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Summary

In his quest to define ‘sporting greatness’, double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee has spent nearly four years interviewing and training with some of the greatest minds in sport to discover what it takes to become - and remain - a champion.

Featuring:

Ian Botham • Mark Cavendish • Alastair Cook • Alex Danson • Richard Dunwoody • Donna Fraser • Chris Froome • Anna Hemmings • Denis Irwin • Michael Johnson • Kílian Jornet • Stuart Lancaster • AP McCoy • Ronnie O’Sullivan • Michael Owen • Adam Peaty • Ian Poulter • Paula Radcliffe • Ian Thorpe • Mark Webber • Shane Williams 

From the age of 11, Alistair Brownlee has been obsessed with being the very best, and not just improving his sporting performance across his three specialist triathlon disciplines of swimming, cycling and running, but also understanding how a winner becomes a dominant champion. Winning gold in consecutive Olympic Games has only strengthened this need and desire.

Over the last four years, Alistair has been on a journey to learn from the best, talking to elite figures across multiple sports as well as leading thinkers and scientists, to understand what enabled these remarkable individuals to rise to the very top and to push the limits of human capability in their relentless pursuit of perfection.

Alistair uses these fascinating interviews, along with extensive research, to explore a range of sports and environments - athletics, cycling, football, rugby, horseracing, hockey, cricket, golf, motor racing, snooker, swimming and ultra-running - to reveal how talent alone is never enough and how hard work, pain, pressure, stress, risk, focus, sacrifice, innovation, reinvention, passion, ruthlessness, luck, failure and even a lockdown can all play a crucial part in honing a winning mentality and achieving sustained success.

©2020 Alistair Brownlee (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Amazing book - inspirational

From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fascinating insights into the mindsets and personalities of some of the biggest names in sport. Inspirational stuff.

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Great insight to top level sporting greats ++++

Loved every minute of this book, a must for basically anyone who loves sport and endurance.

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Great book, interesting and motivational. Would be greatly improved by a professional narrator though.

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A must read/listen

Not just for athlete this is a good read for anybody, but if you are into sport in anyway especially competing a must read

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Decent

Found Brownlee's delivery a bit monotone at start but book itself was interesting especially interviews with Dennis Irwin and AP McCoy

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One for the performance purists

Outstanding book, brilliant to get an overview from so many sports and sport stars. Some of the information makes so much sense and it is always interesting to see theory applied to sporting excellence in practice. The history lesson on Beryl Burton (and her daughter) was also very well received, a true legend.

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An emotional collection of hard work journeys

Narrated brilliantly by Alistair, especially his attempt at conveying the emotion of his interviewee.

It's about the journey, not the destination.

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cashing in on fame

Neither informative or interesting, lacks any real insight. This is despite my admiration for his achievement s

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Fascinating book but poor narration

This audiobook would be so so much more if it was narrated by someone more engaging. The insight itself is phenomenal.

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interesting without being enlightening

Interesting interviews with amazing athletes. Definitely worth a listen but not many takeaways. Well put together.