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The Olympics: Athens to Athens 1896-2004 [Hardcover]

Michael Johnson

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2004
Come the summer 2004, audiences around the world will tune in to watch the most thrilling sports competition of all. Celebrate the momentous Athens homecoming of the Olympic summer games with this definitive, official, and breathtakingly illustrated history.

From the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, in partnership with the International Olympic Committee and the French sports paper, L’Equipe, comes a big, beautiful book that captures the glory and the excitement of all 26 Olympic Games. Featuring more than 600 photographs, many previously unpublished, and introductions by Gold Medalist Michael Johnson and the President of the International Olympic Committee, this magnificent volume draws on an unprecedented wealth of material. Look back at the ancient games, and see how they came to life again in 1896. Meet the athletes (such as Jim Thorpe, Johnny Weissmuller, Jesse Owens, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Olga Korbut) who triumphed in the most important arena of all; tour the stadiums where the battles played out; and delve into the drama behind the scenes. A visual treasure, filled with information to increase viewers’ enjoyment of the world’s largest sporting event.

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Celebrating the Olympics’ return to Athens, this colorful and detailed volume—created by the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, France, in partnership with the International Olympic Committee and the French sports newspaper L’Equipe—provides a thorough history of the Games. Drawings, reprints of documents, and photographs (from salvaged black and white images to modern color action photos) illustrate the well-researched text, which describes every Olympics since 1896. International sentiment, historical context and athletic results are all recounted in detail, and notable athletes are highlighted in inspiring profiles. The book includes retellings of such important political events as the triumphs of African-American athletes in the 1936 Berlin Olympics (which "Hitler intended to use … to prove his political and ideological theories" about Aryan superiority), the hostage tragedy at Munich in 1972 and the United States boycott of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. And, of course, there are vivid descriptions of athletic triumphs like Nadia Comaneci’s perfect tens in 1976 and the victories of Carl Lewis in 1984 and Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. This imposing book does justice to the power and emotion of the Olympics.
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'THE OLYMPICS chronicles the modern Olympics, with details on the athletes, locations and sporting triumphs, as well as the politics and terrorism that has occasionally marred the events. Excellent photographs show how the Games (and the athlete's attire) have changed throughout the last century.' DAILY EXPRESS 'This official photographic history of the Olympics contains more or less everything a fan might wish to know or indeed, see, of the history of the Games... lavish... rich visual record... the images are stunning... the word definitive is often inappropriately used, but is, in this case, merited.' THE OBSERVER 'A big colourful history of the Games. The charming early photographs in black and white, show how much both physique and fashion have changed since those early years.' EVENING STANDARD

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1.0 out of 5 stars Summer Olympics Only Aug. 13 2004
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This book covers the Summer Olympics well but does not mention any of the Winter Olympics - at all.

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