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Emory Clark’s OLYMPIC ODYSSEY– on Display at 2018 Frankfurt International Book Fair

A 54-year-old tale of youthful dreams turned into reality


Only a handful of the world’s finest athletes have participated in the Olympics. OLYMPIC ODYSSEY is the first hand account of one such who found gold on the winner’s dock at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, beating an unbeatable German crew which had not lost a race in four years.

Hoping to reach beyond the world of athletes and rowing, Author Emory Clark has decided to participate in the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair to be held this October 10-14, 2018, in Frankfurt, Germany, giving book enthusiasts as well as the literary and media industries the chance to reach out to their targeted readers together with those from all walks of life who find inspiration in a well told story of passion – and beating the odds.

In displaying his book in this most important literary marketplace, Clark lays bare an exciting and crucial year of his young life, recounting it in his own distinctive voice and augmenting it with images, artifacts, contemporary letters and excerpts from his training diary. He brings his picaresque journey to life with intimate details, insightful commentary and humorous asides. While a personal journey to be sure, Clark’s story of focused determination, fear, passion, pain, and ultimate triumph is as relevant to anyone attempting to achieve a seemingly impossible goal today as it was more than half a century ago.

Attend the fair and don’t miss Emory Clark’s story of timeless passion.

“Olympic Odyssey”
Written by Emory Clark
Published by TaylorButterfield
Published Date: December 1, 2014
Hardcover: $28
About the Author
Emory Clark began rowing in boarding school at age 13. He went on to Yale University where he was captain of the crew his senior year, graduating in 1960 with a degree in English.

After college he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving on active duty from 1961 to 1964, including a 13 month tour in the Orient as an infantry platoon commander.

On his return home from the Games in Tokyo and after several years as a news reporter, he earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1971 and practiced law in Lapeer, Michigan for 34 years – still finding time to race in a coxed four in veterans’ regattas around the world.

Born and raised in Michigan, he lives on the family farm with his wife, Christina.

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