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The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Chinese, Paperback): Llewelyn Pritchard The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Chinese, Paperback)
Llewelyn Pritchard
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August The Olympic Park was later re-named "The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park" to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.] Chinese Edition]

From Stoke Mandeville to Sochi - A History of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games (Paperback): Ian Brittain From Stoke Mandeville to Sochi - A History of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games (Paperback)
Ian Brittain
R917 R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Save R210 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics - No More Rainbows (Hardcover, New): Helen Jefferson Lenskyj Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics - No More Rainbows (Hardcover, New)
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj
R1,784 R1,666 Discovery Miles 16 660 Save R118 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book examines Russia's 2013 anti-gay laws and their implications for the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Lenskyj argues that Putin's Russia and the International Olympic Committee wield power in similar ways, as evident in undemocratic governance, fraudulent voting processes, hypocrisy and absence of accountability.

The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Russian, Paperback): Llewelyn Pritchard The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Russian, Paperback)
Llewelyn Pritchard
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park East London 5 August. A day in the life of the Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium Including Men's 100 metre Olympic Gold medal Usain Bolt 09.63 seconds. The Olympic Games in Pictures, Olympic Park, East London 5 August 2012 consists of 58 colour photographs with captions including Usain Bolt in Men's 100m final, Australia v Canada women's basketball, iconic buildings, views of London from The Orbit, Games Helpers, Olympic and Paralympic values seen in action...F.R.E.D.I.C.E. Friendships, Respect, Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Courage, Equality] and not forgetting the sheer fun, excitement and entertainment of it all The Olympic Park was later re-named 'The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park' to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.] Russian Edition]

The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Finnish, Paperback): Llewelyn Pritchard The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Finnish, Paperback)
Llewelyn Pritchard
R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Javanese, Paperback): Llewelyn Pritchard The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Javanese, Paperback)
Llewelyn Pritchard
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A day in the life of the Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium including Men's 100 metre Olympic Gold medal Usain Bolt 09.63 seconds. The Olympic Games in Pictures, Olympic Park, East London 5 August 2012 consists of 58 colour photographs with captions including Usain Bolt in Men's 100m final, Australia v Canada women's basketball, iconic buildings, views of London from The Orbit, Games Helpers, Olympic and Paralympic values seen in action...F.R.E.D.I.C.E. Friendships, Respect, Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Courage, Equality] and not forgetting the sheer fun, excitement and entertainment of it all The Olympic Park was later re-named 'The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park' to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.] Javanese Edition]

The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Spanish, Paperback): Llewelyn Pritchard The Olympic Games in Pictures London 2012 Olympic Park, East London 5 August (Spanish, Paperback)
Llewelyn Pritchard
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Los Juegos Olimpico s en Imagenes, el Parque Olimpico, East London 05 de Agosto 2012. El Parque Olimpico fue mas tarde rebautizada como "El Parque Queen Elizabeth Olimpico " para conmemorar el Jubileo de Diamante de la reina Isabel II.]

Gymnastics - Skills & Drills for the Level 1, 2 & 3 Coach & Gymnast (Paperback, Competitive 1-3): Rita Brown Gymnastics - Skills & Drills for the Level 1, 2 & 3 Coach & Gymnast (Paperback, Competitive 1-3)
Rita Brown
R1,061 Discovery Miles 10 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The GYMCERT Skills & Drills for the Level 1, 2 & 3 Coach & Gymnast covers most aspects of gymnastics elements needed for the level 1, 2 & 3 competitive gymnast and coach. Gain a better understanding of how to prepare your gymnast's for compulsory competitions. Would you like to have an edge for your compulsory competitive team members? GYMCERT's new Skills and Drills for the Level 1, 2 & 3 Coach and Gymnast is an excellent reference for suggesting alternate: lead-up skills; drills; coaching and spotting tips; and, safety notes for each skill presented. Techniques, drills, and complementary skill guidelines are provided to make the training of each skill as specific to the individual gymnast's needs as possible. In addition, conditioning exercises along with progressive variations for many of the skills are provided. As an added benefit, basic dance preparation guidelines and techniques for teaching and improving dance elements is included along with the Floor and Beam sections. To help with planning, suggested guidelines for developing a training schedule for the competitive season along with skill and strength tracking forms to monitor the progress of each gymnast are included in this book. Every gymnastics coach and gymnast will want to add this book to his or her personal gymnastics library. Online courses sold separately.

