Stars from basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball and surf tell in these books how were their paths to success.
We bring you inspiring and passionate readings, filled with all that positive feeling you need to give your life or career an extra boost. Photos: Amazon, Calameo
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This time we wanted to bring you a list of five biographies of successful athletes. These are inspiring and passionate readings, filled with all that positive feeling you need to give your life or career an extra boost. What is behind the success of these athletes? Find out for yourself!
1. Open (Andre Agassi)
Tennis is full of talented players, and one of them is Andre Agassi. The American was number one in the ATP rankings for 101 weeks , and among his titles stands out having won all four Grand Slam: Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open. He also won a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. However, all these achievements had a dark past.
The Pulitzer Prize winner JR Moehringer captures in these pages how Agassi's past was, whith a father obsessed with making him a world star . This is how the tennis player grew up due to the contradiction between an imposed destiny and the desire to please those who sacrificed everything for him. Agassi's inner and constant struggle to get ahead doing something that he constantly secretly hated makes his story exceptional.
2. Mamba Mentality: How I Play (Kobe Bryant)
2020 took from us one of the most popular and beloved stars in world basketball: Kobe Bryant. The American was a five-time NBA champion, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist, as well as a huge list of individual awards. But what made him a sports eminence , those keys behind his success, go through what he did off the court .
From the hand of the athlete himself we will discover what were those acts that took him to the top, the secret of his well-known approach and the steps he followed to prepare himself mentally and physically to be able to stand out among the others. The most fascinating thing about the book is in the real examples and details from each stage of his career, where he reveals how he studied his opponents, how he channeled his passion for the game, and how he played despite his injuries .
3. The move of my life (Andrés Iniesta)
Soccer fans, especially in Spain, are big fans of Andrés Iniesta. Over time, the midfielder became the true mastermind behind the Spanish national team and FC Barcelona , teams where he managed to lift important titles such as the World Cup, the European Championship and the Champions League. He was always a character very dedicated to his family and friends.
With the collaboration of journalists Ramón Besa and Marcos López, the Spaniard is sincere with his readers and leads them to meet that soccer player and human being that few actually know. From his own voice we will learn about his childhood and adolescence in his hometown , as well as his different stages in La Masía until he reached the first Barça team. Likewise, we will also read testimonials from those who have shared great moments with him, such as his teammates and coaches.
4. Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero (Roberto Clemente)
Baseball giant, family man, and humanitarian activist. Roberto Clemente's life is, without a doubt, one of the strongest and most inspiring in sport in general . The player who spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates won two World Series championships, as well as two MVP awards and two Golden Gloves, which served as the impetus to reach the Hall of Fame. However, the true greatness of the Puerto Rican was seen with his human side.
After his tragic death, Roberto's widow and children decided to tell about the existence of an inspiring person who also achieved feats outside the playing fields. He was one of the first athletes to understand that the power of sports could accomplish any goal , even transform the lives of millions of people with humble gestures. This book also features a collection of never-before-seen photographs, which add an extra touch to the immortality of a hero.
5. Surfer's Soul (Bethany Hamilton)
The story of Bethany Hamilton is a great story of overcoming and love for what is done. Born in Hawaii, this girl had a great influence from her surfing parents to start in this discipline, which she began to practice and get recognition from the age of 4. However, at 13 she suffered an accident where he lost his left arm due to the bite of a tiger shark . From there a new life would begin.
In this reading, Bethany herself tells us a large part of her experiences, especially what happened after the incident that cost her about 60% of her blood. He lived through the recovery process with an incredibly positive attitude, as he couldn't wait to surf again, something that he achieved after a few weeks. Here we will also know all the effort that she had to make to start from scratch and overcome that terrible traumatic experience. Time and a love for surfing brought Bethany back to the place she always belonged .