Olympics

Encyclopedia of the modern Olympic movement
Greenwood Press, 2004.
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by: Hines, James R.
Figure skating : a history
World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame, c2006.
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by: Milton, Steve.
Figure skating’s greatest stars /
Firefly Books, 2009.
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Grace & glory : a century of women in the Olympics
Triumph Books [distributor], 1996.
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by: Pound, Richard W.
Inside the Olympics : a behind-the-scenes look at the politics, the scandals, and the glory of the games /
J. Wiley & Sons Canada, 2006, c2004.
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by: Gallagher, Liam,
Snowboarding : learning to ride from all-mountain to park and pipe /
Mountaineers Books, 2009.
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by: Spivey, Nigel Jonathan.
The ancient Olympics /
Oxford University Press, 2005.
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View DescriptionThe word “athletics” is derived from the Greek verb “to struggle or to suffer for a prize.” As Nigel Spivey reveals in this engaging account of the Olympics in ancient Greece, “suffer” is putting it mildly. Indeed, the Olympics were not so much a graceful display of Greek beauty as a war fought by other means. Nigel Spivey paints a portrait of the Greek Olympics as they really were–fierce contexts between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assault. Victory was almost worth dying for, the author notes, and a number of athletes did just that. Many more resorted to cheating and bribery. Contested always bitterly and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics were no an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield. The author explores what the events were, the rules for competitors, training and diet, the pervasiveness of cheating and bribery, the prizes on offer, the exclusion of “barbarians,” and protocols on pederasty. He also peels back the mythology surrounding the games today and investigates where our current conception of the Olympics has come from and how the Greek notions of beauty and competitiveness have influenced our modern culture. As a Cambridge classicist and athletics coach, Nigel Spivey is uniquely qualified to write this eye-opening account of the Greek Olympics. Anyone interested in the ancient world or in the Olympic games will be fascinated by this revealing history.
by: Wallechinsky, David,
The complete book of the Winter Olympics /
Aurum, 2009.
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by: Guttmann, Allen.
The Olympics : a history of the modern games
University of Illinois Press, c2002.
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by: Tibballs, Geoff.
The Olympics’ strangest moments : extraordinary but true tales from the history of the Olympic Games /
Robson, c2008.
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by: Judd, Ron C.
The Winter Olympics : an insider’s guide to the legends, the lore, and the game : Vancouver edition /
Mountaineers Books, 2009.
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by: Ohno, Apolo Anton.
Zero regrets : be greater than yesterday /
Atria Books, c2010.
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View Description“Zero regrets. It’s a philosophy not just about sport but about life. School, business, academics, love, anything and everything. It’s complicated and yet not. You have to figure out who it is you want to be. Not what you want to be, who. There has to be a vision, a dream, a plan. Then you chase that with everything you’ve got.” Over three consecutive Olympic games, the author has come to symbolize the very best of the competitive spirit, remaining equally gracious in victory and defeat, always striving to improve his performance, and appreciating the value of the hard work of training as much as any reward it might bring. In this book he shares the inspiring personal story behind his remarkable success, as well as the hard won truths and strategies he has discovered in good times and bad. Raised by his single father, an immigrant from Japan who often worked twelve hour days, the young Apolo found it difficult to balance his enormous natural gifts as an athlete with an admittedly wild, rebellious streak. After making a name for himself as a promising young speed skater, his career was almost over before it began when his lack of preparation caused him to finish last at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1998. A life changing week of solitary soul searching at the age of fifteen led him to recommit himself to his training, and at the 1999 world junior championships he won first place overall, one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sports history. From that moment on, the world of speed skating had a new champion and he was on his way to legendary status. Much more than an account of races won and lost, this work is a compelling portrait of a father and son relationship that deepened over time and was based on respect, love, and unshakable faith in each other. For the first time, Apolo reveals what he knows about his long absent mother; he makes us feel what it is like to face the best competitors on the planet with the eyes of millions of fans upon you; and he shares his secrets for achieving total focus and mental toughness, secrets that can be applied in situations well beyond sports. We learn the details of the unbelievably intense workout and diet that he endured while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, a regime that literally reshaped his body and led to some of his most thrilling victories. In this deeply personal book, Apolo shows how we can all come closer to living with zero regrets. While Apolo’s own journey may be unique, the insights he has gleaned along the way have the power to help us all feel like champions every day.
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