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On the Wings of Mercury

The Lorraine Moller Story



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On the Wings of Mercury: The Lorraine Moller Story by Lorraine Moller
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Lorraine Moller is one of New Zealand's greatest women distance runners. Four times an Olympic contender, winner of three Avon Women's Marathons, winner of the Boston Marathon, three times the winner of the Osaka international Ladies' Marathon, and a Commonwealth Games medallist, she is indeed a living legend of the running world. Lorraine began running barefoot with her father near her home in Putaruru and went on to win a bronze medal in the marathon at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games. Here, in her own words, Lorraine looks back on a golden era of athletics in New Zealand and the personalities she ran with - Arthur Lydiard, Dick Quax, rod Dixon, Anne Audain, Allison roe and others. She traces her development as a world-class competitor and reveals the strategies and coping techniques that took her to the world stage. A longtime battler for equality and professionalism in distance running, Lorraine is upfront about her struggles with officialdom. With the roman god Mercury as her guide, Lorraine competed with immense courage and determination at the highest level. Here is a candid, personal story of an extraordinary life: intense, insightful and highly entertaining.

Author Biography

Lorraine Moller began her running career as a barefooted schoolgirl in her hometown of Putaruru. At 41 she wound up her career with her fourth Olympic marathon, becoming the only woman in the world to have completed all first four Olympic marathons for women. Accomplishments included three time winner of the Avon Women's World Marathon Championship, and an Olympic bronze medal in the women's marathon in Barcelona in 1992. She was also the winner of three Commonwealth Games medals, held 4 World Bests and, undefeated as a Masters runner, was ranked number 1 in the world for 1995 and 1996.
Release date NZ
October 26th, 2007
Country of Publication
New Zealand
colour and b/w photographs
Longacre Press
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