The Encyclopedia of the Winter Olympicsby John Wukovits
The Olympi: Games began as a tribute to the ancient Greek gods who, it was believed, endowed humans with speed and endurance. From the first Olympiad in 776 B.C., which consisted of a single event, the nodern games have grown to include more than 270 events in 26 sports. The Winter Olympic Games currently attract nearly 2,000 athletes and millions of spectators worldwide. How did such phenomenal growth occur? In this book you will read about the ancient contests and learn how a single individual revived the spirit of the games and organized the modern Olympics. You will meet the athletes whose names live in Winter Olympic history. You may know some of these people already -- Bonnie Blair, Jean-Claude Killy, Picabo Street, and Katarina Wi:t. You will get to know these and other champions. The Encyclopedia of the Winter Olympics will guide you through the rules, equipment, and techniques of the events. Filled with exciting full-color photographs, statistics, ard stories, the book provides a fascinating glimpse of what many consider to be the greatest of all athletic contests.
Meet the Author
JOHN K. WUKOVITS is a military expert specializing in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He is the author of many books, including Eisenhower: A Biography; One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa; and American Commando: Evans Carlson, His WWII Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission. He has also written numerous articles for such publications as WWII History, Naval History, and World War II. He lives in Trenton, Michigan.
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Rating: 88% Although this book is intended for skimming and reading parts that appeal to the reader, The Encyclopedia of the Winter Olympics is still a marvelous compilation of information and professional photography that is sure to fascinate any reader.