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Victoria Pendleton

09 Sep 2012 19:49

Interesting interview in the Guardian. I always thought of her as an 'emotional' person but did not realise the sort of severe behaviour going on in private.

Watching the SKY documentary it is easy to laugh at all the 'Inner Chimp' stuff (I doubt I could buy into it) but it seems that it had a huge impact on her. Be interesting if she ever goes back to being involved in cycling. I suspect not.

Anyone else thinking of buying her biography?

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10 Sep 2012 02:52

Link please?
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10 Sep 2012 02:55

Master50 wrote:Link please?


Does not show up that well but just click on 'interview' below.

Don't be late Pedro wrote:Interesting interview in the Guardian.
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10 Sep 2012 09:49

Mad as a bag of ferrets.
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10 Sep 2012 15:36

User Guide wrote:Mad as a bag of ferrets.


Lol, I think `like a bag of ferrets' was a term used by P.G. Wodehouse to describe the pert bottom of a sexy young lady in one of his Jeeves and Wooster novels! Still I think it works just as well for Pendleton.
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User Guide wrote:Mad as a bag of ferrets.

I always found her pretty endearing but then again she is pretty cute and I am pretty shallow.

Seems like she is going on Strictly Come Dancing

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11 Sep 2012 12:13

Those abs :eek: :cool:
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15 Sep 2012 12:17

has anyone read her book? worth picking up? hopefully, it has a centerfold...:)
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Yeah, had a look at the book

19 Sep 2012 07:34

It's an interesting read.

It's certainly not your anodyne sporting biography - she paints a not very flattering picture of a number of people, including family members and some well-known people in cycling, and she admits to some quite dark times.

It's also a good insight into the sausage factory that Olympic sport has become, one that as a parent you'd hesitate to let your child get involved in.

But all in all there are plenty of worse ways to spend a few hours and a few bucks.
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19 Sep 2012 07:50

rgmerk wrote:It's an interesting read.

It's certainly not your anodyne sporting biography - she paints a not very flattering picture of a number of people, including family members and some well-known people in cycling, and she admits to some quite dark times.

It's also a good insight into the sausage factory that Olympic sport has become, one that as a parent you'd hesitate to let your child get involved in.

But all in all there are plenty of worse ways to spend a few hours and a few bucks.

Thanks for the overview. From interviews and a documentary it seems that her competitive cycling really grew out of trying to compete for the attention of her dad. I assume it goes into much more detail about this in the book?

One thing I did watch that was very telling (to me at least) was an interview with her dad. He was at his house where there is Vicky's first track world cup jersey signed and on display. I expected him to say how proud he was about her but he started talking about how he wished he had won it. Perhaps I am reading too much into it but it struck me as rather odd.
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21 Sep 2012 10:25

Bella Bathurst doesn't quite get Pendleton's autobiog http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/21/victoria-pendleton-between-lines-review

Surprised, given that Bathurst has a rather daft belief that pro cycling can't exist without suffering.

BTW, rather than being the rush job Bathurst suggests it is, the book has been in the works since before Beijing (was announced alongside Hoy's autobiog) and much of it was completed before London Games.
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22 Oct 2012 14:32

There is something rather narcissitic about Pendleton Sr; and in a slightly modified form one might even say it has been passed on. If anything the father seems, well...resentful...of Victoria's success - not only does he wish he'd done it himself, but he's actually a bit peeved she turned out to be better than him. Very odd man, and not terribly likable.
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23 Feb 2013 14:40

Don't be late Pedro wrote:Interesting interview in the Guardian. I always thought of her as an 'emotional' person but did not realise the sort of severe behaviour going on in private.

Watching the SKY documentary it is easy to laugh at all the 'Inner Chimp' stuff (I doubt I could buy into it) but it seems that it had a huge impact on her. Be interesting if she ever goes back to being involved in cycling. I suspect not.

Anyone else thinking of buying her biography?

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I think people are naive about Miss Pendleton. Those running BC are practically a cult with all the horrors that entails - some of which comes out in her biography in a round about way (self-harm not excluded), but it is almost certainly one sided.
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23 Feb 2013 16:30

martinvickers wrote:There is something rather narcissitic about Pendleton Sr; and in a slightly modified form one might even say it has been passed on. If anything the father seems, well...resentful...of Victoria's success - not only does he wish he'd done it himself, but he's actually a bit peeved she turned out to be better than him. Very odd man, and not terribly likable.


I always used to find her a little odd and slightly annoying. Since she's retired and opened up about her background, it begins to make a bit more sense

After an understandly nervy start, she's settling in well as a pundit for the BBC. Much more engaging and informative than most of them
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horsinabout wrote:I think people are naive about Miss Pendleton. Those running BC have no emotional intelligence and are practically a cult with all the horrors that entails - some of which comes out in her biography in a round about way (self-harm not excluded), but it is almost certainly one sided.


It is rather easy to forget, in the midst of VP's complaining about the maelstrom, that some people rather enjoy that maelstrom, even thrive on it - and VP is pretty obviously one of those. Only really happy when at the centre of a tornado.
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23 Feb 2013 16:55

postmanhat wrote:I always used to find her a little odd and slightly annoying. Since she's retired and opened up about her background, it begins to make a bit more sense

After an understandly nervy start, she's settling in well as a pundit for the BBC. Much more engaging and informative than most of them


Engaging is kind of VP's modus operandi, Postmanhat. At the risk of sexist condecension, she comes across of someone constantly demanding the affection/attention of others - which almost certainly goes back to Daddy - and she is therefore and thereby a perfect fit for TV.
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martinvickers wrote:Engaging is kind of VP's modus operandi, Postmanhat. At the risk of sexist condecension, she comes across of someone constantly demanding the affection/attention of others - which almost certainly goes back to Daddy - and she is therefore and thereby a perfect fit for TV.


Agree here, center of attentioni is the narcasstic feed with VP.

As for being good on TV, well she has come across to me as very vain. You only had to watch Strictly, when she pis*ed off Louis Smith, in fact she out and out depressed him. Reason why? most likely she could'nt compete (two left feet) and be center of attention and they all new it on that show.

There is no sexism ins saying this stuff about VP.
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25 Feb 2013 22:25

Maybe I'm buying into her 'journey' too much, or some of you lot are too cycnical? Think she is a lot more relaxed these days and did enjoy her contributions to the BBC's coverage.

Also playing the 'not sexist' card, but she's pretty much guaranteed to become a fixture as a pundit. Possibly even moving trackside?
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