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  • Bearing Light: Flame Relays and the Struggle for the Olympic Movementby John J. Macaloon

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 145.00

    This extended ethnological research offers a rare case study of continuity and change in the Olympic torch relay, a leading transnational and trans-cultural ritual form. This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society . 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 Armchair Olympianby Phil Ascough

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2012; US$ 8.99

    Billed as the greatest sporting show on earth, the Olympic Games have produced countless memorable stories of achievement and endurance since entering the "modern" era in 1896. The major sports take a back seat - some of them long gone from the schedule - as sports fans discover new heroes excelling in obscure events that intrigue. The Games deliver... more...

  • 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 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...

  • Course Correctionby Ginny Gilder

    Beacon Press 2015; US$ 26.95

    Wild meets The Boys in the Boat , a memoir about the quest for Olympic gold and the triumph of love over fear   Ginny Gilder grew up in an era where girls mostly sat on the sidelines?as observers and cheerleaders, not competitors and champions. Raised in a family where business acumen was treasured as the ultimate trophy, she toed the line... 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...