Chronicle of the Olympics (Updated Edition)

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Capturing the human drama played out over a century of Olympic Games, this comprehensive historical sports reference offers a close-up look at triumphs and disappointments, including coverage of the Atlanta 1996 games as well as a preview of the 1998 and 2000 games. 20,000 first printing.

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Atlanta 1996 marks the centenary of the modern Olympic Games. Featuring more than 750 spectacular photographs by top sports journalists, this book brings to life every Summer and Winter Olympic Games since Athens 1896. Witness the triumphs -- Jesse Owens' four gold medal wins at the 1936 Berlin Games, Mark Spitz winning seven golds at the 1972 Munich Games -- and the disappointments -- Ben Johnson being stripped of his 100-meter gold at the 1988 Seoul Games. Entertaining and nostalgic, Chronicle of the Olympics also features a comprehensive appendix listing the competitive events and medalists since the beginning of the Games.

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The 1996 Olympics in Atlanta will mark the centenary of the modern games, and this lavish volume, with more than 750 photos in color and b&w, is an impressive tribute. Here are the historical background to their founding by French nobleman Pierre de Coubertin and accounts of the summer and winter (the latter founded in 1925) events, from the moving victory of Greek athlete Spiridon Louis in the first marathon in Athens to the 16-day winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994. All the stars of past Olympiads are shown and their exploits detailed. Told by King Gustav in 1908 that he was the world's greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe, ever the democrat, replied, "Thanks, King." The 1924 games saw the first swimming victory of future cinematic Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller, an American; in the winter games the following year, Norwegian Sonja Henie, another future movie star, debuted in the ice rink. In 1936, African American runner-jumper Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the controversial Nazi-hosted games in Berlin; in 1972, American swimmer Mark Spitz took an unprecedented seven golds in the midst of a Palestinian terrorist attack in Munich. This book, too, deserves a gold.
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