The Perfect Mile

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The Perfect Mile

The Perfect Mile

Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

  • Author: Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780547525068
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 336
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There was a time when running the mile in four minutes was believed to be beyond the limits of human foot speed, and in all of sport it was the elusive holy grail. In 1952, after suffering defeat at the Helsinki Olympics, three world-class runners each set out to break this barrier. Roger Bannister was a young English medical student who epitomized the ideal of the amateur — still driven not just by winning but by the nobility of the pursuit. John Landy was the privileged son of a genteel Australian family, who as a boy preferred butterfly collecting to running but who trained relentlessly in an almost spiritual attempt to shape his body to this singular task. Then there was Wes Santee, the swaggering American, a Kansas farm boy and natural athlete who believed he was just plain better than everybody else. Spanning three continents and defying the odds, their collective quest captivated the world and stole headlines from the Korean War, the atomic race, and such legendary figures as Edmund Hillary, Willie Mays, Native Dancer, and Ben Hogan. In the tradition of Seabiscuit and Chariots of Fire, Neal Bascomb delivers a breathtaking story of unlikely heroes and leaves us with a lasting portrait of the twilight years of the golden age of sport.

A Resilient Life

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A Resilient Life

A Resilient Life

You Can Move Ahead No Matter What

  • Author: Gordon MacDonald
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • ISBN: 141857936X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 224
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“It makes little difference how fast you can run the 100 meters when the race is 400 meters long. Life is not a sprint; it is a distance run, and it demands the kind of conditioning that enables people to go the distance.”—Gordon MacDonald Running Strong Whose heart doesn’t leap at the sight of a beautifullyconditioned runner, effortlessly gliding along, stride-bystride, mile-by-mile? And what runner gets to this place without a thankless—and often lonely—regimen of strategy and self-denial? Isn’t this the perfect metaphor of what your heart is longing for—running life’s race with intentionality and grace? With strength and focus? Well, you can. Veteran pastor and best-selling author Gordon MacDonald says you must develop resilience—the courage and ability to get up when you fall, to keep running when you’re bone-weary, and to keep your eye on the goal even in the murkiest moments. Using the backdrop of his own experiences as a champion runner, MacDonald demonstrates how resilient people Practice spiritual self-discipline to build stamina and grit; Know what’s up ahead, what obstacles they will likely face; and Bond with special friends who share their commitment to finishing well. Because he has also run many long, punishing laps in the tough race of life, MacDonald is uniquely qualified to coach and encourage you in developing that resilient spirit—to weather adversity, to finish what you start, and to never be satisfied with anything short of God’s best for you.

The Commonwealth Games

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The Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games

Extraordinary Stories behind the Medals

  • Author: Brian Oliver
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1472908430
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 192
  • View: 6936
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How well do you know the Friendly Games? Sports journalist Brian Oliver brings the Commonwealth Games to life with riveting stories of the athletes who have competed over the years. He delves into the best tales of the past and interviews the key protagonists to unveil the highs and lows of this idiosyncratic sporting competition. There is the classic contest between Roger Bannister and John Landy just months after both had at last broken the four-minute mile, and the lesser-known struggles of one of Australia's greatest swimmers, Dawn Fraser, against the petty-minded and all-male 'silver spoon mob' who ran amateur sport. Read the sad tale of Emmanuel Ifeajuna, the first ever black African to win a gold medal, in any sport in any international event. He won high jump gold in 1954 and became a national hero in Nigeria, but after staging a coup was arrested for treachery and shot by firing squad. Find out why the 1974 Games in Christchurch, New Zealand were known as the 'Emigration Games', and the story behind the bitter 1980s swimming pool rivalry between England's Adrian Moorhouse and Victor Davis of Canada. There are many more, from that of 4-foot 10-inch weightlifter Precious McKenzie – who rose through brutal abuse and discrimination to record-breaking success and a dance with the Princess Royal – to the penniless and boycotted 1986 Games in Edinburgh that were 'saved' by Robert Maxwell and a bucket of fried chicken. The Commonwealth Games is a fascinating insight into human tales of endeavour, success and failure.

A Blueprint for the Perfect Life

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A Blueprint for the Perfect Life

A Blueprint for the Perfect Life

101 Secrets to Living the Life of Your Dreams

  • Author: “The Genie” Kabral Sharpe
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 1475960980
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 232
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Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have it all while others seem destined to a life of struggle? What is it that allows some people to experience the best life has to offer in the realms of health and fitness, finances, relationships, and their dream projects, while others can’t materialize what they want no matter how hard they work? In A Blueprint for the Perfect Life, author Kabral Sharpe shares 101 secrets that are essential to living a perfect life and follows each with action steps to help make the goal become a reality. A self-empowerment coach, Kabral discusses how you can • create a body you love; • employ the simple secret success formula for total lifelong financial abundance; • create amazing relationships in your business and personal life; • do what you love for a living; • be organized and stay that way; • live your ideal life with no regrets; and • live powerfully into all your intentions so you fully enjoy the journey as well as the end result. Providing advice for everything from responsibility to gratitude to love, A Blueprint for the Perfect Life can help you achieve what you want in life.

