The Olympic Odyssey: Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games [NOOK Book]

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The Olympic Odyssey takes the reader on a mythic journey from the ancient to the modern Games, telling tales of gods, athletes, and coaches in all their splendid pageantry. But their fabled gold medals are only half the story. Author and life-long athlete Phil Cousineau's real fascination is for what Olympian Jesse Owens called the athlete's "inner life," the mysterious source of the drive, deeper than the one to win, to excel for an ideal beyond the self - transcending gender, race, nationality, and perhaps even...
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The Olympic Odyssey: Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games

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Overview

The Olympic Odyssey takes the reader on a mythic journey from the ancient to the modern Games, telling tales of gods, athletes, and coaches in all their splendid pageantry. But their fabled gold medals are only half the story. Author and life-long athlete Phil Cousineau's real fascination is for what Olympian Jesse Owens called the athlete's "inner life," the mysterious source of the drive, deeper than the one to win, to excel for an ideal beyond the self - transcending gender, race, nationality, and perhaps even the line between the human and the divine.

To explore this territory, Cousineau interweaves mythology, religion, and sports history, quoting from Homer to Whitman, Jim Thorpe to Babe Didrikson, and Yeats to Yogi Berra. His exuberant call to revive the ancient Greek ideal of integrating body, mind, and spirit reminds us that the Games provide marvelous metaphors for how to go about any venture: with passion and compassion, focus and fairness, and a sense for the sacred play at the heart of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835630771
  • Publisher: Quest Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 257
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Olympic Spirit - The Secret Strength of the Great Games 1
Ch. 1 The Mythic Origins - The Spirit of Place and the Soul of Sports 23
Ch. 2 Gods, Games, and Guts - The Roots of Agony and Ecstasy 45
Ch. 3 The Sacred Festival - Celebration of the Contest 75
Ch. 4 The Struggle for Revival and the Passing of the Torch - 1896-1980 105
Ch. 5 The Fiery Pursuit of Excellence - 1980-2000 163
Ch. 6 The Philosopher Coach - The Art of Winning Wisely 213
Epilogue: An Olympic Vision for the Future 241
Recommended Reading 250
Index 253
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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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