The Olympic Games brings together thousands of athletes, competing in over 40 sports, and representing over 200 nations. But that is just the surface, for none of this would be possible without the constant efforts of an incredible organization consisting of tens of thousands of sports lovers united in sports associations, National Olympic Committees, and the International Olympic Committee. The third edition of this fascinating book deals with both levels of the competition - the competitive side and the administrative side. The dictionary includes hundreds of entries on the major sports, more outstanding athletes, participating countries and numerous bodies in the organization as well as successive generations of officials - starting with the founder, Pierre de Coubertin. But that is not all. Two chronologies trace the history of the Olympic movement back to the Ancient Olympiad first celebrated in Greece in 776 B.C. as well as all of the modern Games up to Athens in 2004. The appendixes then provide elusive facts on the Games, the officials, the torchbearers, and the top Olympic medal winners. A bibliography is included to allow further research. Reviews of the Previous Edition: "Buchanan and Mallon provide comprehensive, clearly written, and well-organized historical information about the Olympic movement. Highly recommended." -Choice "...most useful for quick lookups and is the only one to have most information on individual athletes" -Reference Books Bulletin
This reference provides scholars and general readers quick access to information on both competitive and administrative aspects of the Olympic movement. It features hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries on the major sports, outstanding athletes, and participating countries involved in the Games. Others describe various bodies within the International Olympic Committee as well as successive generations of officials. Supplemental materials include two chronologies, statistical tables (most gold medals won, etc.), and an extensive introduction. Mallon is the author of more than 20 books on the Olympic Games.
...public and academic libraries will want this standard reference in order to keep current with the Olympic movement.
Bill Mallon is an orthopedic surgeon, whose life-long interest in the Olympic Games became a second career. This is his 21st book on the Olympic Games. He is a founding member and Past-President of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) and edits the Olympic Gold Data Retrieval System. He was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver in 2001 for his contributions to the Olympic Movement. Ian Buchanan is a founding member, an honorary member, and the first president of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH), a member of the British Olympic Association, the British Society of Sports History, and the Association of Track & Field Statisticians. He was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver in 1997 for his contributions to the Olympic Movement.
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 4 Chronology of the Olympic Movement Part 5 Chronology of the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games Part 6 Introduction Part 7 THE DICTIONARY Part 8 Appendixes Chapter 9 A. Presidents of the International Olympic Committee Chapter 10 B. The Games of the Olympiads: Sites, Dates, Nations, and Athletes Chapter 11 C. The Olympic Winter Games: Sites, Dates, Nations, and Athletes Chapter 12 D. Members of the International Olympic Committee Chapter 13 E. Awards of the International Olympic Committee Chapter 14 F. Final Olympic Torchbearers within the Olympic Stadium Chapter 15 G. Speakers of the Olympic Oath Chapter 16 H. Official Openings of the Olympic Games Chapter 17 I. Most Olympic Medals Won: Summer, Men Chapter 18 J. Most Olympic Medals Won: Summer, Women Chapter 19 K. Most Olympic Gold Medals Won: Summer, Men Chapter 20 L. Most Olympic Gold Medals Won: Summer, Women Chapter 21 M. Most Olympic Medals Won: Winter, Men Chapter 22 N. Most Olympic Medals Won: Winter, Women Chapter 23 O. Most Olympic Gold Medals Won: Winter, Men Chapter 24 P. Most Olympic Gold Medals Won: Winter, Women Chapter 25 Q. Positive Drug Tests at the Olympic Games Chapter 26 R. Attempts at Olympic Revival Prior to 1896 Part 27 Bibliography Part 28 About the Authors