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Disability, the Media and the Paralympic Games (Hardcover): Carolyn Jackson-Brown Disability, the Media and the Paralympic Games (Hardcover)
Carolyn Jackson-Brown
R3,250 Discovery Miles 32 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book focuses on the ground-breaking coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games by the UK's publicly owned but commercially funded Channel 4 network, coverage which seemed to deliver a transformational shift in attitudes towards people with disabilities. It sheds important new light on our understanding of media production and its complex interactions with sport and wider society. Drawing on political economy and cultural studies, the book explores why and how a marginalised group was brought into the mainstream by the media, and the key influencing factors and decision-making processes. Featuring interviews with key people involved in the television and digital production structures, as well as organisational archives, it helps us to understand the interplay between creativity and commerce, between editorial and marketing workflows, and about the making of meaning. The book also looks at coverage of the Rio Paralympics, and ahead to the Tokyo Games, and at changing global perceptions of disability through sport. This is fascinating reading for any advanced students, researchers, or sport management or media professionals looking to better understand the media production process or the significance of sport and disability in wider society.

The Dirtiest Race in History - Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final (Paperback): Richard Moore The Dirtiest Race in History - Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final (Paperback)
Richard Moore 1
R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The 1988 Seoul Olympics played host to what has been described by some as the dirtiest race of all time, by others as the greatest. The final of the men's 100 metres at those Olympics is certainly the most infamous in the history of athletics, and more indelibly etched into the consciousness of the sport, the Olympics, and a global audience of millions, than any other athletics event before or since. Ben Johnson's world-record time of 9.79 seconds - as thrilling as it was - was the beginning rather than the end of the story. Following the race, Johnson tested positive, news that generated as many - if not more - shockwaves as his fastest ever run. He was stripped of the title, Lewis was awarded the gold medal, Linford Christie the silver and Calvin Smith the bronze. More than two decades on, the story still hadn't ended. In 1999 Lewis was named Sportsman of the Century by the IOC, and Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated. Yet his reputation was damaged by revelations that he too used performance-enhancing drugs, and tested positive prior to the Seoul Olympics. Christie also tested positive in Seoul but his explanation, that the banned substance had been in ginseng tea, was accepted. Smith, now a lecturer in English literature at a Florida university, was the only athlete in the top five whose reputation remains unblemished - the others all tested positive at some stage in their careers. Containing remarkable new revelations, this book uses witness interviews - with Johnson, Lewis and Smith among others - to reconstruct the build-up to the race, the race itself, and the fallout when news of Johnson's positive test broke and he was forced into hiding. It also examines the rivalry of the two favourites going into it, and puts the race in a historical context, examining its continuing relevance on the sport today, where every new record elicits scepticism.

Wobbles - An Olympic Story (Paperback): Nadine Neumann Wobbles - An Olympic Story (Paperback)
Nadine Neumann
R565 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R86 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. WOBBLES spans the physical, psychological and spiritual growth of an athlete from childhood into her stature as a fierce, Olympic competitor. When Nadine Neumann decides that she wants to be an Olympic swimmer at age eight, she trades a normal life of school friends and parties for the rigors of elite sports training. With acute honesty, wisdom and humour, Nadine spins readers through the heartaches and loneliness of a different kind of adolescence. Enduring and overcoming Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a life-threatening accident and imposed breaks from her passion, Nadine pursues her dream as only an Olympian can--with the rarest of intensity and focus. Sweeping from Perth to Germany, India to Sydney, Brisbane to Hong Kong, the reader is invited along this journey of a remarkable young woman who stops at nothing to achieve her goals.

