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A Shot At History : My Obsessive Journey To Olympic Gold (English)

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A Shot At History : My Obsessive Journey To Olympic Gold (English) (Hardcover) Price: Rs. 239

The book is an autobiography of the Olympic Gold Medalist Shooter, Abhinav Bindra.


Summary Of The Book

A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold  traces Abhinav Bindra’s relentless pursuit of perfection, towards his dream of achieving the coveted trophy, an Olympic Gold Medal.


Bindra’s story is the story of a champion athlete, with all the triumphs and agonies that such a career entails.


Abhinav Bindra was born in an affluent family that could afford the best training, coaches, and facilities. But he clearly points out that having the best of everything does not ensure success. In his book, he clearly outlines that only a hunger for excellence and an inner desire to be the best can help a person succeed in life.


His journey started young, when he would practice shooting at paper targets as a child. Later, he was trained by international coaches. Abhinav Bindra talks in length about these people, his trainers and coaches, who enormously contributed to his rise as a professional shooter.


His long time German Coach, Gaby Buehlmann, helped him stay grounded after his bitter disappointment at finishing seventh during the Athens Olympics in 2004. In fact, he even considered giving up the sport altogether, but Buehlmann helped him get back on his feet and stay focused.
Bindra also recalls how a letter from Uwe Reisterer, his consultant coach, helped regain his focus. The letter told him that he could be the World Champion in 2006, and go on to be an Olympic Champion two years later.


In this book, Bindra also acknowledges his inspirations and other champion shooters that he looked up to, including Gagan Narang, Samaresh Jung, Jaspal Rana and Anjali Bhagwat.


A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold begins at a low point in his life - his failure to win a medal at the Olympics in Athens, in 2004. From this darkest hour in his career, the book traces his journey, before and after that event, to his eventual triumph at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


The book also highlights the unique situation faced by an Olympic contestant. As Bindra explains, a cricketer can play several test matches in a year, and a tennis or golf player has several Grand Slam events in a year. If they fail in one, they will have a chance of redemption at another event within that year. But for an Olympic athlete, fame and glory comes only once every four years. The book is aptly tailored to inspire the ambitious to further glory.


About The Authors


A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold was written by Abhinav Bindra and renowned sports writer Rohit Brijnath.


Abhinav Bindra is well-known for bringing glory to India, in the form of an Olympic gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Event during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.


His tryst with shooting started when he was young, and he went on to train under some of the best coaches in the field. He won a Bronze medal in the Munich World Cup, in the year 2001, and the Gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, in the years 2002 and 2006. An alumnus of the University of Colorado, he is the Chief Executive Officer at Abhinav Futuristics. 


Rohit Brijnath is a famous sports journalist in India. He has enjoyed a remarkable career in the field, and has written for Sportsworld, India Today, BBC News, and Sportstar.

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Specifications of A Shot At History : My Obsessive Journey To Olympic Gold (English) (Hardcover)

Book Details
Publisher Harper Sport
ISBN-10 9350291126
Imprint Harpercollins
Number of Pages 252 Pages
Publication Year 2011
Language English
ISBN-13 9789350291122
Binding Hardcover
Dimensions
Weight 475.0 Grams
Height 8.46 Inches (US)
Width 0.63 Inches (US)
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Abhinav Bindra is India\'s first and only individual Olympic gold medallist and also the first\nIndian to win a world championship gold. He has won seventy-eight international medals\nin the last fifteen years.

Rohit Brijnath has written on sport for 25 years for such publicat...View More
Abhinav Bindra is India\'s first and only individual Olympic gold medallist and also the first\nIndian to win a world championship gold. He has won seventy-eight international medals\nin the last fifteen years.

Rohit Brijnath has written on sport for 25 years for such publications as Sportsworld, India\nToday, The Hindu, The Mint, BBC-South Asia website and The Age. He is currently a senior\ncorrespondent with The Straits Times in Singapore. This is his first book.
Author Brijnath Rohit Bindra Abhinav
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Varshul Gupta

Mar 30, 2014

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A Beauty Product

Yes that is what i would call this book. Abhinav Bindra tells all. All about the journey. The journey within and the journey outside. It pushes you, inspires you, ignites you, fuels you. The Book has been amazingly written. Get the book and experience the journey of this yogi.
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Anup Menon

Oct 23, 2013

Fascinating story, brilliant writing - as usual by Rohit Brijnath

Didnt know shooting could be so exciting before I read this book. Read it long back when it was released, but still can't get over going gaga over it.

