Olympus and Beyond by Allan Lawrence is the story of sport (running) told against the backdrop of the bigger human story of atmosphere, emotions, and relationships from the beginning, where a young Australian boy watched a newsreel and saw an American Naval Ensign become the first human in history to exceed 15' in the pole vault in Madison Square Garden. He vowed that one day he would compete in Madison Square Garden and break a world record. True to his word, seventeen years later, almost to the day, he succeeds, although in a different event. This is the fascinating tale of a young boy's rise in the athletic field and his coming to the United States, where he won several NCAA titles (both individual and team), and won All-American selection ten times, while winning AAU titles in cross-country, indoor, and track running. He struggled along the way with citizenship and health issues, but his determination and persistence allowed him to overcome these obstacles. Allan Lawrence is a true competitor.
This is the most honest and revealing sports biography I have ever read. It is truly a classic, every person who has ever had an interest in running should read this book..It is factual, humorous and a read you will not want to put down.
S. Starrett, Jr.
Runners who know or have met the affable Lawrence, who still
coaches runners of all abilities in the Houston area, will enjoy the tales of
his training and racing - from his arrival in the U.S. to compete for the
University of Houston, to his international races, all the way to competing in
Olympic Trials and the Olympics themselves. Lawrence skillfully portrays the
ups-and-downs that all runners face in their training and racing, not to mention
also their daily lives. The book is an enjoyable read, filled with interesting
anecdotes that often have a humorous twist - generally featuring his unique
This book a fascinating introduction to one of the best runners ever to reside in the Lone Star State while also discovering some of the history and people who helped shape the Texas running scene.
Texas Triathlete News
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