Assault on Lake Casitas

Assault on Lake Casitas Brad Lewis s determination to win an Olympic medal had taken over his life by He would be too old for the games and the team had been lost to world politics Devastated after losing a cr

  • Title: Assault on Lake Casitas
  • Author: Brad Alan Lewis Ed Moran Scott Roop
  • ISBN: 9781879174009
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brad Lewis s determination to win an Olympic medal had taken over his life by 1984 He would be too old for the 1988 games and the 1980 team had been lost to world politics.Devastated after losing a critical race by nine tenths of a second, Lewis went to the Olympic selection camp in hopes of earning his way into a national boat He was not chosen.But Lewis was not to be dBrad Lewis s determination to win an Olympic medal had taken over his life by 1984 He would be too old for the 1988 games and the 1980 team had been lost to world politics.Devastated after losing a critical race by nine tenths of a second, Lewis went to the Olympic selection camp in hopes of earning his way into a national boat He was not chosen.But Lewis was not to be denied, and his story is than quest for the gold medal It is about challenging convention, overcoming and working outside the system Lewis is a great athlete, highly individualistic and subversive of the established athletic bureaucracy Even rarer, he tells a great story This book does for the Olympian rowing establishment what LIAR S POKER did for Salomon Brothers B O T Editorial Review Board

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    1. Being a rower myself, I could truly relate to this book. I understand the pain the Lewis goes through every race, the terrible yet amazing feeling in your gut at the start of a race. Not once was I bored. Lewis' struggle to stardom is truly an amazing story, showing the constant theme of never giving up. No matter what, you should always put forth your full effort. At the end of a race, Lewis said that you should have "used up every ounce of energy in your body." It's true. At the end of a race, [...]

    2. Fabulous sports book, maybe the best I ever read. Right out there with The Boys In The Boat, only in the first person and more visceral. The narrative has all the attributes which make a classic story work: The Hero's Journey, Adversity, Antagonist(s), Antagonist(s) Representative(s), Insurmountable Odds Of Success, Love, Spirituality, Awakening, Revelation, Gratification, and more. I read this in two or three sittings, and I don't normally do that. Usually I want to savor, but with this one, I [...]

    3. The. Most. Inspirational. Book. Probably one of the principal works in teaching me not to complain and be stupid but rather to try hard and be awesome.

    4. Very rarely do you find and read a book that you were meant to read at a particular moment in time. For me this was that book and now was that time. It's funny because this was also one of those books that you "borrow" from a friend, only to let languish on your shelf for the better part of a decade. I recently discovered it after going through a box from college, and decided it was about time to read and send it back. I couldn't have chosen a better time.The prose is simple. The author's messag [...]

    5. Brad is a weird dude. A super interesting, curious sort of BEASTY competitor and also really messed up dude. It was interesting to read about the events themselves -- WOW that actually happened? and also about the person who he is -- WOW he actually had the inner strength to do that? WOW he really had a lot of anger to fuel that! and also about racing in general, relating to the pieces of him that are relatable. Things I reacted to from this book: - Interesting perspective of Harry Parker- It ma [...]

    6. One of my all time favorite books period. I don't care what mountain you're climbing, what disease you're fighting, or how challenging your job - this book will inspire you to do your very best. Being a good listener is important, but sometimes you have to go with your own vision and be fanatical about being your own advisor. It all comes down to you in the end for many accomplishments - not necessarily for family, or spouse or friends - but if you want to do something great in sports or busines [...]

    7. I enjoyed the underdog, come from behind, do it my own way nature of the story here, but I was completely turned off by the self centered, arrogant, jerk voice of Lewis. The cover, and the reviews here made me think he was going to find himself, grow up and stop being such a jerk to everyone around him, but he never got there before the end of the book. The epilogue makes it sound like he finally found what he needed in the gold medal and then grew up, and let a lot of stuff go, but not in enoug [...]

    8. AWESOME. I was told that Lewis was "totally crazy" by my elite-rowing boyfriend, so when I finished this book I was surprised to find Lewis relatively normal (by rowing standards). Perhaps that says more about my mental status than his. In any case, it's a great story full of good guys and bad guys. Inner struggles and domination. Pushing to the limit and beyond. I appreciated the messages he sent and think that I might have to make it a bi-annual read.I wish I had a pal that was a masseuse, chi [...]

    9. Probably best appreciated by rowers, although other competitive athletes might get something out of it. Lewis is a prickly character who likes to go his own way. Not exactly likeable, but have to admire his work ethic and determination. But if we're going to judge this book by his character, then I think it would be good to hear other perspectives. Like what did they think when he "borrowed" the double and took off with it? Maybe no one cared, but.?

    10. I thoroughly enjoyed this very inspiring story of how the author relentlessly pursued his Olympic medal dream. The book is full of ferocity, strong opinions and performance-improving tips that any seriously competitive sculler will appreciate. But its many moments of real humanity and vulnerability are also truly moving.

    11. Perhaps if I hadn't read The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics I would have been more taken with this book.

    12. Well written book about losing a chance to compete in 1984 Olympics and then struggling through selection camp and trials for another class of boat. Describes the challenge and pain of racing at the highest level. Quite a story about character and persistence against some of the famous figures in collegiate and Olympic Rowing.

    13. This is THE best book about rowing and rowers in publication. Read this with Don LaFontaine's (RIP) voice: "In a world, where Olympic gold is king, one man, sets out on the journey of a lifetime. Victory, Defeat, Frendship, Hatred, and Respect; it all combines in one final assault, an assault, on Lake Casitas." Yes, its that good.

    14. InspiredBeautiful piece of history outlining the route that we all face to make our own goals our own reality. No vision is the same, no failure or win is the same. But, we all march forward at some time believing this time it will be different. And sometimes, it is.

    15. Not a mystery but an interesting book about Olympic-level rowing. The protagonist is unsympathetic--always angry and extremely self-focused. But the book gives a good picture of what was required to row at an international championship level in 1984.

    16. This book gave me an idea of what it takes for a guy to make it to the olympics, and how you can do it on your own terms and training.

    17. Incredible effort. Inspiring. Interesting to learn Lewis' journey to the Olympics,, but didn't like him much as an author or an individual. Nevertheless an amazing accomplishment.

    18. Quite possibly the greatest book about athletics I've ever read. Good luck finding it but I'm certain I wouldn't have gone to the Olympics with out this one.

    19. Entertaining but very self-serving. Interesting to read back-to-back with Halberstam's "The Amateurs."

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