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The Ultimate Athlete: re-visioning sports, physical education, and the body

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We are born with the God-given right to move efficiently, gracefully, and joyfully. We lose this right only through society's mind-body split, faulty modes of physical education, and overemphasis on "winning." George Leonard's simple and radical notion is that within each of us, regardless of age, sex, or physical condition, there exists an ultimate athlete waiting to be b ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 10th 2001 by North Atlantic Books (first published August 23rd 1975)
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Adam Billing
A deeply thought provoking booking. Written in the late 60's, Leonard's ability to predict the worlds sporting future is uncanny. The book searches for the ultimate athlete, but goes outside the realm of traditional sports to find it. I would highly recommend this book for those looking to explore the philosophical and deeper side of sports and human movement.
This is an interesting book which really underlines the importance of true athletics. It really stresses the importance of the well being we experience when we actually get out and get our bodies moving. It is a very different view of athletics than that generally held in our culture where we tend to idolize the athlete like warriors.
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George Burr Leonard (b. 1923) was an American writer, editor, and educator who wrote extensively about education and human potential. He was President Emeritus of the Esalen Institute, past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, President of ITP International, and a former editor of Look Magazine. He was also a former United States Army Air Corps pilot, and held a fifth degree bla ...more
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