U.S. Army Olympic Equestrian Competitions 1912-1948 (Hardcover): Robert D Thompson U.S. Army Olympic Equestrian Competitions 1912-1948 (Hardcover)
Robert D Thompson
R1,375 R1,007 Discovery Miles 10 070 Save R368 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

United States Army Olympic equestrian competitions have been largely overlooked in historical writings. This book tells the stories of the triumphs, the contributions, and the failures of the U.S. Army Olympians, and also captures the humor and good times as well as the drama and disappointments of the U.S. Army Olympians from the 1912 Games in Stockholm, to the 1948 Games in London. The stories are rich in detail, and include the controversial 1936 Summer Games held in Berlin, Germany. Many personal vignettes as told by team members enhance the story.

The Finest Gold - The Making of an Olympic Swimmer (Paperback): Brad Cooper The Finest Gold - The Making of an Olympic Swimmer (Paperback)
Brad Cooper
R451 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R83 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sevens Heaven - The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji's Olympic Dream: WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019... Sevens Heaven - The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji's Olympic Dream: WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 (Paperback)
Ben Ryan 1
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 'Brutally honest . . . A moving, candid tale of a coach taking the plunge with a rugby ball as his only buoyancy aid' DAILY EXPRESS 'An engrossing account of a remarkable story' EVENING STANDARD 'An excellent read covering a brilliant journey' Sir Clive Woodward It is late summer 2013. Ben Ryan, a red-haired, 40-something, spectacle-wearing Englishman, is given 20 minutes to decide whether he wants to coach Fiji's rugby sevens team, with the aim of taking them to the nation's first-ever Olympic medal. He has never been to Fiji. There has been no discussion of contracts or salary. But he knows that no one plays rugby like the men from these isolated Pacific islands, just as no one plays football like the kids from the Brazilian favelas, or no one runs as fast as the boys and girls from Jamaica's boondocks. He knows too that no other rugby nation has so little - no money and no resources, only basic equipment and a long, sad history of losing its most gifted players to richer, greedier nations. Ryan says yes. And with that simple word he sets in motion an extraordinary journey that will encompass witchdoctors and rugby-obsessed prime ministers, sun-smeared dawns and devastating cyclones, intense friendships and bitter rows, phone taps and wild nationwide parties. It will end in Rio with a performance that not only wins Olympic gold but reaches fresh heights for rugby union and makes Ben and his 12 players living legends back home.

Team GB Victorious - Rio 2016 - Team GB's Greatest Olympics (Paperback): Press Association Sport Team GB Victorious - Rio 2016 - Team GB's Greatest Olympics (Paperback)
Press Association Sport; Foreword by Sebastian Coe; Contributions by Team GB 1
R429 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R94 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rio 2016 was, for Team GB, a success like no other Olympic Games. Apart from the 1908 London Games (22 nations competed in 110 events across 22 sports and only 37 of the 2,008 competitors - 676 British - were women), these were the most successful ever for Team GB, with 67 medals won, two more than at London 2012. This pictorial celebration of British sporting success recalls all the glorious moments, whether it be reasserting GB's dominance - in the Velodrome - or breaking new ground - in women's hockey. But there were almost as many outstanding achievements which resulted in silver and bronze medals and these are also covered in depth. Sport by sport, Team GB: Victorious tells how the medals were won, the key moments and tells some of the amazing stories of dedication, bravery, determination and heroism displayed by medals winners. The fantastic summer of sport in 2016 will live long in the memory, but when it fades, this book will bring those glorious moments back to vivid and spectacular life.

India and the Olympics (Hardcover, New): Boria Majumdar, Nalin Mehta India and the Olympics (Hardcover, New)
Boria Majumdar, Nalin Mehta
R3,237 Discovery Miles 32 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In most accounts of Olympic history across the world, India's Olympic journey is a mere footnote. This book is a corrective. Drawing on newly available and hitherto unused archival sources, it demonstrates that India was an important strategic outpost in the Olympic movement that started as a global phenomenon at the turn of the twentieth century. Among the questions the authors answer are: When and how did the Olympic ideology take root in India? Who were the early players and why did they appropriate Olympic sport to further their political ambitions? What explains India's eight consecutive gold medals in Olympic men s hockey between 1928 and 1956 and what altered the situation drastically, so much so that the team failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games? India and the Olympics also explores why the Indian elite became obsessed with the Olympic ideal at the turn of the twentieth century and how this obsession relates to India's quest for a national and international identity. It conclusively validates the contention that the essence of Olympism does not reside in medals won, records broken or television rights sold as ends in themselves. Particularly for India, the Olympic movement, including the relevant records and statistics, is important because it provides a unique prism to understand the complex evolution of modern Indian society.

