How to Watch the Olympics: The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport

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Overview

The must-have guide to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Next summer, millions of Americans will tune into the Olympic Games, the largest and most popular sporting event in the world. Yet while it's easy to be fascinated by agile gymnasts, poised equestrians, and perfectly synchronized swimmers, few of us know the real width of a balance beam, the intricate regulations of dressage, or the origin of those crowd-pleasing legs-in-the-air swimming formations. Luckily, David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton have created this utterly thorough and always fun guide to the rules, strategy, and history of each sport. With witty, detailed descriptions and clever illustrations, How to Watch the Olympics will help anyone grasp handball, archery, wrestling, fencing, and every other Olympic event like a true pro.

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Every Olympic year, millions of Americans receive refresher courses in exciting sports about which we know all too little. The Games of the XXX Olympiad (also as known as the 2112 Summer Olympics) begin that all-too-rapid tutorial in London on July 27th. In its 384 pages, How to Watch the Olympics functions as an entertaining one-stop tutorial on everything you need to know or want to know about the 26 sports and 300+ events; from archery and badminton to swimming, artistic gymnastics, and mountain biking. Browse it; buy it; impress your friends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143121879
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,407,604
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Goldblatt is the author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer, as well as a regular sports columnist and commentator for BBC Radio.

Johnny Acton is a writer specializing in obscure nuggets of information—ranging from pickling food (Preserved ) to the history of balloons (The Man Who Touched the Sky).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    For each sport, this book tells us: over what dates the competit

    For each sport, this book tells us: over what dates the competition will take place this year, how many athletes will be competing, how many gold medals will be awarded, the history of when the sport first became an Olympic event, current contenders, summary of past champions, why we should watch this particular sport, and a short history of the sport itself. It goes on to explain the basics of the sport, including information about any equipment, dimensions of the court or field or such, and how scoring or judging works. It then goes into a description of the finer points of the sport, often including diagrams. I am so glad I found this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Greatly recommended

    Excellent book. Informative, humorous and a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    ggbfxdg

    why get the book when you can google everything about it instead, or just watch it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Mom tracy

    Great book

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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