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Simon & Schuster is promoting a new book by New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse about the town of Norwich and its preponderance of Olympians. Below, see the video for Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence.

“You can create Norwich anywhere,” Crouse says, around the 1:05 mark. “It involves really a shift in values in some cases, from a very bottom-line results oriented model to developing the whole person.”

Hm. That is one take. Here is another, in the form of a book review by Brianne Goodspeed, who lives one town south in Hartford and considers some of the other factors that give Norwich a leg up in creating and nurturing world-class athletes. (Hint: It’s money.)