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The Best: How Champions Are Made

Mark Williams, Tim Wigmore

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Sport science, physical education

The inside track on how champions are made, written by one of the world's top sports scientists and an award-winning sports journalist.

GET INSIDE THE MINDS OF ELITE SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN AND DISCOVER WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE BEST. THIS IS THE STORY OF SUPERHUMAN PERFORMANCE AND THE PLAYBOOK FOR THE SUPERSTARS OF TOMORROW.

Never have the best sportspeople seemed so far removed from the rest of us. So how are these extraordinary athletes made and what do their achievements tell us about success? THE BEST reveals how the most incredible sportspeople in the world got that way. It is a unique look at the path to sporting greatness. This is a story of origins, training, luck and serendipity, as well as of sports science and cutting-edge technology. Packed with gripping personal stories and interviews, you will discover how the best athletes develop the extraordinary skills and muscle memory that allow them to perform remarkable acts without consciously thinking about them.

THE BEST deconstructs the myths, like the notion that 10,000 hours of practice are needed to make it to the top, and explores the hidden power of the mind to reveal how athletes really think and process information during high octane competition. it gets inside the minds of champions, deconstructing what athletes see during matches and explaining how they do what they do.

Drawing on examples and lessons from throughout the sporting world, this is for anyone who wants to know what it takes to be the best.

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Mark Williams

Professor Mark Williams (Uni of Utah) is a world-renowned expert on skill acquisition and talent development in sport. He has consulted with several Olympics sports including swimming, skiing, hockey and cycling, advised many national and international governing bodies such as UEFA, FIFA, AIS, USOC, and UK Sport. He has worked with the best professional sports teams across from the world - from Everton FC, Barcelona, and Real Madrid to the Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs, the Chicago Bears, the New York Yankees, Saracens and the Brisbane Broncos.

Tim Wigmore is an award-winning journalist, who covers a broad range of sports, both on and off the field. He writes regularly for The Economist, The New York Times and ESPNCricinfo. He is a cricket writer for The Daily Telegraph, has a weekly sports column for The i paper, and regularly discusses sport on the BBC and TalkSport.

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