China's Great Leap - The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Paperback): Minky Worden China's Great Leap - The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Paperback)
Minky Worden
R320 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R62 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of essays from the world's leading authorities on China and human rights examining the country as it battles with the pressures brought by the 2008 Olympics.

Circus Maximus - The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Professor... Circus Maximus - The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Professor Andrew Zimbalist
R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Author Andrew Zimbalist looks beyond the headlines of two of the world's most beloved sporting events: the Olympics and the World Cup. In the expanded and updated edition of his bestselling book, Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, Zimbalist tackles the bogus claim that the cities chosen to host these high-profile sporting events experience an economic windfall. He now takes aim at the outrageous FIFA scandal, Boston's bid for the 2024 summer Olympics, and the criticism surrounding the 2015 Women's World Cup. Circus Maximus focuses on major cities like London and Barcelona that have previously hosted these sporting events to provide context for cities like Tokyo and Rio de Janerio, which are currently bearing the weight of exploding expenses, corruption, and protests. Zimbalist offers a sobering look at the Olympics and the World Cup outside of the echo chamber.

The Bone Cage (Paperback): Angie Abdou The Bone Cage (Paperback)
Angie Abdou
R500 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R180 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Digger, an 85 kilo wrestler, and Sadie, a 26-year-old speed swimmer, stand on the verge of realizing every athlete' s dream-- winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Both athletes are nearing the end of their athletic careers, and are forced to confront the question: what happens to athletes when their bodies are too old and injured to compete? The blossoming relationship between Digger and Sadie is tested in the all-important months leading up to the Olympics, as intense training schedules, divided loyalties, and unpredicted obstacles take their draining toll. The Olympics, as both of them are painfully aware, will be the realization or the end of a life' s dream. The Bone Cage captures the physicality, sensuality, and euphoric highs of amateur sport, and the darker, cruel side of sport programs that wear athletes down and spit them out at the end of their bloom. With realism and humour, author Angie Abdou captures athletes on the brink of that transition-- the lead-up to that looming redefinition of self-- and explores how people deal with the loss of their dream.

The Hardmen - Legends and Lessons from the Cycling Gods (Paperback): The Velominati The Hardmen - Legends and Lessons from the Cycling Gods (Paperback)
The Velominati
R392 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Secret Olympian - The Inside Story of the Olympic Experience (Paperback): Anon The Secret Olympian - The Inside Story of the Olympic Experience (Paperback)
Anon 1
R254 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The vast majority of us can only dream of being an Olympic-level athlete - but we have no real idea of what that means. Here, for the first time, in all its shocking, funny and downright bizarre glory, is the truth of the Olympic experience. It is an unimaginable world: the kitting-out ceremony with its 35kg of team clothing per athlete the pre-Olympic holding camp with its practical jokes, resentment and fighting, and freaky physiological regimes the politicians' visits with their flirty spouses the vast range of athletes with their odd body shapes and freakish genetics the release post-competion in the Olympic village with all the excessive drinking, eating, partying and sex (not necessarily in that order) the hysteria of homecoming celebrations and the comedown that follows - how do you adjust to life after the Games? The Secret Olympian talks to scores of Olympic athletes - past and present, from Munich 1960 right through to London 2012, including British, American, Australian, Dutch, French, Croatian, German, Canadian and Italian competitors. They all have a tale to tell - and most of those tales would make your eyes pop more than an Olympic weightlifter's.