Gymnastics - Level 5 Skills & Drills for the Coach and Gymnast (Paperback): Rita Brown, Rik Feeney Gymnastics - Level 5 Skills & Drills for the Coach and Gymnast (Paperback)
Rita Brown, Rik Feeney
R1,064 Discovery Miles 10 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The GYMCERT Skills & Drills for the Level 5 Coach & Gymnast covers most aspects of gymnastics elements needed for the level 5 competitive gymnast. Gain a better understanding of how to prepare your gymnast's for compulsory competition. Would you like to have an edge for your compulsory competitive team members? GYMCERT's new Skills and Drills for the Coach and Gymnast is an excellent reference for suggesting alternate: lead-up skills; drills; coaching and spotting tips; and, safety notes for each skill presented. Techniques, drills, and complementary skill guidelines are provided to make the training of each skill as specific to the individual gymnast's needs as possible. In addition, conditioning exercises along with progressive variations for many of the skills are provided. As an added benefit, basic dance preparation guidelines and techniques for teaching and improving dance elements is included along with the Floor and Beam sections. To help with planning, suggested guidelines for developing a training schedule for the competitive season along with skill and strength tracking forms to monitor the progress of each gymnast are included in this book. Every gymnastics coach will want to add this book to his or her personal gymnastics library. Online course sold separately.

Gymnastics - Level 4 Skills & Drills for the Coach and Gymnast (Paperback): Rita Brown, Rik Feeney Gymnastics - Level 4 Skills & Drills for the Coach and Gymnast (Paperback)
Rita Brown, Rik Feeney
R1,063 Discovery Miles 10 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The GYMCERT Skills & Drills for the Level 4 Coach & Gymnast covers most aspects of gymnastics elements needed for the level 4 competitive gymnast. Gain a better understanding of how to prepare your gymnast's for compulsory competition. Would you like to have an edge for your compulsory competitive team members? GYMCERT's new Skills and Drills for the Coach and Gymnast is an excellent reference for suggesting alternate: lead-up skills; drills; coaching and spotting tips; and, safety notes for each skill presented. Techniques, drills, and complementary skill guidelines are provided to make the training of each skill as specific to the individual gymnast's needs as possible. In addition, conditioning exercises along with progressive variations for many of the skills are provided. As an added benefit, basic dance preparation guidelines and techniques for teaching and improving dance elements is included along with the Floor and Beam sections. To help with planning, suggested guidelines for developing a training schedule for the competitive season along with skill and strength tracking forms to monitor the progress of each gymnast are included in this book. Every gymnastics coach will want to add this book to his or her personal gymnastics library. Online course sold separately.

Lost Olympics (Paperback): Ian Hugh McAllister Lost Olympics (Paperback)
Ian Hugh McAllister
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a true story. What is the ultimate price of success? In 1924, swimming superstar Hilda James was a dead cert for the British Team at the Paris Olympics. Her family had other ideas. This is the account of a World Champion who suddenly found that her ultimate challenge was to pull her life back together after her dream was cruelly shattered forever. Hilda wasn't about to bow down to anybody and broke away, finally achieving full emancipation. A social history of life in South Liverpool plus the story of Parkgate Baths on The Wirral provide the early background for this extraordinary book. The final chapters are set against the backdrop of life as a celebrity crewmember aboard Cunard's first purpose built cruise liner, Carinthia.

From Tears To Cheers (Paperback): Phil Thomas From Tears To Cheers (Paperback)
Phil Thomas
R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A British female hockey players journey to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Can it be achieved.

