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Bode's book..

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Interesting read.. Not the most eloquent or cohesive piece of work ,but gives a good insight into his attitude, upbringing and dare I say values.. Not much of preaching..

The stuff that he has said on TV, is already on his book, written at least a few months before the SStorm.. He goes a bit further to ellucidate and also details his interesting training regimen which I am sure will anger the purists.. It does get a bit thin at times but recovers easily..

In the end i think that with Bode and most ski racers, its just a huge mental game. The talent is there, the hardwork is there.. whoever wants it more, gets it.. It seems that he alternates between building and winning years.. Wether this year was the former is anybodys guess but It looks like he is hovering near burnout..

Overall an enjoyable read..
post #2 of 7
I wait till it gets to bargin books next week and buy it for 10 cents.
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Agreed --ill get it on the bargain table !

I paid full shot for Peekaboo's yawner of a book .
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I'm thinking of buying Herman Meier's book. It looks very good. I'm a Bode fan, but I might wait until the book goes on sale, too...
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Originally Posted by Skicrazed
I'm thinking of buying Herman Meier's book. It looks very good. I'm a Bode fan, but I might wait until the book goes on sale, too...
I'd recommend the Maier book, although the English translation is a bit rough, to put it kindly. I haven't read Bode's, but it strikes me as a typical celebrity volume based on fame, with little substance to really warrant an entire volume. Too bad, though, that the US press has savaged him so. He's upfront, honest and a great talent. I hope he stays on the WC as a serious competitor for a few more years.
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I got the book as a bday present.

I read most of it on the way back from Utah last weekend.

It is interesting to get an idea of his family dynamics which is different to say the least.
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I spotted Bode's book at my local library, and though books about skiing usually suck, due to the events this past winter I decided to borrow it.

As a piece of literature, it definitely is not very well written. It lacks any interesting style, and considering Bode’s noted outspokenness and rebellion, especially lacks in any real dramatic tension. Instead it’s more of an “I did this, then I did this….” sort of chronology of events with small bits of his own philosophy sprinkled within. For any hardcore ski-racing fans, it also nearly completely skips over any nitty gritty details regarding his training, equipment, famous race courses, and so on.

What the book is interesting to note for, though, is that everything he is currently being criticized for is far from being new to him. From his disdain for authority and conventionality, to his risky technique and racing tactics that results in spotty results, to his controversial comments to his seemingly blasé attitude towards the Olympics and competition in general, it seems he has always been pissing someone off. According to one passage in the book, after his double-silver medal win in Salt Lake in 2002, Bode was criticized in the press for not also winning the gold in the slalom, and especially because it did not appear to upset him. Deja vu?

For all that the book lacks, the reader does get the sense that he really does deeply care about skiing and trying to win ski races; so much so that his confidence in his own abilities is so great that he would rather do everything his own way than to trust others to tell him what to do in the event they may lead him astray. If he falls or doesn’t do well, he simply doesn’t sweat it, and he doesn’t let that shake his confidence. Mentally he just quickly moves on to the next race. And when looking back at his career through his eyes, despite what the peanut gallery says about him, you see that attitude has worked exceptionally well for him.
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