Olympic Odyssey

ROWING FOR THE GOLD AT THE 1964 OLYMPICS—A PERSONAL MEMOIR

Only a handful of the finest athletes in the world have participated in the Olympics, and even fewer have won its highest honor—the Olympic Gold Medal. Olympic Odyssey is Emory Clark’s first-hand account of the journey from his first grueling workouts on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia to the winners dock by the Toda Rowing Course at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

While it may have been fifty years ago, Olympic Odyssey spins a timeless tale of youthful ambition and the intense physical and emotional exertion that turned one man’s dream into reality.   

Told in his own distinctive voice, and augmented with images, artifacts, contemporary letters and accounts from his training diary, Clark brings his picaresque journey to life with intimate details, insightful commentary and humorous asides that come from a life-long love of competitive rowing—and the perspective gained from reaching a pinnacle in the world of sports. 

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