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  • A Lifetime of Training for Just Ten Secondsby Richard Witt

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 12.99

    'I hope the Romanian doesn't get through, because I can't pronounce her bloody name.' Allegedly from David Coleman, British radio and TV commentator, at one of his many Olympic coverages, when he thought he was off air. A Lifetime of Training for Just 10 Seconds is a collection of quotations from Olympic athletes, eyewitnesses and commentators... more...

  • The Secret Olympianby ANON

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 11.99

    The vast majority of us can only dream of being an Olympic-level athlete - but we have no real idea of what that means. Here, for the first time, in all its shocking, funny and downright bizarre glory, is the truth of the Olympic experience. It is an unimaginable world: the kitting-out ceremony with its 35kg of team clothing per athlete the pre-Olympic... more...

  • The Youth Olympic Gamesby Dag Vidar Hanstad; Milena M. Parent; Barrie Houlihan

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    The first summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) were held in Singapore in 2010 and the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012. The IOC hopes that the YOG will encourage young people to be more active and that they will bring the Olympic movement closer to its original founding values. This is the first book to be published on the Youth... more...

  • Podiumby Ben Oakley

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 16.99

    What does it really take to make the podium? Which of the biological, environmental and psychological factors really shape a champion's route to the top? To answer these questions, Ben Oakley has taken the original step of combining existing research with a study of leading athletes' autobiographies. Looking at the early histories and initial... more...

  • The Amateursby David Halberstam

    Open Road Media 2012; US$ 9.99

    Halberstam?s suspenseful and inspirational bestselling story of the four amateur rowers who put everything on the line to represent the United States in the 1984 Olympics In 1984, rowing was a sport continually relegated to the margins, far from the spotlights attracted by other Olympic events. That year, four men went head-to-head for the... more...

  • Disability in the Global Sport Arenaby Jill M. Le Clair

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    Sport is often at the centre of battles for rights to inclusion linked to class, race and gender, and this book explores struggles centred on disability in different cultural settings in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. It challenges oversights and assumptions about the ?normal? body, and describes how individual and organizational... more...

  • Olympism: The Global Visionby Boria Majumdar; Sandra Collins

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    The collection starts from the premise that Olympism and the Olympic Games make sense only when they are placed within the broader national, colonial and post colonial contexts and argues that sport not only influences politics and vice-versa, but that the two are inseparable. Sport is not only political; it is politics. It is also culture and art.... more...

  • Forty Years of Sport and Social Change, 1968-2008by Russell Field; Bruce Kidd

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    1968 was a year of protest in civil society (Prague, Paris, Chicago) and a year of protest in sport. After a world-wide campaign, the anti-apartheid movement succeeded in barring South Africa from the Olympic Games, while US athletes from the Olympic Project for Human Rights used the medals podium to decry the racism of North America. Meanwhile, students... more...

  • Sport in the Cultures of the Ancient Worldby Zinon Papakonstantinou

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    Sport has been practised in the Greco-Roman world at least since the second millennium BC. It was socially integrated and was practised in the context of ceremonial performances, physical education and established local and international competitions including, most famously, the Olympic Games. In recent years, the continuous re-assessment of old... more...

  • Beijing 2008: Preparing for Gloryby J.A. Mangan; Dong Jinxia

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    Beijing 2008: Preparing for Glory - Chinese Challenge in the 'Chinese Century' brings together international scholars with an interest in sport and politics and sinologists with an interest in China - past, present and future - to explore global reaction to the Beijing Olympics - China's anticipated moment of glory on the world stage. The Beijing... more...