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People Who Sweat: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Pursuits

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From weekend warriors to the professional arena, we are a nation obsessed with sports. But what makes an ordinary person an athlete? Is it skill, or simply devotion? To find out, Robin Chotzinoff hit the road in search of people who sweat. Consider the triathalon runner known as "Little Fat Boy," he is world-famous because of his size and his consistency: he's always dead last. Or one political snowboarding champion who founded a snowboard camp for girls only. And many more inspiring "athletes": mall walkers and tree climbers and gym teachers, cancer patients and people who exercise to fill their "God-shaped void." And Robin Chotzinoff herself, after years of "terminal physical mediocrity," finds that it is possible to be athletic without being a good athlete. In the course of her travels she discovers what these people have known all along: that giving your body a chance to exult-whether by hanging ten with geriatric surfers or straining to finish an ultramarathon-is what sport is all about.

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Robin Chotzinoff has always been a rank amateur athlete. From yoga to snowboarding, she's tried it all, yet never found her sporting niche. Resigned to her own lack of calling, she hit the road in search of other not-necessarily-talented-but-incredibly-driven athletes-not the softball or football players, but the people sweating it out in the weird world of sports: spiritual bow hunters, competitive tree climbers, dedicated mall walkers, surfing housewives, and more. Whatever their inspiration, their tales are incredibly entertaining, as is Robin Chotzinoff herself, who after years of "terminal physical mediocrity" finds that it is possible to be athletic without being a good athlete, and whose storytelling abilities are unsurpassed.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151002863
Subtitle:
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Pursuits
Author:
Chotzinoff, Robin
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Physical fitness
Subject:
Sports spectators
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
19990526
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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Robin Chotzinoff has always been a rank amateur athlete. From yoga to snowboarding, she's tried it all, yet never found her sporting niche. Resigned to her own lack of calling, she hit the road in search of other not-necessarily-talented-but-incredibly-driven athletes-not the softball or football players, but the people sweating it out in the weird world of sports: spiritual bow hunters, competitive tree climbers, dedicated mall walkers, surfing housewives, and more. Whatever their inspiration, their tales are incredibly entertaining, as is Robin Chotzinoff herself, who after years of "terminal physical mediocrity" finds that it is possible to be athletic without being a good athlete, and whose storytelling abilities are unsurpassed.

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