No man has affected more runners in more ways than Bill Bowerman. During his 24-year tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helped establish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
With the full cooperation of the Bowerman family and Nike, plus years of taped interviews with friends, relatives, students, and competitors, two-time Olympic marathoner Kenny Moore - himself one of Bowerman's champion athletes - brilliantly re-creates the legendary track coach's life.
©2006 Kenny Moore (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Inspiring, Interesting and Emotional.
Hearing about the story of how pre built the jogging industry and his passion for coaching was amazing! Also the story of Prefontaine was really incredible and made me emotional reading about it.
I really wanted to like thie book. The Man is a legend, but the narrator, in an attempt to affect a folksy awe shucks demeanor ends up sounding like he is talking through a paper bag. Too bad
"Great historical look at the man behind the brand!"
Really interesting to hear how Nike started from such a simple beginning. Nike are still proud of this heritage and live by the maxims that Bill Bowerman embodied.
"Amazing story of an amazing man"
A must read for any coach. It certainly has taught me more than a few things. A hard act to follow. With reminders of boyhood dreams of emulating these runners
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