Summary of Greatness

The 16 Characteristics of True Champions

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To learn about greatness, observe how the best athletes practice and perform.


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For more than two decades, journalist Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated editor, had a front-row seat for observing greatness at sports fields, boxing rings, basketball courts, Olympic swimming pools and racing tracks: wherever great athletes competed. Yaeger spent hundreds of hours discussing greatness with elite sports performers. In his solid exploration of how to achieve greatness, Yaeger draws on the inspirational lives and character traits of great athletes. This is great fun – if not exactly great literature – and filled with triumphant stories. getAbstract recommends Yaeger’s insights to athletic adolescents and anyone who loves sports (particularly US sports, given the terminology) and who wants to learn about the personalities of champions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What comprises greatness
  • How champion athletes embody the 16 primary characteristics of greatness


Everyone can cite an example of greatness, but defining it isn’t easy. Those seeking illustrations of greatness know that it often manifests in the world of sports.

Small, subtle differences separate the world’s greatest athletes from their rivals. Those tiny ...
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About the Author

Don Yaeger, an associate editor at Sports Illustrated for 10 years, is a journalist and the author of numerous books, including Running for My Life, which he co-wrote with Warrick Dunn.

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    琦玮 翟 4 years ago
    Quite inspiring one, worth reading
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      Obie Akpachiogu 4 years ago
      yes,it is!
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    Patrick Brigger 4 years ago
    Great read
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    Julie Smith 4 years ago
    Some great inspirational elements. It would appeal to a broader audience if the athletes profiled were more globally known. Alternatively read the 16 elements and against each consider the sportsmen and women from your country that demonstrate these traits and don't forget the paralympian athletes as I would suggest many of these epitomise the Characteristics of true champions

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