Susan Saint Sing
- Title: The Eight: A Season in the Tradition of Harvard Crew
- Author: Susan Saint Sing
- ISBN: 9780312539238
- Page: 162
- Format: Hardcover
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A fascinating look at the 2008 Harvard Varsity Crew Team and the university s legendary history of accomplished rowers The Eight is a thrilling, behind the scenes look at a group of young men who have given up nearly everything to transform themselves into the best team possible at arguably the world s most venerable rowing institution, Harvard crew Through a blendA fascinating look at the 2008 Harvard Varsity Crew Team and the university s legendary history of accomplished rowers The Eight is a thrilling, behind the scenes look at a group of young men who have given up nearly everything to transform themselves into the best team possible at arguably the world s most venerable rowing institution, Harvard crew Through a blend of journalistic writing and historical narrative, Saint Sing highlights their struggles and triumphs as she follows them through the spring season of 2008 This exclusive, competitive world is illuminated as never before as the athletes race for the collegiate national championship and one former member achieves a historic first for Harvard a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games What these men go through physically to earn a seat in the Harvard first eight is just the beginning The real test of their mettle is the inner athlete called upon to make their dreams a reality in this very tense and dramatic world The Eight chronicles the drama of a full season of elite college racing, including the bitter personal struggles and the team s pursuit of excellence.
Recent Comments "The Eight: A Season in the Tradition of Harvard Crew"
If this boat weren't about rowing, it would be one star. How often can you say that a book is both pompous and trite? Trite: "The gun went off and they exploded in a frenzy of splashing water as blades dug in and muscles pried the boats of the line. The Canadians never looked back." Aside from frenzied explosions and digging blades and prying muscles, I am particularly amused by "never looked back." Eight guys are always looking back. One faces forward, and I can guarantee that he was looking ba [...]
For rowing fans, a good look into one of the most successful rowing programs in the USA, that of Harvard University. A little bit of history, and a lot of the 2008 season.
This book was a meandering, overly verbose exploration into the world of rowing. Interesting at times, but too broad to engage the reader. Not as streamlined as the Wonder Crew, or as compelling. Still a solid read.
beautiful! practically poetry
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