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The Olympian

The Olympian

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I dare greatly, and I shall live my life as no ordinary man bound by a game of chance.– John Baxter TaylorRunning is his sacred ritual. As his legs gracefully carry him around the track at the University of Pennsylvania, he feels the wind in his face and freedom at his back. It is 1905, and John Baxter Taylor Jr. is three years away from representing the United States at the Olympic Games in London, where he will become the first African American Gold Medalist in Olympic Game history.Taylor does everything in his power to live an uncommon life and overcome the barriers that block his path. As he transforms himself from a skinny boy who pushes his fellow athletes to their limits to one of the best quarter-milers in the world, he beats not only his competitors on the track, but his detractors in the classroom. He earns a degree in veterinary medicine; he becomes a member of the first black fraternity; he wins Olympic gold. Whatever paths he treads, John Taylor Jr. transcends prejudice of race and social class to earn his place among those rare people we call champions.This compelling historical novel—the story of one man’s unyielding determination to achieve his dream despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles—will inspire you to remember that glory does not die, but is passed on to the next person willing to carry the torch in their heart.
I dare greatly, and I shall live my life as no ordinary man bound by a game of chance.– John Baxter TaylorRunning is his sacred ritual. As his legs gracefully carry him around the track at the University of Pennsylvania, he feels the wind in his face and freedom at his back. It is 1905, and John Baxter Taylor Jr. is three years away from representing the United States at the Olympic Games in London, where he will become the first African American Gold Medalist in Olympic Game history.Taylor does everything in his power to live an uncommon life and overcome the barriers that block his path. As he transforms himself from a skinny boy who pushes his fellow athletes to their limits to one of the best quarter-milers in the world, he beats not only his competitors on the track, but his detractors in the classroom. He earns a degree in veterinary medicine; he becomes a member of the first black fraternity; he wins Olympic gold. Whatever paths he treads, John Taylor Jr. transcends prejudice of race and social class to earn his place among those rare people we call champions.This compelling historical novel—the story of one man’s unyielding determination to achieve his dream despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles—will inspire you to remember that glory does not die, but is passed on to the next person willing to carry the torch in their heart.

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Publish date: Oct 27, 2010
Added to Scribd: Feb 09, 2011
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780595617043
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Against All OddsCraig T.Williams surely gave me a black history lesson. We all know about Jesse Owen's Olympic career. But how many of us know about John Baxter Taylor, Jr.? Readers are taken to a time where the black man was not expected to achieve, let alone, their dreams. John Taylor, Jr. went against the odds. He overcame numerous obstacles to achieve greatness. I was so disappointed when John withdrew from school. I was expecting a little more fight. He had to hit rock bottom in order to get the extra push from some great people. We can thank Jack Johnson for his words of encouraging. John was reinstated in school and didn't look back. His accomplishments included obtaining a veterinary medicine degree, becoming a member of the first black fraternity in addition to the greatest ~ being the first African American Gold Medalist in Olympic game history. I strongly recommend "The Olympian: An American Triumph" by Craig T. Williams. It illustrates how an individual can accomplish their dreams with a little hard work, determination and will power. You may get knocked down, but it's up to you in the end to get up and dust yourself off. Reviewed by: Jas
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