Beyond the Final Score - The Politics of Sport in Asia (Paperback): Victor D. Cha Beyond the Final Score - The Politics of Sport in Asia (Paperback)
Victor D. Cha
R760 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R166 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Beijing Olympics will be remembered as the largest, most expensive, and most widely watched event of the modern Olympic era. But did China present itself as a responsible host and an emergent international power, much like Japan during the 1964 Tokyo Games and South Korea during the 1988 Seoul Games? Or was Beijing in 2008 more like Berlin in 1936, when Germany took advantage of the global spotlight to promote its political ideology at home and abroad?

"Beyond the Final Score" takes an original look at the 2008 Beijing games within the context of the politics of sport in Asia. Asian athletics are bound up with notions of national identity and nationalism, refracting political intent and the processes of globalization. Sporting events can generate diplomatic breakthroughs (as with the results of Nixon and Mao's "ping-pong diplomacy") or breakdowns (as when an athlete defects to another country). For China, the Beijing Games introduced a liberalizing ethos that its authoritative regime could ignore only at its peril.

Victor D. Cha--former director of Asian affairs for the White House--evaluates Beijing's contention with this pressure considering the intense scrutiny China already faced on issues of counterproliferation, global warming, and free trade. He begins with the arguments that tie Asian sport to international affairs and follows with an explanation of athletics as they relate to identity, diplomacy, and transformation. Enhanced by Cha's remarkable facility with the history and politics of sport, "Beyond the Final Score" is the definitive examination of the events--both good and bad--that took place during the Beijing Olympics.

Inside the Olympic Industry - Power, Politics, and Activism (Paperback): Helen Jefferson Lenskyj Inside the Olympic Industry - Power, Politics, and Activism (Paperback)
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj; Foreword by Varda Burstyn
R722 Discovery Miles 7 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a startling expose of the Olympic industry, Helen Jefferson Lenskyj goes beyond the media hype of international goodwill and spirited competition to uncover a darker side of the global games. She reports on the pre- and post-Olympic impacts from recent host cities, bribery investigations and their outcomes, grassroots resistance movements, and the role of the mass media in the controversy. A highly accessible book about a complex subject that touches the hearts of sports fan everywhere, Inside the Olympic Industry is a must-read, behind-the-scenes look at the politics surrounding the choice of Sydney, Australia as host city of the 2000 Summer Olympic games.

Journey to London - Grades 1 to 3 (Paperback): Griffin Publishing Journey to London - Grades 1 to 3 (Paperback)
Griffin Publishing
R219 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R75 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fun with learning activities related to the people, places, and events of the 27 July 2012 London Olympic Games for teachers and parents with kids in K-3 classes. All lessons in this 8 1/2 by 11 workbook meet appropriate state education standards.

Activism and the Olympics - Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (Paperback): Jules Boykoff Activism and the Olympics - Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (Paperback)
Jules Boykoff
R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Olympics have developed into the world's premier sporting event. They are simultaneously a competitive exhibition and a grand display of cooperation that bring together global cultures on ski slopes, shooting ranges, swimming pools and track ovals. Given their scale in the modern era, the Games are a useful window for better comprehending larger cultural, social and historical processes, argues Jules Boykoff, an academic social scientist and a former Olympic athlete. In Activism and the Olympics, Boykoff provides a critical overview of the Olympic industry and its political opponents in the modern era. After presenting a brief history of Olympic activism, he turns his attention to on-the-ground activism through the lens of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Here we see how anti-Olympic activists deploy a range of approaches to challenge the Olympic machine, from direct action and the seizure of public space to humour-based and online tactics. Drawing on primary evidence from myriad personal interviews with activists, journalists, civil libertarians and Olympics organisers, Boykoff angles in on the Games from numerous vantages and viewpoints. Although modern Olympic authorities have strived - even through the Cold War era - to appear apolitical, Boykoff notes, the Games have always been the site of hotly contested political actions and competing interests. During the last thirty years, as the Olympics became an economic juggernaut, they also generated numerous reactions from groups that have sought to challenge the event's triumphalism and pageantry. The 21st century has seen an increased level of activism across the world, from the Occupy Movement in the United States to the Arab Spring in the Middle East. What does this spike in dissent mean for Olympic activists as they prepare for Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Games and Rio de Janeiro, where the 2016 Summer Olympics will take place?