Born Out of Wenlock - William Penny Brookes and the British Origins of the Modern Olympics (Paperback): Catherine Beale Born Out of Wenlock - William Penny Brookes and the British Origins of the Modern Olympics (Paperback)
Catherine Beale
R368 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R47 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title presents gripping story chronicling the history of the Wenlock Olympian Games, the pre-cursor to the modern Olympics. It includes a detailed Athletes Biographies section, listing every competitor that took part between 1850-95. It also includes a fascinating captioned picture section of vintage photographs. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, London Mayor Boris Johnson memorably said of London 2012 that 'Ping-Pong is coming home'. In fact, he might justifiably have said that 'the modern Olympic movement is coming home'. In 1850, Shropshire doctor William Penny Brookes began Olympian Games for the 'moral, physical and intellectual improvement' of the local population of Wenlock Borough. Within a decade he had donated a prize for athletics in Athens and was urging the Greeks to revive their ancient Games. He had also begun agitating for physical education to be compulsory at primary schools in England, an effort he sustained until the measure was finally passed in 1894. Brookes, with help from John Hulley of Liverpool and Ernst Ravenstein of London, staged Britain's first National Olympian Games at the Crystal Palace in 1866. W.G. Grace won the 440yd hurdles while simultaneously playing cricket for England at the Oval. Wenlock's annual games became an important focus for the growing band of men developing sport in Britain, but Brookes's egalitarian views on sport - that it should embrace all classes - temporarily fell foul of amateur exclusivity. In 1890, Baron Pierre de Coubertin travelled to Much Wenlock, met Brookes and watched the Wenlock Olympian Games. Within two years, Coubertin had decided to revive Olympic Games as an international sporting championship, and in 1896, the first of the IOC's Olympic Games were held in Athens. Brookes died just 17 weeks short of seeing international Olympic Games become a reality. In this engaging and lively account, Catherine Beale tells the story of the Wenlock Olympian Games, considers their influence on the modern Olympics, and shows why Coubertin, though he failed fully to credit Brookes's contribution to the movement, concluded that 'The Wenlock people alone have preserved and followed the true Olympian traditions'.

Recordando MIS Programas de Entrenamiento - Carrera Ciclismo Triatlon Natacion (English, Spanish, Hardcover): Gpe Mauricio... Recordando MIS Programas de Entrenamiento - Carrera Ciclismo Triatlon Natacion (English, Spanish, Hardcover)
Gpe Mauricio Carre Campos
R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

La gran lecci n de vida que recibi "Mauri," al notificarle su m dico ur logo que ten a c ncer de pr stata y sobrevivir a una cirug a complicada que lo mantuvo en convalecencia por m?'s de 2 meses, lo motiv a meditar sobre la necesidad de escribir sus experiencias deportivas como corredor, ciclista y atleta "m ster," aport ndolas mediante los programas de entrenamiento que utiliz, para ganar competencias de ciclismo, triatlones ol mpicos, medios Iron Man, un tercer lugar en el Iron Man y destacadas participaciones en innumerables carreras pedestres desde 5km. hasta el marat n. Sin duda servir como una gu a para aquellos que quieran disfrutar de cualquiera de estos deportes sin importar su edad, adem?'s sepan que con la adquisici n de este ejempla, contribuyen con un granito de arena con los ni os que padecen c ncer y son tratados en el Centro Estatal de Cancerolog a Dr. Miguel Dorantes Mesa en Xalapa, Veracruz.

OLYMPIC WIT - 800 Funny Quotes About the Olympic Games (Paperback): Colin M. Jarman OLYMPIC WIT - 800 Funny Quotes About the Olympic Games (Paperback)
Colin M. Jarman
R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The "OLYMPIC WIT quotes book - 800 Humorous Quotations about the Olympic Games" delivers the Swiftest, Highest and Strongest collection of comical quips and comments ever compiled about the world's greatest sporting event. This light-hearted volume contains witty wisecracks, outrageous observations and tongue-in-cheek thoughts - from athletes, coaches, commentators, sports writers, comedians, humorists, politicians, and more - on all areas of the Olympic Games... ... from Ancient to Modern ... from Summer to Winter ... from Ali to Zatopek ... from Archery to Yachting ... from Athens 1896 to London 2012 The diverse content covers all Modern Olympic Games (1896 - 2012) as well as amusing references to the Ancient Games. "Olympic Wit" also includes famous and infamous Olympians, Olympic Nations, Olympic Sports and Events, Alternative Olympic Events, Olympic Fixtures (inc. Ceremonies, Mascots, Medals, Mottoes, Stadium, Torches, Villages, etc.) and Olympic Themes (inc. Age, Cheating, Clothing, Commercialism, Drugs, Food & Drink, Politics, Sex, TV, Weather, Winning & Losing, etc.) This unofficial publication also includes fun-packed reviews of Olympic-based movies and TV shows, Olympic Jokes and an appendix of 'serious' quotations about the Olympic Games. Published to celebrate London 2012, "Olympic Wit" is a timeless and treasured testimony to the lighter side of the Greatest Show on Earth, and rightfully can be regarded as the "Greatest Show of Mirth "

