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A Shot At History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Abhinav Bindra once shot 100 out of in practice six times in a row and walked out of the range unhappy. He is a perfectionist, who once soled his shoes with rubber from Ferrari tyres because he thought it would help. He would wake up at 3 am. to practice at his range at home if an idea suddenly struck him. It is from such an incredible obsession that greatness arrives.

Hardcover, First, 224 pages
Published August 24th 2011 by Harper Sport
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Reya Kempley
An incredible chronicle, a revealing autobiographical story, an inspirational journey, and a moving personal and emotional account of the ups and downs of the path from a talented child with a hobby to a man who becomes the best in the world! The lengths he went to in terms of time and effort, attention to detail, experimentation, personal growth, plus the setbacks he had to overcome - this man is a champion. Bindra also offers the reader a peek into the shooting culture and community of India, ...more
A shot at history is a short but intense account of Abhinav Bindra's quest for that elusive Olympic Gold. I'm an ardent fan of Rohit Brijnath's writing. His writing is not prose, it is elegant poetry disguised as prose. He weaves, in each chapter a fantastic, fast-paced story. So much so, that one could finish this book in a single sitting. The writing is lucid. It explains the intricacies of shooting and explains how a 5mm increase in the sole of a shooter's shoe is the difference between winni ...more
Swastik Agarwal
What an amazing story!

As a book, I found it a little too repetitive at times, but it's a great insight into the life of a champion shooter, the kind it takes to bring an Olympic Gold. It takes you from Abhinav's childhood, where his fascination with shooting starts, and how he meticulously prepares over the next few years, the disappointment at Athens, and finally the glory at Beijing.

Shooting is a very unique sport, and, as the book said, Abhinav is a very unique person. This book is an incredi
Rajat TWIT
What will be your views about a person, who has won the only individual Gold Medal in Summer Olympics from the second most populated country in the world, whose sports structure has been in shackles from time immemorial? If I may suggest, nothing less than a status of legend would do, and a legend he is, by all measures!
This auto-biography, whose lucid proses and witty language are further beautified by the co-author (Rohit Brijnath, who is a sports writer), works because of the close detailing
Kashyap Maduri
If there is one word I would describe this book, it would be “honest”. Abhinav does a fine job of not over-dramatizing situations for the sake of building the story. At the same time he manages to keep the tempo and get you hooked to the book. All the anecdotes seem genuine and believable.
This book gives you a great perspective of shooting as a sport. This is a game which does not have the enormous fanfare that football, cricket or even tennis have. The closest thing that compares might be chess
Ashish K
This book is a must read for any sports buff to see and understand what it takes to be an olympic gold medallist in a country like ours where anything but positivity shrouds the games. abinav bindra here takes us through what he went through right through his childhood years adolescence and adulthood the sacrifices he made the failures he encountered the disappointing support he got from the indian authorities he does take an occasional dig at them But then gives them due credit when it comes to ...more
Manoj Bharathi
In my book, Rohit Brijnath is the biggest and brightest star of the Indian sports writing universe. His poetic stretches of prose describing Federer at his peak were my first introduction to how writing on sports can qualify as high literature. That speaks for the quality of the writing. About the content - his coauthor here is probably one of Indias least understood and appreciated sportsmen. Agassis 'open' was a very revealing look into a sportsmans psyche but this book is a peek into Bindras ...more
Sumanth J
First of all, I am a huge Abhinav Bindhra fan and felt extremely proud when he won the elusive Olympic Gold for India. Coming to the book, its a nice read for one time. Abhinav gives you some account of his childhood, his shooting career in general, the Bureaucracy in the Indian Sports Bodies.
The Olympics are explained very well. He clearly elucidates the feeling of losing and the pressures of an Olympic Athlete. The prepartion for Beijing Games is very well written and really inspiring. Some pl
Amit Bolakani
Deeply moving and sincere account of Bindra's journey to win India's first individual Olympic Gold. A great book that was life changing for me.
Harish raj
one of the finest sports biographies i ever read after "It's not about the bike" by lance armstrong. even though the book claims to be an autobiagraphy and told in first person, it is written by rohit brijnath. this book is an eye-opener and shows how much struggle indians in particular have to go through in their quest for an olympic gold unlike others who enjoy the best of facilities and huge amount of financial support. though it drags a bit in the middle, there too it makes a point: life is ...more
Aravind Vijayasarathy
One of the best autobiographies I've read in recent times. Abhinav Bindra (either he is extremely articulate, or Rohit Brijnath has done a great job of paraphrasing Bindra's thoughts) comes across as an extremely focused and humble athlete, who has achieved greatness against various odds (all explained in considerable detail).
This book also gives a front-row view into the world of competitive shooting, which is unfamiliar to most of us. Fast-paced, easy read, can be finished in a weekend.
Jan 08, 2013 Ram rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A brutally honest story of what it takes to be an olympic champion - it is the first time that i am reading an autobiography of a shooter as in an olympic shooter!! Fascinating to learn of the pitfalls that shooters encounters in his sport, the kind of concentration and fitness required, the amount of time he gets (virtually nanoseconds!!) and his supreme effort in bringing the laurels to his country. A must read by all Indian sports lovers and sportspeople!! Highly recommended!!
Kamal Kannan
Started my first book for this year. After a longggggg time i moved by a book.Abhinav's dedication and his mom's dedication and perseverance belong to the cadre of absolut class. unable to putdown this book.A very good and fine reading for this year.

Obsession is the child of ambition and it also the need for revamp. Absolut page turner and find lot of resonance
Inspiring to the core!
Suman Srivastava
Extremely well written book. Rohit Brijnath has to be India's best sports writer. He brings a sport like shooting come alive. Also the struggles of an Olympic champion. I will never again say that an athlete lost at an Olympics merely because he didn't win a medal.
This book is like bible for me..I Prefer to read it once again as i never get tired of reading this book..Abhinav Bindra his obssesive journey is just one of the best journey that i have ever read in my whole life. :)
Its a great book. Very Inspiring!
Also gives a feel of what it takes to be a champion in any endeavour!
Must read for anyone with the remotest of interest in sport. Compelling. Mind blowing. Intensive.
Rajat Bhatnagar
A must read book for anybody from an athelete to a aspiring to be person..
Swapnil Bokade
The best book I have read this year. Will write more about it soon.
Rohan Pinto
Brilliant.. A lesson of Persistence, Patience, Persevearance!
One of those rare books that gave me goosebumps.
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