't always end well...
Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mechanic, written and read by Marc 'Elvis' Priestley.In the high octane atmosphere of the Formula One pit lane, the spotlight is most often on the superstar drivers. And yet, without the technical knowledge, competitive determination and outright obsession from his garage of mechanics, no driver could possibly hope to claim a spot on the podium. These are the guys who make every World Champion, and any mistakes can have critical consequences. That's not to say the F1 crew is just a group of highly skilled technical engineers, tweaking machinery in wind tunnels and crunching data through high spec computers. These boys can seriously let their hair down. Whether it be parties on luxury yachts in Monaco or elaborate photo opportunities in gravity-defying aeroplanes, this is a world which thrills on and off the track.Join McLaren's former Number One mechanic, Marc 'Elvis' Priestley as he tours the world, revealing some of Formula One's most outrageous secrets and the fiercest rivalries, all fuelled by the determination to win. This is Formula One as you've never seen it before.
Random House presents the audiobook edition of Klopp: Bring the Noise by Raphael Honigstein, read by Adam James.'I like the total intensification, when there are crashes and bangs everywhere, pure adrenaline and no one being able to breathe'Jurgen Klopp's super-sized personality and all-or-nothing style of football and management made him the perfect choice to pump up the volume at Anfield. The appointment sparked hysteria in the city with fans and club officials delighted to get the coach they'd long admired from afar and eager to see the impact he would have on the club and the Premier League. With exclusive access to Klopp's friends, family, colleagues and players, Raphael Honigstein goes behind-the-scenes at Liverpool, Mainz and Dortmund to tell the definitive story of Klopp's career, transformative footballing genius and how he is bringing the noise to Anfield.Klopp's the manager to turn players into winners, to get that little bit more from them and transform teams like mid-table Borussia Dortmund into title winners and one of Europe's most acclaimed sides in just two seasons. He's authentic, approachable and funny, charming media and fans alike. He's also merciless and exceptionally driven, his quick temper bubbling away barely under the surface. Expectations have been high and even when results haven't gone their way, Liverpool's exciting football and Klopp's pitch-side passion have enthralled, culminating in a triumphant return to Champions League football.Klopp follows his story from its Black Forest beginnings, as a player with 'fifth division skills and a first division brain', his accidental fall into management and the success at Mainz and Dortmund which paved the way to Anfield.
Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep by Peter Cossins, read by Joseph Kloska.Full of adventure, mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating, the first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair. Its riders included characters like Maurice "e;The White Bulldog"e; Garin, an Italian-born Frenchman whose parents were said to have swapped him for a round of cheese in order to smuggle him into France as a 14 year old, Hippolyte Aucouturier, who with his jersey of horizontal stripes and handlebar moustache looked like the villain from a Buster Keaton movie and amateurs like Jean Dargassies, a blacksmith who had no idea what he was letting himself in for. Dreamed up to revive a struggling newspaper, cyclists of the time weren't enthusiastic about this 'heroic' race through roads more suited to hooves than wheels, with bikes weighing up to twenty kilos, on a single fixed gear, for three full weeks. Assembling enough riders for the race meant paying unemployed amateurs from the suburbs of Paris, including a butcher, a chimney sweep and a circus acrobat. There was no indication that this ramshackle cycling pack would draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes. But they did, and all thanks to a marketing ruse, cycling would never be the same again. Acclaimed cycling writer Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France stage by stage to see where the greatest sporting event of all began.
Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Captain Class: The Hidden Force Behind the World's Greatest Teams by Sam Walker, read by Keith Szarabajka.Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sport: what are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula and applied it to thousands of teams across the world from the English Premier League to the NFL. When he was done, he had a list of the 16 most dominant teams ever. At that point he became obsessed with another, more complex question: what did these freak teams have in common?As Walker dug more deeply, a pattern emerged: The teams were all driven by a singular type of leader, but not one with the characteristics you might expect. They were unorthodox outliers - awkward and disagreeable, marginally skilled, poor verbal communicators, at times aggressive and rule-breaking and, rather than pursue fame, they preferred to hide in the shadows both on and off the field. Captains, in short, who will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like. From the captains of world renowned teams like Barcelona, Brazil, the All Blacks and the New York Yankees to lesser known successes of Soviet ice hockey or French handball, The Captain Class unveils the seven key qualities that make these elite leaders exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries as well as coaches, managers and others skilled at building teams, Walker attempts to answer questions such as: Are great captains made or born? Why do so many teams pick the wrong captain? Why has the value of the captain fallen out of favour and how can it be revived? The culmination of 10-years research and a lifetime of sports watching, The Captain Class is like no other sports book and is guaranteed to spark endless debate and heated argument among fans of every sport.
