Speed skater Steven Bradbury collected perhaps the most unlikely, unthinkable gold medal in the history of the Olympics. His last-to-first roll to gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games captured the imagination and curiosity of millions of people around the world.
While his name has become synonymous with fluky success, the young man's golden moment was anything but an accident. It was gold forged with sacrifice, sweat and blood and it was the reward for never, ever giving up over four Olympics and more than twelve years of bloody-minded determination.
Gary Smart explores how a kid with a passion for surfing and speed, living in dry and dusty outer Brisbane, can win Australia's first-ever Winter Olympic gold. In crisp and colourful prose, Smart has dramatically captured the extraordinary life of a true Australian larrikin. Bradbury had a dream of Olympic gold and he was prepared to make any sacrifice, endure any hardship, to achieve it.
Steven Bradbury's story is as different as any story that has ever been told about a champion Australian athlete. Three years after that iconic moment, and as we approach the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games, his story is as poignant as ever.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 11 / 2005
- 129 x 198mm