The Encyclopedia of the Summer OlympicsBook - 2003
The Olympic Games began in Greece in 776 B.C., when athletes and spectators gathered to honor their gods. That first Olympiad consisted of a single event -- a footrace. Since that time, athletes have often come together to determine who is the fastest, the strongest, and the best in the world. From a single footrace, the Summer Olympics have grown to include nearly 400 events in 35 sports. The Summer Olympic Games attract over 10,000 participants from almost 200 countries, as well as millions of spectators from around the globe. How did one race grow into such a worldwide phenomenon? The Encyclopedia of The Summer Olympics discusses the ancient contests and describes how one man rekindled the Olympic spirit and organized the modern games. You will read about the athletes whose names live in Summer Olympic history, such as Jesse Owens, Nadia Comaneci, and Greg Louganis. These champions are just a few of the many athletes whose triumphs will interest and inspire you. The Encyclopedia of The Summer Olympics will be your guide, taking you through the rules, equipment, and techniques of each sport. Exciting full-color photographs, statistics, and stories await you. The book provides a fascinating look at what many consider the greatest of all athletic contests. Book jacket.
Publisher: Sydney : 2003
Branch Call Number: JNF 796.48 FISC
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
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