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Hugely informative, entertaining and practical, Olympics is the definitive guide to the biggest international event in any sphere, not just sporting. This gloriously illustrated book covers comprehensively every aspect of the summer games, including their history, the bidding process, the Olympic village, training, qualifying, and the Olympic nightmare of drug-taking and cheating. A major part of the book focuses on the events themselves - from explosive sprints on the athletics track to the grace and balance of gymnastic events, from the precision of shooting and fencing to the energy-sapping multi-sports events of triathlon and decathlon. These sections, illustrated with stunning digital artwork, truly capture the exhilaration of competing at the pinnacle of world sport Throughout the book, special spreads celebrate the great summer Olympics of the last century, from the first truly standardized games in Stockholm, in 1912, to the record-breaking competition of Sydney 2000. A section on Olympic achievements brings to life the great rivalries down the years, and honours those competitors who fought back from injury, illness or massive disadvantage to shine on the world stage. Oly
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Product details

  • Hardback | 80 pages
  • 223 x 282mm | 649g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • col. Illustrations, ports (chiefly col.)
  • 0753409100
  • 9780753409107

About Clive Giffore

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author who has written hundreds of articles and over 40 books. For Kingfisher, Clive's titles include Football - The ultimate guide to the beautiful game, The Kingfisher Book of Living Worlds and How the Future Began - Machines. Clive lives in Manchester, England.
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Table of contents

1 Title; 2-3 Copyright And Contents; Section 1 Introduction; 4-5 The Greatest Show On Earth; 6-7 From Ancient To Modern; 8-9 Old And New Events; 10-11 The Great Olympics - Stockholm, 1912; Section 2 The Olympic Dream; 12-13 Holding The World's Biggest Event; 14-15 Going For Gold; 16-17 The Team Behind The Scenes; 18-19 Olympic Nightmare - Drugs And Cheating; 20-21 The Great Olympics - Berlin, 1936; Section 3 Athletics; 22-23 The Sprints; 24-25 Middle-Distance Running; 26-27 Long-Distance Events; 28-29 Hurdles And Relay; 30-31 Long Jump And Triple Jump; 32-33 High Jump And Pole Vault; 34-35 Shot Put And Hammer; 36-37 Discus And Jevelin; 38-39 Multi-Sports Events; 40-41 The Great Olympics - Mexico, 1968; Section 4 In And Out Of Water; 42-43 Swimming; 44-45 Diving, Water Polo And Synchronized Swimming; 46-47 Rowing, Sailing And Canoe / Kayak; 48-49 The Great Olympics - Seoul, 1988; Section 5 Precision, Strength And Combat Sports; 50-51 Archery, Shooting And Fencing; 52-53 Wrestling, Weightlifting And Boxing; 54-55 Judo And Taekwondo; 56-57 Gymnastics; 58-59 The Great Olympics - Barcelona, 1992; Section 6 Cycling, Equestrian, Ball And Racquet Sports; 60-61 Tennis, Badminton And Table Tennis; 62-63 Basketball, Baseball, Softball And Field Hockey; 64-65 Soccer, Handball And Volleyball; 66-67 Cycling; 68-69 Equestrian Events; 70-71 The Great Olympics - Sydney, 2000; Section 7 Olympic Achievements; 72-73 Olympic Rivalries; 74-75 Against The Odds; 76-77 Olympic Facts And Figures / Strange But True / Memorable Moments; 78-79 Glossary And Websites; 80 Index
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