17 Hours to Glory: Extraordinary Stories from the Heart of Triathlon

17 Hours to Glory: Extraordinary Stories from the Heart of Triathlon

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By (author) Mathias Müller, With Timothy Carlson

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  • Publisher: VELOPRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 18mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder
  • ISBN 10: 1934030430
  • ISBN 13: 9781934030431
  • Illustrations note: b&w photos plus three colour photosections
  • Sales rank: 70,837

Product description

This book celebrates the epic "Hawaii Ironman" with 17 inspiring stories of extreme courage and athleticism. From the moment the starting gun is fired on Kona's sandy beach at the Ironman World Championship, triathletes have 17 hours to cross the finish line. It's a feat marking the ultimate achievement in the sport. "17 Hours to Glory" is one of only a few books to commemorate this dramatic quest. Seventeen compelling stories allow readers to experience the competition first hand, revealing tremendous athleticism, unbelievable capacity for suffering, and true strength of character. The personal stories of triathlon's most epic characters come to life in this book, beginning with the famous story of Julie Moss' determination to reach the finish line, paving the way for future champions like Mark Allen and Paula Newby Fraser, and a new generation of superstars in Greg Welch and Chrissie Wellington. "17 Hours to Glory" tells the stories of a sedentary secretary with all of the wrong habits taking up triathlon to lose weight, a nun who races triathlons to bring attention to her causes, and two men with a rivalry so intense that their disabilities fade into the shadows. Injury, tough breaks, and down to the wire finishes highlight years of dedication to reaching a goal. Some will become champions, some will overcome all odds just to finish, only to come back and do it again. Triathlon's most dynamic heroes are candidly portrayed in "17 Hours to Glory", a book that puts no limits on the possibilities of the human spirit.

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Author information

Mathias Muller has competed in seven Ironman races, and finished the Ironman-Hawaii (1997, 1998, 2005) three times. His best performance was to finish in 99th overall in 9:28 hours in Roth, Germany, in 1998. He has been writing for several German magazines and newspapers over the last 15 years. Timothy Carlson is among triathlon's most beloved journalists and photographers. He writes for Inside Triathlon and Triathlete magazines. He is also an author of Embedded: The Media Wars in Iraq, which he wrote with co-author Bill Katovsky.

Review quote

"Hawaii Ironman(R) athletes have 17 hours to cross the finish line, but these 17 profiles of the sport's most iconic figures will have Kona hopefuls engrossed within minutes." -- "Triathlete "magazine "I thought I knew most of these stories from the television coverage, but "17 Hours to Glory" offers a more detailed account and backstory of what each Ironman athlete endured to achieve their 17 hours of glory. I'm honored to be included in such an incredible collection of competitors!" -- Karen Smyers, Ironman World Champion and ITU World Champion "Triathlon has a brief but interesting past, and "17 Hours to Glory" is a much-needed history lesson for fans of the rapidly growing sport. If you're a serious triathlete already, this book gives great insight into how the sport's biggest stars reached the top. If you're new to triathlon, consider this a great aid to learning about the sport at its highest level. Either way, "17 Hours to Glory" is an interesting read for triathletes at all levels." -- Active.com

Back cover copy

From the moment the starting gun is fired on Kona's sandy beach, triathletes have 17 hours to cross the finish line. Those hours test men and women, forcing them to look deep within themselves, revealing both heroes and champions. "17 Hours to Glory" celebrates the ultimate achievements of seventeen athletes with unbelievable drive and true strength of character, each portrait building a picture of triathlon's most storied race. The Ironman(R) World Championship is the measure of a triathlete, but 17 Hours to Glory shows there are no limits on the possibilities of the human spirit. Julie Moss Mark Allen Team Hoyt Paula Newby-Fraser Greg Welch Sister Madonna Buder Karen Smyers Thomas Hellriegel David Bailey and Carlos Moleda Andreas Niedrig Robert McKeague Sarah Reinertsen Peter Reid Natascha Badmann Marc Herremans Normann Stadler Chrissie Wellington