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The Olympic Odyssey: Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Many factual inaccuracies!

    I order sports books for the Corona (Calif.) Public Library adult collection and was appalled at the number of factual mistakes that jumped out at me after just a cursory skimming of this book: 1. p. 13, last paragraph: Muhammad Ali did NOT light the Olympic cauldron at the 1992 Barcelona games. He did it at the 1996 Atlanta games. 2. p. 14, caption: same as above PLUS Ali was NOT the Olympic heavyweight champion. He was the lightheavyweight champion. 3. p. 47, top quote: The Tanzanian marathoner's name was NOT Akhwar but AKHWARI (spelling). 4. p. 107, top quote: The 1964 Olympics were in Tokyo, NOT Rome. 5. p. 201, caption: Gebrselassie ran the 10,000 meters, NOT the 1,500. 6. p. 215, caption: Percy Cerutty was an Australian, not a New Zealand, track coach. 7. p. 219, last line: Herb Elliot (book incorrectly spells it 'Eliot') was a 1,500 meter champion, NOT 5,000 meters. 8. p. 220, second paragraph: same as no. 7 What happened with the research and editing? With so many inaccuracies, it's hard to take the book seriously. I'm considering returning it to the publishers. Too bad! I expect many people - including junior high and high school students - to ask for books on the Olympics in 2004, an Olympic year, and this is one book I will definitely NOT recommend to them.

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