The Perfect Game

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The Perfect Game

The Perfect Game

A Daniel Willis Novel

  • Author: Travis Waker
  • Publisher: Booktango
  • ISBN: 1468938665
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: N.A
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Daniel Willis has always wanted to manage in the MLB but can't because of the physical disability that holds him back. However, when God comes down to Earth, He offers Willis the chance of a lifetime, to manage the New York Mets. However, living his dream comes at a cost, but doesn't everything? If Willis loses the World Series to his arch enemy Sam Hudson, he will lose his two best friends and girlfriend, who mean everything to him. Through his adventure, Willis learns the value of hard work and respect.

Medicine, Sport and the Body

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Medicine, Sport and the Body

Medicine, Sport and the Body

A Historical Perspective

  • Author: Neil Carter
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1849666806
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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What role does sports medicine play in today's society? Is it solely about treating sports injuries? Should it only be concerned with elite sport? This book provides a history of the relationship between sport, medicine and health from the mid-19th century to today. It combines the sub-disciplines of the history of medicine and the history of sport to give a balanced analysis of the role of medicine in sport and how this has evolved over the past two centuries. In an age where sports medicine plays an increasingly prominent role in both elite and recreational sport, this book provides a timely and clear analysis of its rise and purpose.

It's Not The Winning That Counts

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It's Not The Winning That Counts

It's Not The Winning That Counts

The Most Inspiring Moments of Sporting Chivalry

  • Author: Max Davidson
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0748111689
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 256
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From Ancient Greece to the Beijing Olympics, sport has delivered thrilling victories and gut-wrenching defeats, but moments of good sportsmanship are increasingly rare. Is chivalry dead? Or have rumours of its demise been exaggerated? Whether displayed by an Australian sculler or an Egyptian judoka, sportsmanship has come in many guises. It's Not the Winning that Counts celebrates the Boy's Own heroism of yachtsman Pete Goss's mercy dash across the Southern Ocean to rescue a capsized French rival; recalls the high ideals of the gentleman-amateurs of the Corinthian Football Club; salutes Freddie Flintoff, hero of the 2005 Ashes, commiserating with an opponent before celebrating with team-mates; and takes its hat off to Jack Nicklaus, conceding a two-foot putt on the final green of the 1969 Ryder Cup. At its best, sportsmanship has reverberated around the world - from German athlete Lutz Long publicly befriending the black American runner Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics to Russian chess player Boris Spassky conducting himself impeccably during his Cold War showdown with Bobby Fischer.

One More Step

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One More Step

One More Step

My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth

  • Author: Bonner Paddock,Neal Bascomb
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0062295594
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
  • View: 9762
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In this exhilarating and inspirational memoir, the first man with cerebral palsy to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and complete the brutal Ironman competition shares the exhilarating adventure that led to his achievements—redefining our ideas of normal and proving that life is never truly limited for any of us. Bonner Paddock summited 19,341 foot-high Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. Four years later, he earned the elite triathlete title, Kona Ironman. Thousands have done each individually. Bonner is the first person with cerebral palsy to do both. Diagnosed in his youth, Bonner swore he wouldn’t let this neurological disorder limit him, and for twenty-nine years he guarded the truth about his health. But the sudden death of a friend’s young son who also suffered from CP forced Bonner to reevaluate his life. No longer would he be content striving for normal. Instead he would live life to its fullest, pursuing one breathtaking experience at a time—while raising money for special needs children along the way—and never turn down a challenge for fear of his physical limitations. His is a remarkable journey that has taken him across the globe and introduced him to a fascinating cast of characters who have supported his inspiring quest. An athlete, adventurer, and philanthropist, Bonner is today no longer defined by his limits, but by the moments that pushed him past them. Infused with his irresistible charisma, courage, and heart, illustrated with 16 pages of color photos, One More Step shows us that we can all conquer our own challenges and embrace every moment life has to offer.

The Perfect Protein

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The Perfect Protein

The Perfect Protein

The Fish Lover's Guide to Saving the Oceans and Feeding the World

  • Author: Andy Sharpless,Suzannah Evans
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • ISBN: 1609614992
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 198
  • View: 369
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Outlines a three-step plan for saving the oceans and combating world hunger through sustainable management practices in the sea, revealing the healthy qualities of overlooked fish species while providing recipes by leading chefs.