Modern Pentathlon - A Centenary History 1912-2012 (Paperback): Andy Archibald Modern Pentathlon - A Centenary History 1912-2012 (Paperback)
Andy Archibald
R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On an August evening in 2012, crowds of eager fans will witness the conclusion of the Modern Pentathlon competition in Greenwich Park's Olympic stadium. The sport has been the ultimate test of the best all round sportsman in the Olympic Games for exactly one hundred years. Great Britain is the only country in the world to have been represented at every Olympic competition. In Modern Pentathlon - a Centenary History', Andy Archibald tracks the changes in a sport dreamed up by Olympic founder, Baron de Coubertin, from its military origins to the sport for the superfit it is today.

The Boy with Two Heads (Paperback): J. M. Newsome The Boy with Two Heads (Paperback)
J. M. Newsome
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 432 BC they think Themis is dead. Suzanne is drawn through thousands of years to keep him alive. Will his destiny be death or glory at Olympia? Will she regain control of her life in the present, or will her mind be occupied forever by the past? This is a time-slip novel set in Ancient Greece and present day Northern England. Themis is a charismatic young athlete whose chief ambition is to compete in the Boys Games of 432 BC. Suzanne is a feisty young girl with a complicated family life who also seeks athletic fame. When they both meet with a terrible accident, in exactly the same spot, their lives and minds become inextricably mixed across the millennia.

The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories (Paperback): Les Woodland The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories (Paperback)
Les Woodland
R480 Discovery Miles 4 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) is the motto of the International Olympic Committee. After reading Les Woodland's "The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories" the reader might wonder if the motto should be Sillier, Loonier, Crazier. There is the gentle rower who was winning his race when he stopped his scull to avoid scattering a mother duck and her ducklings-we'll let your read the book to find out how he did-and the American socialites who showed up for a golf game in Paris and accidentally ended up in the Olympic golf contest. There was so much confusion that year they never learned one of them had become Olympic champion. Oh, and the men's Olympic golf champion had actually journeyed to Paris to play tennis.Shooting live pigeons was an event in the 1900 Olympics, but there's no mention today of the competition out of embarrassment over the 300 dead and maimed birds that revulsed the spectators. We can't forget the Jamaican bobsled team nor the Russian KGB colonel who rigged the scoring in fencing and managed to create an international incident. They are all in "The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories," along with dozens more athletes who managed to attain fame they would rather not have earned.In addition to the 50 stories of competitors behaving badly, or at least oddly, Les Woodland has sprinkled collections of interesting and sometimes improbable Olympics facts throughout, making "The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories" fun from cover to cover.As the author of 26 books, Les Woodland knows how to tell a story and here he's in fine form. Join him in his trip to the crazy side of sports.

Sailing Gold - Great Moments in Olympic Sailing History (Paperback): Mark Chisnell Sailing Gold - Great Moments in Olympic Sailing History (Paperback)
Mark Chisnell 1
R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This gorgeous photographic coffee table book reflects the entire history of Olympic sailing, with spectacular photographs celebrating heroes such as Paul Elvstrom and Ben Ainslie, fabulous locations, legendary classes - and the never-ending struggle of an Olympic sailor to make his mark. Sections cover: - An overview of the three eras of Olympic sailing (early years and yachting; modern dinghy racing and Elvstrom; the new professional era and Ainslie) - Origins - how sailing came to be in the Olympics - The struggle - training, teamwork, trials, selection, hope and heart-aching near misses - Legendary classes and boat designers - those that made an enduring impact - The new era - including the 49er, Laser, 470 and Europe, enabling fast and furious sailing - Fabulous locations - including Mexico, Montreal, Sydney, Athens and China - Icons, gold and glory - celebrating great Olympians, whose titanic struggles, outstanding achievements and logic-defying victories live on in the popular memory and add to the 'draw' of the Olympic legacy Featuring awe-inspiring images from the best sailing photographers in the world, each with an enlightening and entertaining commentary, this stunning book is a true celebration of this amazing sport through the years.

