When Great Britain's coxless four won the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games, it was the culmination of four years of determination, dedication and sacrifice. This is the story of the four headstrong, conflicting personalities that made up the winning team, and how they nearly didn't even compete at all.
When Great Britain won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics coxless four, seven million people watched and voted it the greatest sporting moment of the year. This moment, and Steve Redgrave's fifth Olympic gold medal, has eclipsed the long and troubled journey four men made to peak at exactly the right time. Tim Foster brings vividly to life what it's like to be one of four headstrong, and at times conflicting, personalities and reveals how close they all came to implosion as the Sydney Olympics approached. FOUR MEN IN A BOAT is structured around the 2000m final itself, with Tim Foster analysing the story of the crew as they progress towards the gold medal. He also gives a compelling insight into the hardships of sport at the highest level, and what it takes for four men to come together and win Olympic gold. As the first book to reveal the true story behind the 2000 race, FOUR MEN IN A BOAT is a classic dissection of what it takes, and means, to win.
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'timely and excellent... Foster's pacy account begins with the tension of the final countdown to the Sydney final. But Foster's real purpose is to deliver his insights into the complex web of relationships between himself, his coach and crewmates during what often proved to be a fraught and incident packed four-year period leading up to Sydney.' THE GUARDIAN 'Engrossing... the story of the crew has never been told with such acute sensitivity as in FOUR MEN IN A BOAT... where the book excels is in capturing the atmosphere of the sport and the competition to get into winning crews.' THE TIMES 'This is a great insight into a great story, told with humour and panache.' THE INDEPENDENT
About Rory Ross
Tim Foster, 32, is one of Britain's most successful oarsmen - the first to win two successive Wolrd Junior Championship gold medals. He is now chief coach at University of London Boat Club. Rory Ross has been a journalist since graduating from Cambridge where he read history. He is now a freelance contributor to Tatler, the Daily Telegraph, Town & Country (NYC), Forbes (NYC) and ACP (Sydney). He rowed against Steve Redgrave at Marlow Regatta in 1979, and lost. Tim Foster is one of Britain's most technically gifted oarsmen, the first to win two successive World Junior Championship gold medals. He is now chief coach at University of London Boat Club, apprentice coach for the British Olympic rowing team and a broadcaster at the BBC.
Four Men in a Boat by Rory Ross
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