Steve Redgrave is an icon in British Olympics, sealing his name as a legendary athlete on September 23, 2000 when he won gold medals in five consecutive Olympic games. He solidified his place as the most successful Brit in the Olympics with astonishing wins.
But fans remember his brilliance and intensity when he rowed through the water, making each stroke look effortless along the way.
A Golden Age – Steve Redgrave The Autobiography covers the life of this larger-than-life athlete in 336 pages published by BBC Books.
Starting with a Riveting Chapter
The initial chapter of this book starts with Lure of Sydney is Too Strong. The book dives right into the mix of the September 23, 2000 games when he became a legend in the water. Written to lure the reader deeper into the book, it goes through the thoughts Steve had when he entered the water.
He discusses his immortalization and the fact that if he was successful, he would make Olympic history.
The writing is personal and helps the reader really understand what it means for athletes, that despite winning medal after medal, struggle every time they enter a competition. The book goes through a bunch of “what if’s” and helps the reader understand that even Steve questioned his ability to win at the 2000 games.
A Book for Rowers and Non-Rowers
The opening chapter has the reader on their heels ready to read more about the legend. You’ll find that the book will give you a real insight into the mind of Steve, and while his career as a rower is the obvious focal point of many chapters, you’ll also learn a lot more about the legend than just his rowing achievements.
Redgrave also demonstrates his passion to an extent that many readers are willing to call it an “illness.”
The training and dedication of Redgrave are what set the athlete apart from the competition. You’ll get a first-hand glimpse of how Redgrave started to become complete obsessed with his training to the point where his entire life revolved around rowing.
Rowing was always a sport that was overlooked at the Olympic games, and he touches on this topic, too.
What many fans don’t know is that Steve helped push rowing into the spotlight with his accomplishments – the sport grew each time he entered the water.
Britain rallied behind the athlete, which further pushed rowing into the Olympic spotlight.
Competitive to the very end, Steve also has the attitude that you either win or you’re merely a tourist at the Olympics. Steve has often been known for being unemotional, but it is evident that fans simply didn’t understand the strong-spirited athlete.
Brutally honest at times, Steve didn’t fear offending his friends or others when he wrote this book. Sometimes, he even seemed to be harsh to his friends, but it’s the honesty and passion that will pull in the reader.
It’s an eye-opening book that depicts the true passion it takes to become an Olympian.
He became completely obsessed with becoming the best, and the training, even in the written word, is enough to tire the average human.
Fans of the athlete may remember that a medal was stolen, a fact that is often unspoken. The writer will provide some insight into the medal as well as the return of the medal and his struggle with colitis and then diabetes.
He also puts an end to rumors that a princess told him to put an end to his career.
You’ll also be able to learn about the icon’s heritage and that he can be traced back to Eric the Red, leading to speculation that he has the water and rowing in his blood. The book is sombering to an extent, as the reader clearly knows that the rower’s career will come to an end – something Steve also mentions.
He ends with a message to fans telling athletes that they can’t win using last year’s performance and that there comes a time when the clock starts ticking, marking the end of a career.
Rowers and non-rowers will appreciate this autobiography of Steve Redgrave. There are interesting parts of his life that are left out, and there are details that readers will wish were covered a little further.
But if you’re interested in learning more about the mindset and dedication of Redgrave and how he became a legend, this is a great read.
This review was kindly sent to us by RowingAdvisor.com.