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The Greatest Athlete You've Never Heard Of

by Mark Hebscher

Canada's first Olympic gold medalist couldn't walk until he was ten, and became the greatest runner of his generation.

Paralyzed as a child, George Washington Orton eventually recovered, and never slowed down...


52 positive thoughts To Become An Elite Athlete

by Alain Ruiz & Agnès Ruiz

Citius, Altius, Fortius , in other words, "Faster, Higher, Stronger" Positive thoughts are essential to succeed in high-level sport. This guide is there to help you on a daily basis to surpass you, to give...


Tessa and Scott

by Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir & Steve Milton

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the most decorated figure skaters in the history of the sport, and are widely celebrated by peers and fans alike for their superior athleticism, one-of-a-kind partnership, and...


Tigerbelle

by Wyomia Tyus & Elizabeth Terzakis

  • Wyomia Tyus became the first person ever to win gold medals in the 100-meter spring in two consecutive Olympic Games--1964 and 1968.

  • Tigerbelle includes a foreword by MSNBC TV host Joy Read and an afterword by...

  • The Four-Year Olympian

    by Jeremiah Brown

    Improbable, funny, and heart-wrenching, Jeremiah F. Brown’s journey from novice to Olympic rower in under four years is a story about chasing a goal with everything you’ve got.

    After nearly being put behind...


    PUSH

    by Johnny Quinn

    • His Tweet went viral from the 2014 Olympics with images of him busting a hole through a locked bathroom door.
    • Hundreds of millions of media exposures on major TV networks.
    • Actively speaking 100 times per year,...


    Against All Odds

    by P.J. Naworynski

    For readers of The Boys in the Boat, the remarkable story of the unlikely Canadian hockey team that clinched Olympic gold in 1948

    The announcement was shocking—Canada, the birthplace of hockey, would not be...


    Rio 2016

    by Andrew Zimbalist

    A clear-eyed, critical examination of the social, political, and economic costs of hosting the 2016 summer Olympics

    The selection of Rio de Janeiro as the site of the summer 2016 Olympic Games set off jubilant...


    Mega-events and social change

    by Maurice Roche

    The spectacle of major cultural and sporting events can preoccupy modern societies. This book is concerned with contemporary mega-events, like the Olympics and Expos. Using a sociological perspective Roche argues...


    Chasing Grace

    by Sanya Richards-Ross

    “For as long as I can remember, life has been measured in seconds. The fewer, the better.”

    Most people equate success with having more, but Sanya’s quest was always for less. She started running track as...


    SPORTS AND MYSTIFICATION

    by Massimiliano Angelucci

    What really is what we now call “sport”?

    Although ubiquitous, it remains a little-understood phenomenon, and - always above reproach - can enjoy a favorable or otherwise indulgent public opinion.

    However,...


    Walking Tall

    by Rob Heffernan

    Deemed too small for his school Gaelic football team at the age of fourteen, Rob Heffernan took up race walking on a whim. Driven by a fiercely competitive nature and a dogged desire to be the best, he strode...


    Brasil Pelada II :A Visual Guide to the Rio Olympics & Paralympics 2016

    by wesley phillip, adam wickens & Anilda da silva gomes

    This is a smallish book with a big message:

    It gives you the essential information you

    need to safely enjoy the olympics in Brazil.

    Based on many years travelling in Brazil, it is

    an up to date ( 2016) training...


    Forman's Games

    by Lance Forman

    On 6 July 2005, the world held a collective intake of breath as IOC president Jacques Rogge declared: 'The games of the 30th Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the city of … London.'

    Despite the images of jubilant...


    How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete

    by Steve Ingham

    If you are contemplating working with a champion, a potential champion, or anyone with untapped talent - be prepared, be very prepared. In 1998 Sir Steve Redgrave stared at Ingham and demanded to know, “Are...


    Chasing Water

    by Anthony Ervin & Constantine Markides

    “Here Ervin and swim trainer and journalist Markides combine talents to create a biography that is part first-hand narrative by Ervin, with Markides filling in the details and providing context. The formula...


    Golden Lily

    by Lijia Xu

    The fascinating autobiography from Asia’s first ever dinghy sailing gold medallist. Learning to sail and becoming a full-time athlete at just 10 years old, Lijia Xu was taken away from her parents and enrolled...


    Guide to Rio Olympics 2016

    by Prof. Norman Ratcliffe

    Norman Ratcliffe has been a frequent visitor to Rio de Janeiro, arguably Brazil's most iconic city, for over twenty years. In this entertaining and comprehensive guide, he reveals the highs and lows of this...


    Gold in the Water

    by P. H. Mullen, Jr.

    In California, a team of talented young men begin pursuing the most elusive dream in sports, the Olympic Games. The pressure steadily increases as two best friends (a mentor and his protégé) reach the top...


    Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement

    by John Grasso, Bill Mallon & Jeroen Heijmans

    The Olympic Movement began with the Ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Greece on the Peloponnesus peninsula at Olympia, Greece. It is not clear why the Greeks instituted this quadrennial celebration in...