Paralympic Legacies (Paperback, New): David Legg, Keith Gilbert Paralympic Legacies (Paperback, New)
David Legg, Keith Gilbert
R909 R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Save R210 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Legacy remains one of the most important issues relating to multisport mega-events across the globe and it could be argued that the development of legacy is one of the most urgent imperatives in elite sport. In this regard the Paralympics is no exception to the quest for long term legacy; however, little in the way of documentation appears to be forthcoming from the International Paralympic community in this regard. This book reviews the concept of legacy across previous Paralympic Games by providing a series of chapters under the headings of 'The Paralympic Legacy Debate', 'Paralympic City Legacies', 'Emerging Issues of Paralympic Legacy' and 'Reconceptualising Paralympic Legacies'. The issues arising are discussed in terms of a meta-analysis of the author's work and offer interesting ideas which if taken up by the International Paralympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, Bid Committees, OCOG's and major sports could change the face of Paralympic legacy towards the positive forever.

The Sport of Olympic-Style Weightlifting (Paperback): Carl Miller The Sport of Olympic-Style Weightlifting (Paperback)
Carl Miller
R661 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R143 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book consolidates Carl Miller's extensive knowledge gained while pursuing his life's work in Olympic-style weightlifting. There are scientific principles behind Olympic-style weightlifting, and Miller's 50 years of lifting, researching and coaching provide valuable insight into the process of Olympic lifting. Whether you are an advanced lifter or a novice, Miller equips you with the tools to become a champion, even if it's in your own mind. For those lifters with the desire to compete, Carl's book will inspire you to immerse your body and mind in the intricacies required to be a winner. Miller's success as a young weightlifter led him to a long and unique career coaching weightlifting, fitness and nutrition to elite athletes in the 1960s and 1970s, and later he spread his message about the benefits of weight training to a wider audience. As Coaching Coordinator for the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team, Miller put into practice many methods and techniques he gleaned from studying successful international lifting programs. The U.S. Olympic weightlifting team under head coach Tommy Kono won a record number of Olympic medals using assistant Olympic coach Carl Miller's coaching system. He gathered the best lifters in the country, had the best coaches in the sport, and introduced new lifting techniques to elevate the U.S. lifters to contenders. Carl Miller has dedicated himself to analyzing and tweaking the techniques of Olympic lifting. During the 1970s, in addition to his duties with the Olympic team, he was a National coach, World coach, elementary school teacher and vice principal. As a teacher and vice principal Miller developed physical conditioning programs for the kids in his school. During his 30 years, and still counting, as founder and co-owner of Carl & Sandra's Physical Conditioning Center, lifters seek out Carl, his son Shane and staff for Olympic-style training. Carl & Sandra's Conditioning Center stands apart from other gyms because Carl Miller's philosophy revolved around the benefits of weight training long before it became popular. He weaves the hundreds of tiny components of Olympic-style weightlifting into beneficial fitness programs for gym members with a wide variety of profiles, and at the same time, his Conditioning Center trains a team of nationally competitive masters Olympic weightlifters. "The Sport of Olympic-Style Weightlifting" provides the athlete with a comprehensive review of the critical elements that mold a champion. Winning isn't simply about lifting technique, eating the right food or visualizing lifts. You will discover the importance of body levers and the nuances of adjusting for your own unique body measurements, you will learn the finer points of planning the different phases of your training, you will be enthralled with the diverse programs available to incorporate in your routines, and you will grasp how your mind contributes to your accomplishments at critical points along your trajectory.

Selling The Five Rings - The IOC and the Rise of the Olympic Commercialism (Paperback, Revised ed.): Robert K. Barney Selling The Five Rings - The IOC and the Rise of the Olympic Commercialism (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Robert K. Barney
R598 Discovery Miles 5 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The original scheme for the modern Olympic Games was hatched at an international sports conference at the Sorbonne in June 1894. At the time, few provisions were made for the financial underwriting of the project--providence and the beneficence of host cities would somehow take care of the costs. For much of the first century of modern Olympic history, this was the case, until the advent of television and corporate sponsorship transformed that idealism.

Now, linking with the five-ring logo is good business. Advertising during the Olympic Games guarantees a global audience unmatched in size by any other sports audience in the world. However, if the image begins to tarnish and the corporate sector loses interest, television companies can't sell advertising to business interests. This was the greatest threat posed by the scandal surrounding Salt Lake City's bid.

