Category: Sport, Transport & Leisure / Sports & Outdoor Recreation
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication date: 15 December 2004
Number of pages: 384
With his last-gasp victory as part of the Great British coxless four team at the Athens Olympics, Matthew Pinsent clinched his an historic fourth Olympic Gold to add to the three already won with his legendary rowing partner Steve Redgrave. In a uniquely exciting and evocative autobiography Pinsent interweaves the build-up to Athens 2004 with the extraordinary story of his career and unforgettable partnership with Redgrave. Plucked from obscurity at the age of 20, told to partner his hero, and trained to within an inch of his life, Pinsent's story is uniquely revealing about what it takes to be a champion and the mixed blessings of success. Culminating with a nail-biting final chapter detailing the team's extraordinary victory in Athens in blow-by-blow detail, A Lifetime in a Race is a sports book in a different mould.
What the papers say:
"'If you seek an athlete capable of telling his own tale with eloquence, wit, clarity, precision and self-awareness, Matthew Pinsent's your man' - Simon Barnes, The Times; 'Pinsent's writing mixes the intensity of competition with the rigours of an athlete's everyday life in an accomplished manner which makes for a hugely enjoyable read. Along with Steve Redgrave he has raised rowing's profile to an unprecedented levels, but this book is bound to attract non-sports fans too. Broad appeal is a rare quality. Pinsent achieves it by describing the discipline required to be a champion - the dedication, pain, coping with occasional defeat and the hours of training to get things right....Pinsent has added to the victory by describing it in an entertaining fashion.' - Press Association"
Matthew Pinsent started rowing at school in 1983, less than a decade later he won his first gold medal at the 1992 Olympics, with Steve Redgrave in the coxless pair. Together they defended their gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In Sydney 2000 they changed to a coxless four and won another gold. In Athens 2004, this time without Redgrave, Matthew won his fourth gold. Matthew has also won 10 gold World Championship medals. He was awarded the MBE in 1993 and CBE in 2001. He writes for the Time and, Racing News and is sponsored by Camelot, Marks and Spencer and Rover cars. He was educated at Eton and Oxford and lives in Henley and London.
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