In 1966 England won the World Cup at Wembley. Sir Bobby Charlton, England's greatest ever player, was there on the pitch. Now, fifty years on, Sir Bobby looks back on the most glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement. In 1966 he takes us through the build-up to the tournament and to the final itself, describing what he saw, what he heard, and what he felt. He explains what it was like to be part of Sir Alf Ramsey's team, gives us his personal memories of his teammates, the matches, the atmosphere; the emotion of being carried on the wave of a nation's euphoria and how it felt to go toe-to-toe with some of the foremost footballers to ever play the game. He reveals what it means to be forever defined by one moment; how a life fully lived can come back to one single instance, one day when a man stands side-by-side with his best friends united in a single aim, in front of a watching nation.
Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Running Hare by John Lewis-Stempel, read by Bernard Hill. Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last twenty years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life.Written in exquisite prose, The Running Hare tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. It recalls an era before open-roofed factories and silent, empty fields, recording the ongoing destruction of the unique, fragile, glorious ploughland that exists just down the village lane.But it is also the story of ploughland through the eyes of man who took on a field and husbanded it in a natural, traditional way, restoring its fertility and wildlife, bringing back the old farmland flowers and animals. John Lewis Stempel demonstrates that it is still possible to create a place where the hare can rest safe.
Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao, read by Stephen Hogan and Julie Maisey.As heard on BBC Radio 4: Midweek.Coping with your own death, when you are not yet dead, is a strange thing...A natural on a horse since he was able to walk, and imbued with a pure love of riding, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park. His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post published his obituary. Miraculously, and the word is not used lightly, he survived and defied medical thinking in recovering to the extent that eighteen months after his fall, he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual, he won.For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell his story, to bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse. But now, in an extraordinary collaboration with Ami Rao, she has helped him find those words, a way to piece together what happened before, during and after, what it all meant and what it means to us all. It is a story of triumph, fear, love and loss, by turns primal, heartbreaking and inspirational, and ultimately, it is the story of hope, and of life.
'England invented football, codified it, became champions of the world in 1966 but humiliatingly then forgot how to play the greatest game of all. England took their eye off a ball they arrogantly thought they owned, allowing other nations to run off with it.'It has been Fifty Years of Hurt since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup trophy at Wembley, and in this groundbreaking book, Henry Winter will address the state England are in on the golden anniversary of their greatest moment. Part lament, part anatomy of an obsession, both personal and collective, it analyses the truth behind the endless excuses, apportions the blame for the crimes against English football, but is also a search for hope and solutions.Fifty Years of Hurt weaves more than forty exclusive interviews with the biggest names in the game - Jack Charlton, Alan Mullery, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle, John Barnes, Chris Waddle, Gary Lineker, Ian and Mark Wright, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Roy Hodgson - with a narrative dissection of the highs and lows of five decades of football. And as well as players and managers, Henry Winter talks to the fans, to agents, to officials, to the governing bodies, about every aspect, good and bad, of English football, to provide answers to the question: 'where did it all go wrong?'.It is a passionate journey by a writer with vast personal insight into the national team, with unprecedented access to all areas of the game, but also by a fan who wants his England back. The Fifty Years of Hurt must end.
Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando, and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions. Hunted down, captured, tortured and on the run from one of South America's most powerful and ruthless drugs cartels and its psychotic leader thirsting for revenge, Luke is in a life-or-death race against time to prevent a disaster on a truly terrifying scale: London is the target, the weapon is diabolical and the means of delivery is ingenious. Drawing on his years of experience reporting on security matters, CRISIS is Frank Gardner's debut novel. Combining insider knowledge, up-to-the-minute hardware, fly on the wall insights with heart-in-mouth excitement, CRISIS boasts an irresistible, visceral frisson of authenticity: smart, fast-paced and furiously entertaining, here is a thriller for the 21st century.
