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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage House; Canadian First edition (Oct. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1927051002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927051009
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.9 x 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Jason does a great job in this book of being candid about his disappointment at the Seoul Olympics and helping the reader to understand the pain that he felt. The true gifts from the book come from the lessons that Jason shares about reframing athletic pursuits to find the joy and meaning that come from the process of self-transcendence and the camaraderie of a good team.
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By Brad Alan Lewis on Oct. 25 2012
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This is a remarkable book - I consider Jason's story a 'must read' for all rowers, novice all the way up to elite.
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In "Chariots and Horses", former Olympian turned rowing coach Jason Dorland tells the story of how he transformed his shattered dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, and the motivational technique of hatred of one's competitors, into a journey of self-discovery and the creation of a coaching philosophy that successfully challenged the "industry standard" metaphor of sport as a battlefield. It is a deeply personal account of high-performance athletic competition and the long journey to putting that experience in perspective.

Full disclosure: I shared a house with the author and two other rowers in the year that precedes the start of this story. I was a freshman member of the University of Victoria junior varsity crew, carrying the unwarranted label of being an up-and-coming new recruit to this Canadian rowing powerhouse (when the truth was that my first year of collegiate rowing would prove to be the end of a slightly above average rowing career). Dorland was then a truly rising star of the country's rowing elite, joining the cadre of my rowing heros, who I knew by reputation and second-hand connection through some of his highschool crewmates. In some ways, you learn more about a person sharing a house with them than you do sharing a boat. But in that year preceding the depths of this story - the national teams' devastating loss in the 1988 Seoul Olympics - my memory of this athlete centres on his focus and determination to row for his country, while none of the demons that underscored the intense competitiveness he describes in this book were frankly much in evidence in the off-water settings in which we interacted.

"Chariots and Horses" ultimately centres on Dorland's year-long process of coaching his highschool crew to the national championships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Mckeough on Dec 7 2011
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There were times when I was reading this book when I felt a sadly familiar knot in my stomach, a draining feeling that comes from losing - which never seems to go away. Jason pours his heart out in this book, revealing deep pain and then his long journey towards understanding what motivates athletes (and ultimately, anyone who competes in their career). Replacing the hatred, fear and shame of losing with something else is a deeply personal experience. Jason only got there by reaching despair, rebuilding his self-esteem and then teaching others that there's a different way. If you're an athlete or coach or boss who thinks that intimidation, threats or anger are effective tactics for motivation, please read this book. Jason will share his story that teaches life lessons: by focusing your competitive drive inward, towards your own goals, in your own 'race'...this is a winning strategy over the long run.
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a must for coaches struggling with their coaching style Feb. 11 2014
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This is a book for rowing coaches who need to understand the power they wield and what it does or doesn't do to their athletes,
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Personal story Aug. 13 2013
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It is a personal story and in some points it is boring, some events are too detailed. Expected more about motivation and teamwork.

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