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Freestyle Hero: Park Tae-hwan Autobiography
Freestyle Hero: Park Tae-hwan Autobiography
Freestyle Hero: Park Tae-hwan Autobiography
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Korean Title: Freestyle Hero
Author: Park Tae-hwan
Publisher: Joongang Books
312 pages | 223*152mm

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>>>This book is written in Korean.

About This Book

What is the life of an Olympic gold medalist like? That is what the nation¡¯s fastest swimmer tries to explain in his self-penned book.

He has experienced both the highs ¡ª gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ¡ª and the lows ¡ª disqualification in Athens four years earlier and even worse, a no-medal showing at the 2009 World Championships. He catalogs these events, starting from Athens in 2004 to London this year.

While any Korean vaguely interested in Park would know all these facts already, the 23-year-old¡¯s take shocks with its candor. He talks about the hours following the disqualification scare after the preliminary 400-meter freestyle race in London and how he cried in the post-race press conference. He wanted to pour his heart out but his eyes did the talking for him.

None of the confessions or the events feels especially monumental, however; the swimming champion seems to have transcended them all. His skirmish with his parents over choice of college, especially, lacks drama. That¡¯s it, a reader may be forced to ask.

But that uncomplicated, almost naive character, is probably why the nation fell in love with him in the first place.

--KWAAK JE-YUP


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