The Wizard of Foz by Bob Welch audiobook

The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution

By Bob Welch , with Dick Fosbury
Read by Grover Gardner

Blackstone Publishing 9781510736191

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200893560

  • ISBN: 9798200893553

  • ISBN: 9798200893577

Runtime: 8.96 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In 1968, perhaps the finest US Olympic men’s track-and-field team ever stirred the world in unprecedented ways, among them the victory stand black rights protest by Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico City. But in competition no single athlete mirrored the free-thinking 1960s better than Dick Fosbury, a failed prep high jumper who invented an offbeat style that ultimately won him a gold medal and revolutionized the event. No jumpers today use any other style than his.

Yet few know the struggles Fosbury endured to achieve his success, as he and Bob Welch recount in The Wizard of Foz. From the tragic death of a younger brother to nearly dying himself, from flunking out of college to nearly being drafted, Fosbury cleared far more obstacles than a high-jump bar. And even when he had seemingly made the US Olympic Team, he faced a “redo” that nobody saw coming.

This book tells a story of loss, survival, and triumph, twined in a person (Fosbury), a time (the 1960s), and a place (a fantasy-like Olympic Trials venue high in the Sierra Nevada) clearly made for each other. It is a story of a young man who refused to listen to those who laughed at him, those who doubted him, and those who tried to make him someone he was not.

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Author Bio: Bob Welch

Author Bio: Bob Welch

Bob Welch is the author more than twenty books, including the bestselling Easy Company Soldier, written with Don Malarkey himself. He is an award-winning journalist and his work has been published in more than a dozen books, including seven in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In addition, Welch’s articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated, and Runner’s World. Welch lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 8.96
Audience: Adult
Language: English