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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster Ltd (25. Oktober 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1471101223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471101229
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 15,7 x 2,8 cm
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Ian Thorpe is a world-famous freestyle swimmer. At the age of 14, he became the youngest male swimmer ever to represent Australia and the youngest ever individual male World Champion. He has won nine Olympic medals (five gold) and eleven World Championship golds.

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I just finished the book after reading in it for 6 weeks. This means, it is not exactly a thriller. But it is interesting enough to always come back to it until it is finished.

Ian tells the story of his comeback to swimming in 2011/12 and his 18 month preparation for the Olympic Games in London. In between, there are flashbacks to his entire swimming career and his childhood. This is indeed not the structure of a thriller. The value of the book is more in its honesty. It is not written as the success story of a world class athlete (what it could have been), but a honest status report about his life with many reflections about what he did, why he did it, what was good and what went wrong. It reads as if it has been written for his personal diary and publication has been decided later - although this is not the case, because Ian used a ghostwriter.

Coming back to honest, it is very interesting to learn from Ian about the flip side of fame: the invented stories, the chases and the besiegements of his home by journalists, the loss of private life. One story related to that is about his problems to find a pool and an appropriate daytime to swim, without immediately drawing the attention of the media to him. He even writes about the depression, that followed him during most parts of his swimming career. Disturbing, given his world class results that most people would associate with a happy and glamorous life. This is, what I would like our daughter to read, who - like many of her age - dreams of becoming Germanys next superstar.

My main driver to read this book was of course my admiration for Ians elegant swimming style. It was fun to read that he and his trainer even have a name for it: "Easy Look Good".
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Für jeden der mit Training etwas anfangen kann eine Empfehlung. Eine schöne Geschichte welche auch die psychische Seite eines Athleten genau beschreibt. Durch seine präzisen Beschreibungen wie er sich im Wasser fühlt, wie er das Wasser empfindet, wie er die Strömung und schlechte Schwimmzüge spürt, ist auch für jeden Schwimmer genügend dabei.
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Von Michael am 30. Oktober 2015
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Interesting. If you want to understand Ian Thorpe's mind you get an idea. The book is somehow difficult to read as he himself is a difficult person. You are not provided by great ideas and the book will not broaden your knowledge about mankind. It is a self-centred account of a lonely person. Do you have to read it? No.
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Die Biographie gibt einen guten Einblick in die Höhen und Tiefen des Spitzensports und die Suche nach dem "normalen" Leben.
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FYI, not a Tell-All but a wonderful book! 19. November 2012
Von Housefan2011 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you are in any way a fan of Ian Thorpe or swimming I would recommend this book. If you are looking for a juicy salacious tell-all, this is not it. Also, you cannot really read this without knowing anything about swimming or his career, but then I doubt you would be interested. However, if you are, just read his wiki page and that should be sufficient.

The book is organized in a diary format in the year leading up to the Olympics. Each entry starts in the present-day struggle to earn a spot on the Aussie Olympic team, and then it reverts back to past memories or his personal ideas or beliefs on issues. The flashbacks are not in chronological order which I suppose is true to how a person looks back on past events, but it can be a little confusing at times. It's easier to read if you take each chapter at a time and don't try to organize it in your head like I did. The transitions from the present day to past events made me keenly aware that this was written by two writers. I imagine Ian kept a diary, and then very separately wrote about past events and the professional writer put it all together and published it in three months. So, like so many books now, it was rushed, and while clearly very edited, there are some grammatical errors and a lack of fluidity. This is why it lost a star for me. Either keep it real and rough, the way a diary is written, or make it perfectly professional. This was very much in between the two.

I will say the honesty throughout is really refreshing. You get a very good sense of what it must have been like to be a a champion at such a young age and the pressures he has lived with all these years and again with his comeback. He clearly is a very sensitive and private person and, as a long-time fan, this is his most revealing project. This might be the first time we get a real sense of who he his. The problem, of course, is he still is that private person. Unlike many other athletes's memoirs, some private issues are addressed but still glazed over or kept vague. I am not really holding the book against it, but it's important to know if you read a lot of autobiographies. I would not call it a tell-all. The exception I would say is the now famous excerpt on depression. This was very raw and honest and deserves the attention it is receiving.

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He's gets annoyed but not angry, happy but not overjoyed. The anxiety seems to be the strongest emotion he feels in his comeback, and overall I was left with a feeling of sadness, which I can't completely explain. It is extremely rare that a very shy, sensitive person would become a famous athlete. This I think it what made him and continues to make him so interesting. However, those personality traits are disastrous combined with massive media attention and scrutiny. You receive a huge sense of this in the book. We are told he found the joy in swimming again, but there is not a lot of joy in this book. There is clearly still a Part II to his life which he hasn't even begun, and I hope he finds more happiness there.
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Fascinating read 8. Dezember 2012
Von busissi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was very moved by Ian's totally honest and up front description of his life. A man with great depth and an ambition to help others less fortunate. You don't have to agree with everything but I admire his commitment to the things he believes in.
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Awesome 20. November 2012
Von Michael Chiller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ian Thorpe is a champion. This comment is not restricted to just his swimming. He is a champion because he cares about being a human being. He cares about good old fashioned values. Therefore he represents to me what Australia is all about. Opportunites that can be taken to acheive something great. Great read.
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Must read for anyone interested in sport 18. November 2012
Von linda eddington - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Excellent well written book that is easy to read. Was an interesting insight into an elite athletes life who at only 14 was a world class competitor and how it changed his life forever.
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Very readable 15. November 2012
Von Penelope M Thomson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is based around Ian's comeback and extends into his life. Very readable and read it in a 2 or 3 days. It helped me to understand better the person he is and the pressures that he faces. Yes I would recommend it to others.
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