Beijing 2008, the 100 metres final: Usain Bolt slows down, beats his chest, metres clear of his nearest rival, his face filled with the euphoria of a young man utterly in thrall to his extraordinary physical talent. It is one of the greatest sporting moments. It is just the beginning.Of the ten fastest 100-metres times in history, eight belong to Jamaicans. How is it that a small Caribbean island has come to almost totally dominate the men's and women's sprint events?The Bolt Supremacy opens the doors to a community where sprinting permeates conversations and interactions; where the high school championships are watched by 35,000 screaming fans; where identity, success and status are forged on the track, and where making it is a pass to a world of adoration and lucrative contracts. In such a society there can be the incentive for some to cheat. There are those who attribute Jamaican success to something beyond talent and hard work. Award-winning writer Richard Moore doesn't shy away from difficult questions as he travels the length of this beguiling country speaking to anti-doping agencies, scientists and sceptics as well as to coaches, gurus, superstar athletes and the young guns desperate to become the next big thing. Peeling back the layers, Moore finally reveals the secrets of Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint factory.
For much of the past decade, William Skidelsky has not been able to stop thinking about Roger Federer, the greatest and most graceful tennis player of all time. It's a devotion that has been all-consuming.In Federer and Me, Skidelsky asks what it is about the Swiss star that transfixes him, and countless others. He dissects the wonders of his forehand, reflects on his rivalry with Nadal, revels in his victories and relives his most crushing defeats.But this is more than just a book about Federer. In charting his obsession, Skidelsky explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom, weaving his own past into the story.Thought-provoking and beautifully written, Federer and Me is a frank, funny and touching account of one fan's life.
'The true inspiration was that Olympic gold won by Chris Boardman in Barcelona... I was so in awe of Chris Boardman' Sir Bradley WigginsYou may know him as the much-loved co-presenter of ITV's Tour de France coverage or enjoyed his BBC Olympic coverage, but beyond the easy charm Chris Boardman is one of our greatest, most inspiring cyclists.Boardman's lone achievements in the 80s and 90s - Olympic track gold, the world hour record, repeatedly claiming the yellow jersey in the Tour de France - were the spark that started the modern era for British cycling. His endeavours both on and off the bike have made him the founding father of current golden generation - without him there would simply be no Hoy, Wiggins or Cavendish.It is a story full of intrigue: from Olympic success, to the famous duels with Graeme Obree and the insanity of the Tour de France. Chris became a legend for his combination of physical ability and technical preparation, almost single-handedly taking British cycling from wool shirts and cloth caps into the era of marginal gains. Indeed, after his career on the bike ended, a new chapter began as the backroom genius behind GB cycling. As head of the R&D team known as The Secret Squirrel Club, Chris has been responsible for the technical innovations that made the difference in 2012 and developed Boardman Bikes, which has become the country's bestselling premium bike range.
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN har fortalt myndighederne om sit eget dopingmisbrug. Og om andre rytteres. Han er efterfølgende blevet kaldt stikker – af folk, som samtidig hævder, at de ønsker en ren sport. Holdningen synes at være, at man skal fortælle alt, men endelig ikke det hele.Argumentet er lige så korrupt som cykelsporten selv, men symptomatisk for en sportsgren, hvor rytterne bliver stigmatiseret, ligegyldigt hvad de gør. Holder de kæft, er de løgnere, der dækker over doping og ødelægger sporten. Går de til bekendelse, bliver de også kaldt løgnere og udstødt af cykelverdenen. MICHAEL RASMUSSEN har besluttet sig for at gøre op med tavshedskulturen. Kun den egentlige fortælling kan bringe cykelsporten videre.Nu er han klar til at fortælle sin historie.
The hottest sprinter in the world - Telegraph Mark Cavendish is the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France's green jersey, the first to wear the iconic rainbow jersey in almost 50 years and our only ever rider to capture the Giro d'Italia points title. He is the most prolific sprinter in the Tour's history, and - according to L'Equipe - the best sprinter of all time. But smashing records and racking up victories means whole new levels of fame: and this has come at a price.Living in the goldfish bowl, he has come under fire for his bombastic riding style and been portrayed as everything from an outlaw to a psychopath. Joining Sky in 2012, Cav soon found his own sprint interests to be incompatible with the team's other goals, while the expectations of a nation made his London Olympic failure hard to take.In At Speed Cav takes you through the highs and lows of it all in intimate detail. This is a take-no-prisoners account of life at the pinnacle of his sport, and learning how to survive in the fast lane, both on and off the bike.
Do you sometimes behave irrationally or impulsively? Do you face some situations with fear and trepidation? Do feelings of self-doubt consume everyday activities?Leading Consultant Psychiatrist, Prof Steve Peters, knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives.In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence. Seemingly complex concepts are made simple with the use of memorable analogies -- such as the 'chimp', that seemingly irrational and impulsive being that inhabits our minds -- and real-life case studies. Never before will you have had such a deep and clear understanding of your own behaviour and natural responses to certain people or situations.This knowledge, combined with simple techniques that can be easily incorporated into daily life, will help you to control your emotional impulses and reach your full potential, leading to success at work and a happier, harmonious home life.
