Now I know why Sebastian Coe was upset at Dwain Chambers’ book. Because it was released one month before his own book, The Winning Mind.
With all the hype surrounding Chambers’ book, The Winning Mind went literally unnoticed.
Anyone who ran track between 1978 and 1984 can remember the intense rivalry between Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett. With both athletes representing the same country, you can imagine the field day the British press had in dealing with the sports coverage! And who would qualify for the 3rd and final spot for Great Britain?
In his book, he talks about the 1980 & 1984 Olympics, plus the hardship he endured from not being selected in 1988, despite running well in 1989.
In terms of the greatest rivalries, I can think of Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis between 1984-1988, but that feuded the Canada vs. USA war, just like Michael Johnson and Donovan Bailey in 1996 & 1997.
Rivalries brings out the best of you. Where are you now Patrice Doucet?
I’ve always said what you learn from sports can be applied to the business world. I’m referring to leadership, attitude, discipline, goal setting, planning, and of course, success & failure. You will learn more from your mistakes than from your successes.
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