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The man who could fly : the Bob Beamon story
Beamon, Bob.
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First edition.
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Columbus, Miss. : Genesis Press, [1999]

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v, 175 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Central Library GV1073.15.B43 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Throughout his turbulent early life, 1968 Olympic champion Bob Beamon held to the belief that something better awaited him. At last, in his own words, Beamon reveals the man behind the legend, with all his faults and foibles.

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In this refreshing biography, Olympian Bob Beamon begins by recounting the "complicated mess" of his difficult childhood. His mother died shortly after his birth, and he spent his formative years in an abusive household with an uncaring grandmother and an alcoholic father. Amazingly, this scraggly inner-city New Yorker, who teetered on the edge of juvenile delinquency, rose to Olympic stardom. His remarkable long jump of more than 29 feet at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City remains an Olympic record. In addition to his track career, Beamon retraces his bumpy life, including his college days at the University of Texas in El Paso, where he and other black athletes not only faced racism from townspeople and peers but from the school's athletic director who "fondly" called the athletes "niggers." While Beamon admits to making "bad choices" during his lifetime (including four failed marriages), he says he eventually put his life in order because he "refused to stay down." An inspirational and sports biography. --Sue-Ellen Beauregard

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