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Chariots and Horses

Life Lessons from an Olympic Rower

by Jason Dorland

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Jason Dorland is no stranger to competition. As a rower and coach, he’s seen his share of races won and lost. But after a devastating performance at the 1988 Olympics, Jason was overwhelmed by a sense of failure—and with small wonder. Winning at all costs, whereby the playing field is seen as a battlefield, is pretty much the industry standard when it comes to motivating elite athletes. That philosophy coloured his own coaching style, until he met someone who coped with the loss of her own Olympic dream, and viewed competition itself, in a different way.

An honest, intimate look at the reality of high-level athletics, Chariots and Horses is more than a sports story. In charting his progress from struggling athlete to an inspirational coach driven to instill a healthy competitive spirit in his rowers, Jason Dorland shows how in sports and in life, it’s all about the journey.

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Jason Dorland is an Olympian, coach, entrepreneur, and storyteller who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence for himself and those he supports. He is the author of Chariots and Horses: Life Lessons from an Olympic Rower. During his ten years of coaching high-school rowing, Jason’s crews won twelve international championship events, set a Canadian course record time, and won back-to-back events with the same four athletes—a feat never before achieved at a National Championship. When Jason is not sharing his experiences and life lessons through his keynotes and workshops, he consults as a high-performance coach for athletes, artists, and executives. For more information, visit jasondorland.com.

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chariots and horses

I've been an athlete myself when I was a teenager and I saw these two different ways to look at competitions and motivation, especially in parents and coaches, as the competitors were still very young. Chariots and Horses is a great book and captures both attitudes very well. It's great to get a look through a coaches eyes and see the motivations for their behaviour.

Chariots and Horses

Though I know many of the people mentioned in Jason's book and this made it very appealing to me, this frank and open confession of Jason's experiences with rowing specifically and athletics in general make it a "must read" for anyone involved in sport, especially anyone currently coaching today. His book is a very enjoyable and stimulating read.

An honour and a privilege

Jason's honesty in telling his story is inspiring. We are not all willing to look at our warts along with our successes. The love that Jason found in Robyn and the love he found for himself through her is heartwarming. But that Jason then took what he had learned and changed how he coached and thus the impact of coaching on his athletes, makes this story more than just a personal reflection. This story has real meaning for training and coaching and life. I am honoured that Jason asked me to be a part of the development of this book. As the first professional editor to work on the story, I learned a lot about coming to terms with the past, success and failure. Thanks for the privilege, Jason.

Chariots & Horses

This is not just a tale of success and failure that you might read from many athletes. Jason bares all and lets everyone in to the psyche of an elite athlete who has given his life to his sport and the toll it takes mentally and physically... and that is just in the first few chapters! Where this book really grabs you is how honest and raw he is. He pulls no punches and is the hardest on himself. Whether you are a musician, artist or athlete, dealing with the pressure of your own expectations - let alone others - Jason's story allows you to ask yourself the tough questions and lets you know that you are not the only feeling what you are feeling.

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