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The Silent Gladiators

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  9 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Nicholas A. Hopping was hired by the American Olympic Committee for the training of Olympic Wrestlers as a journalism intern for the 2004 Olympics. He lived at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; and he followed the wrestlers to their victory or defeat. Author Hopping captures the spirit of very American and makes the reader aware of the potential that the old ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Royal Exile Productions
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Kenneth
Jul 31, 2012 Kenneth rated it it was ok
Writing was a little rough, but it got me excited for Olympic Wrestling.

My fear for sports writing was completely justified in this book and the title should have been a dead give away. When you love something so much that you want to write a book about it, its hard not to over sentimentalize and exaggerate the redeeming qualities of the subject. The brutal training and violent nature of the sport of Wrestling is something few people understand. This doesn't mean that those who live through it s
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Shane Cross
Apr 09, 2013 Shane Cross rated it it was ok
This is a better book than my two stars suggests. It will get you fired up, it does have awesome insights into the training process. But I can only take so many spelling errors, and I can not deal with referring to Mavlet Batirov as Adam Batirov. Still recommend the book to anyone looking for training insight though!
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