In Masters of Modern Soccer, Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl asks: How do some of the game's smartest figures master the craft of soccer? By profiling players in every key position (American phenomenon Christian Pulisic, Mexican superstar Javier "e;Chicharito"e; Hernndez, Belgium's Vincent Kompany, Spain's Xabi Alonso, Germany's Manuel Neuer) and management (Belgium coach Roberto Martnez and Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc), Wahl reveals how elite players and coaches strategize on and off the field and execute in high pressure game situations.Masters of Modern Soccer is the definitive thinking fan's guide to modern soccer. For a supporter of any team, from the U.S. national teams to Manchester United, or any competition, from Mexico's Liga MX to the World Cup, this book reveals what players and managers are thinking before, during, and after games and delivers a true behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the sport's brightest minds.America's premier soccer journalist, Grant Wahl, follows world-class players from across the globe examining how they do their jobs. This access imbues Masters of Modern Soccer with deep insight from the players on how goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards function individually and as a unit to excel and win. Wahl also shadows a manager and director of soccer as they juggle the challenges of coaching, preparation, and the short- and long-term strategies of how to identify and acquire talent and deploy it on the field.A book that will stand the test of time, Masters of Modern Soccer is the most in-depth analysis of the craft of soccer ever written for the American fan. For any fan, player, coach, or sideline enthusiast, this book will change the way they watch the game.
Intet bjerg i verden har været genstand for større fascination end Matterhorn. Lige siden den fantastiske førstebestigning i 1865 har dramaet og myterne skabt en enestående interesse for det bjerg, der formentlig har kostet flere bjergbestigere livet end noget andet bjerg. Hvert år forsøger flere tusinde at bestige Matterhorn, men det er kun hver femte, der når toppen. Mellem 10 og 20 bjergbestigere dør under forsøget. Derfor kaldes Matterhorn verdens farligste bjerg.Bjergbestigeren Steffen Kjær fortæller her om den legendariske førstebestigning af Matterhorn, om bjergets historie, området, højdesyge og meget mere. Steffen Kjær beskriver sin og klatremakkeren Brian Jørgensens fælles bestigning. Efter omhyggelige forberedelser og en perfekt akklimatisering når de toppen sammen. Men på turen ned går det galt, da de bliver fanget i et af Matterhorns utallige og dræbende stenskred.Steffen Kjær er bjergbestiger, eventyrer, forfatter og foredragsholder.
Denne autoriserede biografi om Danmarks største fodboldspiller gennem tiderne dækker hele Michael Laudrups karriere som fodboldspiller og bygger på samtaler med alle de store personligheder, som blev afgørende for hans karriere, foruden Michael Laudrup selv. Femten år blev det til, fra han som kun nittenårig rejste til Italien for at spille for Lazio i Rom. Bogen følger ham videre over Juventus til Barcelona, Madrid og Ajax og helt frem til drømmeafskeden i VM-kvartfinalen mod Brasilien i 1998. I de femten år udviklede Laudrup uden for banen sin elegante og diplomatiske stil, samtidig med at han på banen igen og igen demonstrerede det enestående talent, der bidrog afgørende til, at Danmark for alvor kom på fodboldens verdenskort. ”Det er en fascinerende og fremragende skrevet bog, som fortæller om Michaels karriere og ikke mindst om mennesket bag. Når man først har åbnet den, slipper man den ikke, før man har læst den sidste linje.” - Brian Laudrup Jakob Kvist er uddannet journalist og har udgivet en række biografiske bøger. Han er til daglig kreativ direktør i People'sPress
Jürgen Klopps trænerkarriere begyndte i ydmyge rammer hos FSV Mainz 05, som han førte op i Bundesligaen for første gang i 41 år. I 2008 skiftede han til Borussia Dortmund, hvor han vandt mesterskabet og kom i Champions League-finalen. Han forlod Tyskland til fordel for England og den falmede storklub Liverpool FC. Det var ikke et job for en mand, der var svag i troen, men i Klopp fandt Liverpool omsider en mand, der var i sync med klubbens ånd og spillestil: angrebsfodbold med tryk på alle kedler. Klopp er dynamisk, udtryksfuld, rastløs; han lever sig ind i sit holds op- og nedture. Der brænder en ild i øjnene på ham, og hans krævende spillestil – det berømte gegenpressing – håndhæver han ved at være en fabelagtig motivator.