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Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement

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The Olympic Games are one of the most watched sporting events on the planet. It has made world-famous celebrities out of its most successful athletes, including Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, Nadia Com?neci, Apolo Anton Ohno, Bruce Jenner, Kerri Strug, Nancy Kerrigan, and Usain Bolt. But the term "Olympic Movement" is foreign to all but devoted followers of the Olympics. Basically, the Olympic Movement is an attempt to bring all the nations of the world together in a series of multi-sport festivals, and ...

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Overview

The Olympic Games are one of the most watched sporting events on the planet. It has made world-famous celebrities out of its most successful athletes, including Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, Nadia Comăneci, Apolo Anton Ohno, Bruce Jenner, Kerri Strug, Nancy Kerrigan, and Usain Bolt. But the term "Olympic Movement" is foreign to all but devoted followers of the Olympics. Basically, the Olympic Movement is an attempt to bring all the nations of the world together in a series of multi-sport festivals, and it seeks to use sport as a means to promote internationalism and peace. The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Olympics presents a comprehensive history of the games from the first recorded history of the games in 776 B.C. to the present day. This is done through a chronology, forewords by Dan Jansen and Mike Krzyzewski, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, photos, and over 900 cross-referenced dictionary entries covering the history, philosophy, and politics of the Olympics and, of course, the medal winners. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Olympics.

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Editorial Reviews

Sports Collectors Digest
The authors of this book make it easy for anyone to understand the history of the Olympic movement whether that person is an athlete or a non-athlete. It is true, as pointed out in another foreward article, that the Olympics are the most watched sporting events in the world. This book provides a means for people who may only be casual observers of the Games to learn about the history of the Games and of the larger Olympic Movement. The authors exhibit a commitment to detail and to history. They convey a sense of the passion and determination of Olympic athletes down through the years....Like any book of this type...it is...designed for a coffee table or for a reference shelf in a home, office or library. The authors clearly want to provide a single book that can encompass the history and facts surrounding the Olympic Movement. They succeed nicely in this effort.
Booklist
Building on earlier editions, the fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement stretches back to 1100 BCE and reaches forward to 2016. Containing more than 900 entries on people, places, ideas, and politics, it is a comprehensive single-volume overview of the Olympic movement. Lists of acronyms and abbreviations of countries, sports, and other terms used are helpful. Also provided is a detailed chronology. An essay entitled “The Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games” provides concise summaries of each of the games, starting in 1896 and ending with a discussion of the future games in 2016, while the introduction provides a nice overview of the politics of the Olympics. The entries are arranged alphabetically and range from brief paragraphs to longer essays and are concise and accessible to all readers. Cross-referencing is extensive. The valuable appendixes include lists of the International Olympic Committee presidents and Olympic torchbearers as well as statistics on medals won and Olympic appearances. There is also a list of all positive drug tests and a chronology of attempts to revive the Olympics prior to 1896. A detailed bibliography is also included in the volume. As the introduction points out, the Olympics are the “most watched sporting event on the planet,” so libraries would do well to consider this updated title either in hard copy or as an e-book.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This dictionary is well written and thorough. Tables and lists, which are easy to read, accompany the text. Several black-and-white pictures, representing a variety of individuals and Olympic sports, are included. Brief informative descriptions accompany the pictures. The authors have successfully combined their extensive Olympic knowledge to produce a well-written and extremely comprehensive text. Individuals that are interested in any aspect of the Olympics are likely to find this text to be informative.
Reference Reviews
The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement is an excellent reference work. It will enlighten both the specialist and the interested member of the public or sports fan. Students of various ages will benefit from it and no library should be without a copy.
American Reference Books Annual
This dictionary is well written and thorough. Tables and lists, which are easy to read, accompany the text. Several black-and-white pictures, representing a variety of individuals and Olympic sports, are included. Brief informative descriptions accompany the pictures. The authors have successfully combined their extensive Olympic knowledge to produce a well-written and extremely comprehensive text. Individuals that are interested in any aspect of the Olympics are likely to find this text to be informative.
Library Journal
Mallon, who edited previous editions of this work, and Heijmans, a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians, provide a 60-page opening segment with a brief synopsis of each of the modern Olympic Games, listing where each was held, other cities that competed for the honor, and the course of that particular Olympics. Making up the bulk of the book, the A-to-Z listing describes competitive events and their histories, biographies of selected athletes, organizational leaders, participating and host countries, and others who have contributed to the events. Biographical entries include birth and death information and a brief history of their involvement in the games or behind the scenes. Article length varies from a few sentences to three pages. Although many famous athletes are listed, space constraints limit how many; readers may find that their favorite athlete has not been included. While the book focuses primarily on modern-era games, limited attention is also paid to the ancient Greek competitions; several entries explain the differences between the ancient and the modern games. Appendixes compile statistics on, for example, the number of medals won by each country, positive drug tests, and torch bearers. While the authors strive for impartiality, their affinity for Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps is noticeable. BOTTOM LINE Researchers in both academic and public libraries will find this a useful starting point for Olympic information. Buy it if your budget permits.—James Langan, Univ. of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Lib.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—For help with all the questions that will be generated by Olympic events occurring this summer, Mallon's revision of the 2005 edition offers more than 900 brief entries on Olympic committees, the history and politics of the organization as a whole, and the athletes who have competed. Charts, appendixes, and the extensive bibliography have all been updated. It is worth noting, however, that those seeking to supplement the previous edition or other recent works can use the Olympic website or databases to find new names, statistics, and events from the past four years in Beijing and Vancouver.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810872493
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Sports Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 622
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Mallon, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon who is in his second career, as he previously played for four years (1976-79) on the U.S. PGA Tour. During his golf career, he won over 40 tournaments, both amateur and professional. For his contributions to the Olympic Movement, he was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver in 2001, and he has previously co-authored three editions of the Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement for Scarecrow Press. Jeroen Heijmans is an information technology professional from the Netherlands. He has written extensively about the Olympic Games on the Dutch sports history site Sportgeschiedenis.nl and is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians.

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Foreword by Jon Woronoff
Foreword by Dan Jansen
Foreword by Mike Krzyzewski
Preface
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Chronology of the Olympic Movement
Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games
Introduction
THE DICTIONARY
Appendix I: Presidents of the IOC
Appendix II: The Games of the Olympiads
Appendix III: The Olympic Winter Games
Appendix IV: Members of the IOC
Appendix V: Awards of the IOC
Appendix VI: Final Olympic Torch Bearers
Appendix VII: Speakers of the Olympic Oath
Appendix VIII: Official Openings of the Olympic Games
Appendix IX: Most Olympic Medals Won, Summer, Men
Appendix X: Most Olympic Medals Won, Summer, Women
Appendix XI: Most Olympic Gold Medals Won, Summer, Men
Appendix XII: Most Olympic Gold Medals Won, Summer, Women
Appendix XIII: Most Olympic Medals Won, Winter, Men
Appendix XIV: Most Olympic Medals Won, Winter, Women
Appendix XV: Most Olympic Gold Medals Won, Winter, Men
Appendix XVI: Most Olympic Gold Medals Won, Winter, Women
Appendix XVII: Most Appearances, Summer, Men
Appendix XVIII: Most Appearances, Summer, Women
Appendix XIX: Most Appearances: Winter, Men
Appendix XX: Most Appearances: Winter, Women
Appendix XXI: Positive Drug Tests at the Olympic Games
Appendix XXII: Attempts at Olympic Revival Prior to 1896
Bibliography
About the Authors

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