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The Greatest: The Haile Gebrselassie Story [Paperback]

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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2004
Publisher   Breakaway Books
ISBN  1891369482  
EAN  9781891369483  

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Two Olympic 10,000m golds; eight world championships indoors and outdoors; seventeen world records over four different distances; a fifty-four race winning streak - Haile Gebrselassie utterly dominated a decade of distance running. The Greatest is his authorized biography, written by Jim Denison, who worked on it with Haile for over two years, visited him in Ethiopia, and traveled with him on the European track circuit. Haile's life story is fascinating, detailing his early years of hard poverty in a war-torn Ethiopia, his relentless training, his rise to godlike status in the track world, and the good works he has done for his country with his fame and fortune. Most of all it is a glimpse of the man behind all the records and medals.

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More About Jim Denison, Sam Garrett, Elaine K. Gazda, John Peter Oleson, Elizabeth Lyding Will, D. Lakin, Fiona Seeley & Kevin Nowlan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! All the contributors to this book are affiliated with the University of Bath and its undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in coaching and/or the Team Bath family of high performance sports squads. The editor, Jim Denison, is editor of the journal The Coach, and is Lecturer in Education, Coach Education, and Sports Development.

Jim Denison was born in 1963 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Alberta, Canada.

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Great Reflection  Dec 3, 2007
This book is great tribute to Haile Gebreselassie. I thought that this book was well pieced together and it gives a good introduction to who he is and what he stands for. It would be nice if Haile could have been the author himself. Honestly, this book inspired me through a summer of great training and once you start reading you don't want to put the book down.
The Greatest  Aug 26, 2007
Excellent story of a successfull runner from an under privilage country. The story of his rising to fame is heart warming and all youngsters in the USA should read it to understand how young people in other countries must often battle great odds to be able to climb out of their invironments and meet success in spite of and not because of. Very interesting story.
Not Very Inspiring  Jul 20, 2006
For those who are unfamiliar with Gebrselassie, they will find this book incredibly boring. I, an avid runner, found this book to be a pretty horrible tribute to the greatest distance runner in the last 25 years. Most running books describe races in quite detail and focus on each of the tiring laps that a runner endures. This book on the otherhand basically skips over that saying "Haile won this, got the world record...or Haile lost this, and all of Ethiopia was angry at him." It doesn't go into any detail though. Rather than Haile the runner, this book focuses on Haile the businessman which is not what he is known for nor is it was most people even care much about.
Great runner, mediocre book  Mar 31, 2006
Geb is one of my five favorite runners of all time, but this book is a little sappy even for me. By all accounts, a phenomenal athlete and a great guy; but the author could have been a bit more objective. The writing is a bit uneven as well.
Good but not "the Greatest"  Jun 30, 2005
I enjoyed this book but did not find it to be a compelling read. I found the writing somewhat choppy as if Mr. Dennison had strung together a number of individual pieces. Gebrselassie can certainly take his place among the greatest runners of all time and this book is a fine tribute.

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