Olympics History Trivia - Facts and History About Olympics Through Questions and Answer (Paperback): John D'Amico Olympics History Trivia - Facts and History About Olympics Through Questions and Answer (Paperback)
John D'Amico
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Breaking the surface (Paperback): Greg Louganis, Eric Marcus Breaking the surface (Paperback)
Greg Louganis, Eric Marcus
R476 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R35 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a new edition of Greg Louganis's 1995 #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography and Literary Guild Selection. It is the unflinchingly honest first-person account of a man breaking free of a lifetime of silence and isolation.
Born to a young Samoan father and Northern European mother, and adopted at nine months, Greg began diving at age nine, and at sixteen won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. But despite his astonishing athletic skill, Greg struggled with late-detected dyslexia, prejudice toward his dark skin coloring and anguish over his homosexuality, which he felt compelled to hide. Being in the spotlight intensified his difficulties with relationships and substance abuse.
However, Louganis went on to win double gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. His triumph at the 1988 Olympics came several months after he tested positive for HIV. This is the haunting, searingly candid story of the world's greatest diver. This new edition includes a new foreword.

Canadians in the Summer Olympics - Canadaas Athletes, Victories, Records, Controversies, Firsts and Weird Facts (Paperback): J.... Canadians in the Summer Olympics - Canadaas Athletes, Victories, Records, Controversies, Firsts and Weird Facts (Paperback)
J. Alexander Poulton
R361 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R114 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Football Liga - Match Results and Ranking Per Day (Paperback): Yves Kervella Football Liga - Match Results and Ranking Per Day (Paperback)
Yves Kervella
R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Managing the Paralympics (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Simon Darcy, Stephen Frawley, Daryl Adair Managing the Paralympics (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Simon Darcy, Stephen Frawley, Daryl Adair
R2,073 Discovery Miles 20 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book critically examines the planning, management, and operations of the world's premier event for Para sport athletes. Noting a lack of research into how these games are planned and managed, the authors of this contributed volume discuss how the Paralympics are essentially different to the Olympics and what this means for their management. Managing the Paralympics explores how the organizers and connected stakeholders effectively organize and deliver the Paralympics, taking into account what has been learned from previous events. Including emergent models of best practice from event management, project management and sport management literature, the book gives an insight into the planning of one of the world's biggest sporting events that encompasses ten impairment types and multiple sport classes within sports.

Mission Gold - India's Quest for Olympic Glory (Paperback): Sudipta Biswas Mission Gold - India's Quest for Olympic Glory (Paperback)
Sudipta Biswas
R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Skiing (Paperback, illustrated edition): United States Olympic Committee Skiing (Paperback, illustrated edition)
United States Olympic Committee
R83 R61 Discovery Miles 610 Save R22 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title is suitable for children of ages 4 to 8 years. Keep the Olympic spirit alive! Children can learn all about the Winter Olympic Sports and catch the spirit with these highly motivational and fun-to-read Easy Olympic Sports Readers. These colourful and exciting books represent six of the most popular winter sports: Sledding, Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding. With such enticing subjects, beginning readers will visit their favourite sports often while learning how to read.

Speed Skating (Paperback): United States Olympic Committee Speed Skating (Paperback)
United States Olympic Committee
R83 R61 Discovery Miles 610 Save R22 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title is suitable for children of ages 4 to 8 years. Keep the Olympic spirit alive! Children can learn all about the Winter Olympic Sports and catch the spirit with these highly motivational and fun-to-read Easy Olympic Sports Readers. These colourful and exciting books represent six of the most popular winter sports: Sledding, Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding. With such enticing subjects, beginning readers will visit their favourite sports often while learning how to read.

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