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The Price of Gold: The Toll and Triumph of One Man's Olympic Dream Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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“A story of competition and commitment that will raise readers' heart rates as it brings the antagonistic world of velodrome racing to life.” ―Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Marty Nothstein is widely regarded as America's most accomplished track cyclist. During his 17-year racing career Nothstein won an Olympic gold medal in Sydney (2000) and a silver medal in Atlanta (1996). He lives in Orefield, PA.

Ian Dille is a freelance journalist and contributing writer for Bicycling magazine. He lives in Austin, TX.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609613376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609613372
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When they titled this book "The Price of Gold," it was the perfect choice. I started reading this book because I have enjoyed following the sport of bicycle track racing for many years, and I figured it would be a good read. I know many of the folks in this book and truthfully also wanted to see how accurate and detailed the whole thing would be.

I did not count on not being able to put it down and reading the whole thing cover to cover in a single weekend. Marty Nothstein's story is so very interesting and unique, you really need to read it yourself. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a good "Rocky Balboa" type of story, because that is exactly what this is. A tale of extreme hard work and sacrifice culminating in the ultimate honor in sport. The detail with which Mr. Nothstein recalled the stories and the events made you feel like you were there and part of the action. It was easy to visualize and so easy to read. The most difficult part was hiding the book away from my family until I was finished with it!
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Nothstein takes what could have been a cliché story of rising from disappointment--those who know, know that "losing" silver is a pain perhaps worse than even a fourth-place finish--to ultimate triumph and makes it arrestingly, and at times, shockingly personal. Rather than get bogged down in the silly emotionalism that so often accompanies the stories of a person chasing their dreams, he writes with candor and a sort of utilitarianism about the various obstacles he and his team faced (he's quick to point out, frequently, that he regards his victories as a true team effort despite being the only one on the bike. This could have come off as false modesty, but it's utterly genuine.), and how they overcome them. At the same time, he doesn't shy away from talking about how aspects of his childhood and upbringing factored into his athletic motivations. He manages to pull this off without sounding like the member of a support group, and while there is at times considerable anger, as a man he's free from cynicism and bitterness. In a word, Nothstein is human even if his accomplishments are really anything but. Because without some of the back story, the sort of training he underwent for so many years would otherwise make him look quite machine-like. It was that regimented, that frequent, that consistent, and that intense.

Believe it: What Nothstein and his team did in the 2000 Olympics was nothing short of amazing. Unreal, in a sense. I wish I'd seen it, even though the written narrative is vivid in its own right. It's hard to explain to those without racing experience how much nerve it takes to race track successfully, and I'm not sure it's possible to convey the pain, the thrill, and the anxiety that so often comes with it. This book comes pretty close.
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I've known a few truly driven people in my lifetime and Marty's life story is very similar to theirs. What is the cost of the single minded devotion to a lofty goal? The sparse prose, very noticable at the first reading gives a hint to the life of the driven athlete to eat, sleep, train, repeat. There is a lack of color to the story, probably because living the life of eat, sleep, train, repeat isn't colorful. Perhaps the most revealing part of the story was the telling of the race following the winning of the Gold Medal, now life opens again and new possibilities emerge.

This is a story worth reading, if only to understand those people that you may know that are truly driven, or a cautious tale if you ever questioned your personal inablity to commit 100% to a singular goal. If you haven't made that commitment maybe that singular goal isn't yours and you have more goals that aren't quite as lofty.

There are life-lessons contained in this book and some of them go down hard.
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This autobiography by Nothstein is quite entertaining. My real reason for purchasing it though is because I am always searching for information on sprint training and racing. He dose give a glimpse of his training regimen but not a laid out program of coarse. He mentions gearing a few times. Mainly he shares his life in cycling and Marty's personality is revealed. It is intriguing to here about his many confrontations against other great sprinters like Darren Hill, Fiedler, Hübner,Rousseau, and MacLean to name a few. These matches are filled with cursing, hooks, body slams and crashes.
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I enjoyed this story. It really lays out how hard it is to compete for an Olympic medal. The author's personality is intense. The one issue I have with this book is how the author is self-centered and arrogant. I suppose that is more a criticism of the person than the book. (Marty, if you re reading this review please don't hunt me down and beat me up.) It tended to make me a bit tired of the book as I reached the end. The descriptions of his life and races were fascinating though. It was hard to put down for the first half of the book.

There was a good amount of detail that you don't get in a typical magazine or interview. For example the gearing, watts produced or speeds. Plus his training regimen was very interesting.

All in all I recommend this book. It was a fun book to read on a long trip.
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