"Selling the Five Rings" outlines the rise of the Olympic movement from an envisioned instrument of peace and brotherhood, to a transnational commercial giant of imposing power and influence. Using primary source documents such as minutes of the IOC General Sessions, minutes and reports of various IOC sub-committees and commissions concerned with finance, reports of key marketing agencies, and the letters and memoranda written to and by the major figures in Olympic history, the authors track the history of a fascinating global institution.

Gold, Silver and Green - The Irish Olympic Journey, 1896-1924 (Hardcover): Kevin McCarthy Gold, Silver and Green - The Irish Olympic Journey, 1896-1924 (Hardcover)
Kevin McCarthy
R986 R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Save R65 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The book focuses on the Irish and Irish diasporal involvement in the Olympic Games. It discusses in detail the sporting involvement but, even more so, the political and national battles which accompanied the Irish Olympic journey prior to independence. It challenges our traditional perceptions of sporting nationalism and places the Irish story in a quite unique international context, showing how decisions made in London, Lausanne and New York had a profound impact on the Irish sporting, and national, destiny. This book is the product of six years of research across Ireland, London, New York and Switzerland. It seeks to shed light on the half-known story of Irish involvement in the Olympic Games prior to independence. The research has unearthed a huge amount of information, most of it previously unpublished. Few people will have known that hurling and Gaelic football formed part of an Olympic Games, or that Ireland competed as a separate nation in events like bicycle polo and hockey long before independence. The author traces the story of Irish and Irish American Olympic involvement from its accidental beginnings in 1896 through to the very significant political issues which dominated Irish sports, and our Olympic aspirations in the early 20th century. He has traced the role played by the Olympic Games in the evolution of a national identity in Ireland, and in the emergence of Irish America as a major sporting and political force in the USA. Political figures from Arthur Griffith, Roger Casement and John Devoy are all entwined in the Irish Olympic story. The work highlights the divisions and complexities within Irish sport, as well as the significant influence of the British Olympic Association as a barrier to Irish recognition at the Games. It charts the political intrigue behind the scenes in London and Lausanne as Ireland sought Olympic recognition after the 1921 Treaty. Most of all, this work highlights the magnificent achievements of the sportsmen, and one woman, who originated in the main from rural Ireland and won substantial Olympic success in throwing and jumping events, the Marathon, tennis, and other events.

John Apostal Lucas - Teacher, Sport Historian, and One Who Lived His Life Earnestly. A Collection of Articles and Essays with... John Apostal Lucas - Teacher, Sport Historian, and One Who Lived His Life Earnestly. A Collection of Articles and Essays with an Autobiographical Sketch (Hardcover)
John Apostal Lucas
R1,134 Discovery Miles 11 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

John Lucas has dedicated his nearly half-century of academic life at Penn State University to researching and writing about his first love of sport, track and field, and the Olympics. He has attended every Summer Olympics since the 1960 Rome Games and has written several books, including 'Future of the Olympic Games.' From his over 200 monographs and articles, Lucas has selected a score of his articles written since 1953 for this anthology. They cover the range of his academic interests. (Hardcover) "In 1962, six years before I first met him, John Lucas defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Maryland on "Pierre de Coubertin and the Formative Years of the Modern Olympic Movement." Almost a half century later, following 8 books and some 250 scholarly articles on Olympic history, comes this book, "The Best of John Lucas," compiled by the world's doyen of seriously researched, thoroughly documented, and passionately written Olympic history. As I have done, enjoy " (Dr. Robert Barney, founder of OLYMPICA: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OLYMPIC STUDIES and past-president of the North American Society for Sport History.)

Contemporary Studies in the National Olympic Games Movement (Paperback): Roland Naul Contemporary Studies in the National Olympic Games Movement (Paperback)
Roland Naul
R1,232 R1,077 Discovery Miles 10 770 Save R155 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

National Olympic Games were more closely connected with the Ancient Greek ideal than the modern international Olympic Games of de Coubertin. Moreover, such national or regional Olympic Games have not only been precursors for the international Olympic Games but also they have been further developed parallel with the international Olympic Movement - even in the 20th century, in Europe, in North and South America and in Asia. In the emerging nation states of Europe, both before as well as after the turn of the century, these national Olympic Games had a more important function (identity-forming) than the Olympic Games.

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