Highly recommended for anyone who read about sport. What a story and what a narration by the best sports writer in the world, in my opinion…
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ram sudheer

Aug 2, 2013

Obsession for perfection,one of the best biographies

Rafa :my story and this book are the best books i have read recently.
I found a similarity in both of them i.e., obsession for perfection and "living in the present moment." "Dont think of the last lost point,focus on the present point."
flipkart service is great.and the book too great. (View complete review)
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nikhil shiroor

Jun 11, 2013

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must read..

this is the one and only book written by our 2008 Beijing olympic gold medalist MR. ABHINAV BINDRA i feel this is a very good book and must be read by every sportsman this book reads all the difficulties faced by him in his obsessive journey to india's olympic gold medal in 10m air
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Parag Vaidya

Mar 20, 2013

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A Must Read

As as Indian sports fan, we wanted an individual medal at the Olympics - the Mecca for Sports. Over the years at the games, wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav at 1952 Helsinki tennis legend Leander Paes at 1996 Atlanta, weight lifter Karnam Malleshwari at 2000 Sydney broke the bronze barricade. Then… (View complete review)

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A Khan

Feb 26, 2013

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Quest for perfection

This book is probably the best sports biography ever written.
Most of us think that rifle-shooting is a simple, straightforward sport: just aim your rifle at the target, stand as still as possible, hold your breath and pull the trigger. In fact, it’s so simple it shouldn’t even be called a sport, right?
aren’t we wrong! This book provides the reader a great insight into this sport and into the mind of a champion from the best perspective possible: that of the shooter himself.
It gives an outstanding insight into the sport that is hardly known. And it could be a book on sports psychology by
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yash ujjwal

Oct 24, 2011

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motivating story

success comes through hardwork, determination,discipline and above all an obsession to achieve what you want.this is what abhinav bindra has aptly told the readers in this book.truly inspiring.
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Prabhu Raut

Dec 20, 2011

A Yogi with Gun



" A shot at History" Really its a shot of old believes that winning a gold medal at world's largest sports carnival is not possible by an Indian. Heartfelt thanks to the writer and Abhinav Bindra to bring such a phenomenon book on his journey that will bring lot of confidence and inspiration to new generation.

As an Indian, I salute Abhinav for the laurels he brought to the country where 'The gold medal was remote. Never seen by most, never touched. And as described it the book 'this very foreignness of it made the journey more mysterious and arduous. The lucid flow of language is so prom
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Lawrence Klein

Sep 23, 2012

Making History using Biofeedback / Neurofeedback in Sport

I could not put the book down, it was so gripping. The fact that 1.25 Billion people had not won Gold in 100 years at the Olympics became Abhinav obsession. His mention of working with Tim Harkness using Biofeedback / Neurofeedback was huge for me, as he was using the ProComp Infiniti from Thought Technology, the company I started with Dr. Hal Myers in 1974. The fact I co-authored "Mind Over Muscle" with Major Laderoute, former Athletic Director of Combat Training for the Canadian Armed Forces, and that our Biofeedback had been used by Captain Steve Tibbett to win the Queens Medal at Bisley wa
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Jugnu

Oct 21, 2011

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Inspiring

Abhinav may have been born with a golden spoon in his mouth but his name is written in golden letter is History....Excellent book showcasing determination..fighting failure,,,family support and above all faith in oneself......all tht is require to achieve ur dreams..
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anukool bharadwaj

Dec 20, 2011

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worth every penny and every minute..

An excellent read,gives you goosebumps on more occasion than one.The effort put in by Abhinav Bindra is awe inspiring to say the least.An excellent example of how to use your blessings to the fullest.The last chapter in which the unfortunate state of indian sports and shooting in particular is highlighted,gives us an unseen view of the actual plight of indian sports.All in all,a fantastic book.A MUST FOR ALL THOSE WHO LOVE SPORTS.
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NAVNEET MAINI

Nov 1, 2011

Good Buy

I think this would have been a very good biography than an autobiography. From 1st page itself you see the Rohit Brijnath's penmanship all over - which in a way spoils the fun. Throughout the book I kept sifting facts from Abhinav's life and Rohit's writing.(I think the genesis is that this is Rohit's first book.) All in all a good read into the kind of mad hard work it takes to be a world champion. Damn impressive show by Abhinav - 5 stars to you - way to go man. Please don't open a money minting training school like Yuvraj or Sehwag and spoil everything!
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Varshul Gupta

Mar 30, 2014

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A Beauty Product

Yes that is what i would call this book. Abhinav Bindra tells all. All about the journey. The journey within and the journey outside. It pushes you, inspires you, ignites you, fuels you. The Book has been amazingly written. Get the book and experience the journey of this yogi.
★★★★★
★★★★★

Anup Menon

Oct 23, 2013

Fascinating story, brilliant writing - as usual by Rohit Brijnath

Didnt know shooting could be so exciting before I read this book. Read it long back when it was released, but still can't get over going gaga over it.

Highly recommended for anyone who read about sport. What a story and what a narration by the best sports writer in the world, in my opinion - Rohit Brijnath.

The book is taut and very well laid out in detailing and psychology. Brilliant play of words that inspire the reader into the plane at which champions operate. Salute to a truly wonderful experience - reading this classic.
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ram sudheer

Aug 2, 2013

Obsession for perfection,one of the best biographies

Rafa :my story and this book are the best books i have read recently.
I found a similarity in both of them i.e., obsession for perfection and "living in the present moment." "Dont think of the last lost point,focus on the present point."
flipkart service is great.and the book too great.
Generally books written on indian sports person by indian authors aren't that perfect and not upto the standard,but this one is an exception.
Rohit Brijnath,the author has nicely written this biography ,interesting till the end,and also complete. Will recommend to all and particularly, if you are intereste
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