No man has affected more runners in more ways than Bill Bowerman. During his 24-year tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helped establish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
With the full cooperation of the Bowerman family and Nike, plus years of taped interviews with friends, relatives, students, and competitors, two-time Olympic marathoner Kenny Moore - himself one of Bowerman's champion athletes - brilliantly re-creates the legendary track coach's life.
©2006 Kenny Moore (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Really interesting to hear how Nike started from such a simple beginning. Nike are still proud of this heritage and live by the maxims that Bill Bowerman embodied.
A must read for any coach. It certainly has taught me more than a few things. A hard act to follow. With reminders of boyhood dreams of emulating these runners
This is a book with a lot of heart. It not only highlights the successes of a highly recognizable character in the form of Bill Bowerman, but it also displays a cast of real people who resemble ordinary people you may know doing extraordinary things. I find the narration at bit mellow, but overall, it certainly fits. This is the first of many audiobooks I plan to "read" through this fantastic service via Audible.com. And no I have no interest in Audible or author. My only compensation was the opportunity to enjoy this book which I accessed through the free Audible trial. Keep em coming. Thanks to Kenny Moore for honoring Bill and his great athletes. I've learned and internalized much from this work. Very inspiring!
"An amazing and emotional read!"
Inspiring, Interesting and Emotional.
Hearing about the story of how pre built the jogging industry and his passion for coaching was amazing! Also the story of Prefontaine was really incredible and made me emotional reading about it.
"So much more than I expected! A true great!"
I knew so little in comparison to what I learned; it makes me wish that I had known him.
"So much Oregon/track history"
Although the book is predominantly about Bowerman, it also covers the stories of his most famous athletes, the history of Nike and the ups and downs and trials and tribulations of developing high performance athletic shoes, the Rajneesh episode in Oregon, track history and politics, and the tragic events of the 1972 Olympics. The book contains many smaller stories of honor, heart, and perseverance. It's well written and epic in its retelling of the life of a very humbly yet inspirational person who influenced many, and through those persons many more. Can't wait to read it again.
"Bill seemed like a jerk"
It's hard to cheer for a guy that urinated on his athletes in the shower or burned them with his super hot keys
He seemed like a win at all costs kind of guy and with all the problems with Salazar I have to wonder if there was more to bill bower man than easy and hard days
It was okay at times and went into lots of detail about Bill but again I just didn't care for the guy based on the stories as urinating on athletes in the shower is just really creepy
A story every runner or athlete can enjoy.
As a coach I can admire his passion for bot his athletes and his sport.
"Narration was an issue"
I really wanted to like thie book. The Man is a legend, but the narrator, in an attempt to affect a folksy awe shucks demeanor ends up sounding like he is talking through a paper bag. Too bad
"Not Good to me."
I thought I was badly mis-led about this book. I wanted the great story of how Nike was born and developed and all the twists and turns it took to finally become the force it's become.
INSTEAD what I got was the records of a 60 people I never heard of and would have liked to have left it like that. This book is very little about his contribution or part in Nike and all about some guy doing the steeple chase In 9 minutes and 32 seconds or a guy I never heard of throwing the shot-put 58 feet 2 inches.
If your not into the actual numbers and times that track people set...then this book is not for you. It was barley entertaining to me and I spent so much time waiting for the good part about the Nike involvement that ended up taking very little room on this audio. I would NEVER listen to it twice like I usually want to, but actually regretted I listen to it once to be honest.
Why do I care that some guy named Steve hurled the javelin 235'-8'' in 1972????? Well, here's the answer......I DON'T!!
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