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Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics

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This companion volume to the highly acclaimed Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics follows the stunning visual format of the first book to capture the heroics of the Winter Olympics. From the unlikely Jamaican bobsled team to the unforgettable U.S.S.R. vs. U.S.A. hockey clash at Lake Placid, all the legends of great winter sports are recalled, including stars of skiing, bobsledding, ice skating and even snowboarding.

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Overview

This companion volume to the highly acclaimed Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics follows the stunning visual format of the first book to capture the heroics of the Winter Olympics. From the unlikely Jamaican bobsled team to the unforgettable U.S.S.R. vs. U.S.A. hockey clash at Lake Placid, all the legends of great winter sports are recalled, including stars of skiing, bobsledding, ice skating and even snowboarding.

The book recounts the triumph and tragedy that has enthralled the world since the Winter Olympics were launched in Chamonix in 1924: from Eric Heiden's 1980 five gold medal haul to the horror of the 1961 plane crash that claimed 18 members of the U.S. figure skating team.

Freeze Frame features spectacular photo galleries in addition to a superb map of Winter Olympic sites, an insight into the coverage of new extreme Olympic sports, and a complete Winter Olympic Almanac, which includes quick reference information on each Olympiad.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The tone for this book is set in the foreword by Olympic gold medalist ice skater Peggy Fleming and is carried through the author's introduction and subsequent text. Fleming addresses the pressures she felt and the confidence she gained that has carried her throughout her life. Macy focuses on the history, the athletes and the unusual events that have occurred since the first Winter Olympics was held in 1924. Readers will learn about the weather issues that can still disrupt events, the debates over amateur status, scandals that have occurred, and the incredible feats of many amazing athletes such as Sonja Henie, Eric Heiden, Jean-Claude Killy, the 1980 US hockey team, and the influence of extreme sports on the newest events. Each of her chapters considers a different topic. The appendix is full of information that includes a world map showing the locations, dates, and a summary of each Olympics, with a picture of the official poster next to it. Clear and eye-catching color and vintage black-and-white action photos provide faces for the names in the text and awesome perspectives. An occasional two-page spread brings the reader into the sport and the era, but its placement has a tendency to jar the reader out of the text. However, it is easy enough to get back into it. Clear and succinct in how the Winter Olympics has evolved, this title also includes the new events for 2006. 2006, National Geographic, Ages 9 to 14.
—Sharon Salluzzo
VOYA
With the excitement of the Winter Olympics fresh in readers' minds, this timely book will answer any questions piqued by the Games. Supported by the exceptional photography that one has come to expect from this publisher and with an inspiring foreword by Peggy Fleming, the book takes the reader through the history of the Olympic Games. It includes the heroes and superstars, the conflicts between athletes, the weather problems that plagued many of the venues, and the sports themselves, from figure skating to snowboarding and everything in between. Fantastic black-and-white photos of eleven-year-old Sonja Henie competing in her first Olympics to the vivid color shots of Apolo Anton Ohno leading the pack at the men's 1,000 meter short track speedskating illustrate the scope of this work. A most informative section called Olympic Almanac is located at the end of the book. It gives a thumbnail account of the highlights of the Olympic Games starting in 1908 through 2010. Chock full of information and brilliant photographs, this book certainly deserves a gold medal. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, National Geographic, 96p.; Index. Photos. Source Notes. Chronology., Ages 11 to 18.
—Kathie Fitch
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-This book on the games and the past participants and their performances from the beginning at Chamonix, France in 1924 to the present has spectacular photographs and clear, captivating prose. It presents a carefully researched history along with the triumphs and tragedies of the participants and can be enjoyed for the photographs (small action shots to full spreads), the stories of individual accomplishments, or the snapshot highlights of each of the games. The vivid color and black-and-white illustrations depict the joy and intensity of the athletes. A map showing the location of the games, charts of facts about winners, and an annotated bibliography of book and Web sites support the information. A foreword by Peggy Fleming and a detailed index add to the appeal and usefulness of the book.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792278870
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 1/24/2006
  • Series: National Geographic Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 11.29 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Macy lives in Englewood, NJ. She is the award-winning author of Winning Ways: A Photohistory of American Women in Sports and A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Both were named ALA Best Books of Young Adults and NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies.
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