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On the Wings of Mercury: The Lorraine Moller Story by Lorraine Moller (2007, Paperback, Illustrated): The Lorraine Moller Story Paperback – 2007
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Olympic medalist and long distance runner Lorraine Moller, from New Zealand, shares her journey.
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Through it all, Moller details the rocky relationships, struggles of being a stranger in a strange land (New Zealander transplanted to America), and inevitable highs and lows of competing at a high level on the world stage. In the process, Moller's participation and personality helped drive the legitimization of women's running (the marathon especially). Not only is this book a page turner, but it's also well written, funny and poignant. Worth the effort to track down in the US while we await publication here.
I came away with a solid sense of what Moller is like as a runner and as a person. She also shares some great stories about herself and other runners. For example, after reading this book, I know there is a certain German runner to avoid if you see her approaching you with a pair of chopsticks.
I gave it four stars only because I wished Moller had written a bit more about her experiences as a runner: how she trained, how she actually felt during her best and worst races, etc. But that shouldn't deter potential readers, runners or otherwise.