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Olympic Dream

4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 1434327876
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Henry Rono is currently training to break the world record in the mile for men 55 and over. To track Henry's pursuit of the record and to keep up with his other endeavors, please visit http://www.team-rono.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434327876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434327871
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a whole, Rono's biography was great. It is the story of one of the most talented runners ever to step foot on a track, yet had his dreams derailed by politics and his own battle with the bottle. As a runner, it was inspiring, yet left some to be desired. Rono nonchalantly glides over his greatest races, barely going into any depth about them, or even telling the times that he ran in his world record races. Also, there are some problems with grammar or names, but these are issues that should have been caught by the editor and shouldn't be held against the author since English is not Rono's first language. Also, the last page leaves off mid-sentence.
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I raced against the great Henry Rono back in the 1970s and early 1980s when he and I both were in our prime. Of course he was way out front and out of sight. He was as good as I wanted to be. What was it like to be so fast? "Olympic Dream" answers that question, and it's not an answer you'd expect. The answer isn't "DESPITE Rono's dominance on the track..." but "BECAUSE of Rono's dominance on the track" he not only won more races than most, but suffered more than most due to the pressure and exploitation by the track community (e.g., agents, meet directors, "friends", coaches, Kenyan politicians and officials, etc.). He turned to alcohol as a dysfunctional coping method, and fell further than most because he had further to fall. But there is sobriety and redemption on the other side of suffering, and Rono shows the talent and determination that propelled him to world records decades ago now serve him well. He has built his life back up and now lifts up others. I found "Olympic Dream" riveting reading, knowing him only as a two-dimensional distance god until I read the book, but now see the three-dimensional man. Are you a distance-running fan? Read "Olympic Dream" and you may become glad you're slogging away in the chase pack and out of the malicious chaos up front.
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I found this book to be very inspiring. Henry's story is one of a life filled with High's higher and low's lower than most of us will ever experience. A rise from poor Kenyan boy to arguably one of the best middle distance runners of all time then a deep slide into darkness, depression and alcoholism and finally a long climb to sobriety. I would have liked to see more detail in his story but very much enjoyed the read.
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