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  1. My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life
    My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life
    My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life
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  2. My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life

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My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life is a revealing memoir by Frank Shorter, the father of American distance running. After winning the 1969 NCAA title in the 10,000-meters title during his senior year at Yale, Shorter went on to win a staggering 24 national titles on track, road, and cross country courses, but it was in the marathon that Shorter achieved his greatest fame and recognition.

At the 1972 Munich Games, Shorter won the Olympic marathon finishing more than 2 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. Four years later, he finished a controversial second in the Olympic marathon in Montreal. The controversy, still unresolved to this day, revolved around the East German “winner” being a possible drug cheat. Shorter later founded the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Written with noted sportswriter John Brant, My Marathon details these inspiring events, as well as the physical and emotional abuse Shorter suffered as a child.

This inspiring memoir is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the transformative power of sports.

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Frank Shorter
Rodale Books
Rodale Books
Rodale Books
Rodale Books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This is a compelling memoir on several levels.
For the thousands of runners who now routinely run marathons, Frank Shorter's story is a great tale of how a small group of dedicated distance runners set the stage for the running boom of the 70's. For those of us who were a part of that early movement, it probably means even more. I am the same age as Frank and began running when he did and continue to race and coach to this day. I remember rejoicing in '72 when he won gold and feeling certain that something was fishy with Cierpinski in '76 when he came out of nowhere in Montreal. I loved wearing Frank Shorter running gear and have always been proud to have been a member of that early cadre of crazy people who raced marathons before they became so popular. I know that there are many more of us out there who owe a debt to Frank and his cohorts, Kenny Moore, Jack Bacheler, Jeff Galloway and Steve Prefontaine.
On a much more profound level, this book is for non-runners, too... Read more
I really enjoyed this well-written, absorbing and truly inspirational book by Frank Shorter with John Brandt. There is a lot of wisdom and inspirational material in these reflections on Frank’s Gold Medal Life.

To me, a gold medal life is where a person flourishes by pursuing mastery and excellence in their chosen field of endeavor – and Frank Shorter definitely has had a gold medal life. The key is to have a gold medal mindset – I think this is exemplified by these 2 great passages in the book:

• In discussing his goal - to have the best day possible and finish in the top three - at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and the approach he shared with Steve Prefontaine and Kenny Moore: “We wanted to get the best out of ourselves. The Gold Medal, in the end, was no more than a wonderful by-product of the training I had put into my marathon.”
• On his vigilance and consistency “But that’s why you run your hardest... Read more
Four stars, because it's Frank Shorter. The father abuse story is brave. The training details are amazingly good.

But something was lacking. It wasn't just sloppy fact checking. A key aspect of Frank was missed. A wonderful portrait of the sad, stoic and focused Frank emerges in this book, but the witty and erudite Frank was MIA. I'm thinking of the great Sports Illustrated stories by Frank Deford and Skip Myslenski's incomparable story of Shorter winning the 1970 AAU cross country meet in Chicago. Shorter saw himself as a "pro from Dover" like the surgeons in the movie M.A.S.H. Shorter was a cultural icon no less (but different) than Prefontaine. The Frank who launched the mid-70s running boom did so because of his focused success *and* his Yalie urbane charisma.

The best chronicler of Shorter was, of course, Kenny Moore. Here is a Shorter piece Kenny Moore wrote in 2008:

"Sixty-five thousand malevolent Russians watched in the rain as... Read more
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