The Olympics' Strangest Moments: Extraordinary but True Tales from the History of the Olympic Games

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The world’s greatest sporting occasion is rife with odd occurrences and unlikely heroes. Witness Dorando Pietri, who missed out on racing gold after being helped over the finish line by over-anxious officials, and Fred Lorz, who crossed the line first at the end of the 1904 marathon but was disqualified after it was discovered that he had hitched a lift in a car.

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The world’s greatest sporting occasion is rife with odd occurrences and unlikely heroes. Witness Dorando Pietri, who missed out on racing gold after being helped over the finish line by over-anxious officials, and Fred Lorz, who crossed the line first at the end of the 1904 marathon but was disqualified after it was discovered that he had hitched a lift in a car.

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Endlessly entertaining, these albums of mad miscellany abound with true tales of history’s strangest characters and events—from potty potentates to dotty inventions. A mind-boggling excursion through the byways of the bizarre.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781861057112
  • Publisher: Anova Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Strangest Series
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
A Leap into the Unknown: Athens, 6 April 1896 1
The First Olympic Marathon: Athens, 10 April 1896 5
The Big Chill: Athens, 11 April 1896 9
Duffey's Disaster: Paris, 14 July 1900 11
Never on a Sunday: Paris, 15 July 1900 14
The Boy Champion: Paris, 26 August 1900 17
The Marathon Impostor: St Louis, 30 August 1904 19
The Man with the Wooden Leg: St Louis, 28 October 1904 24
The Champion Who Never Was: London, 11 July 1908 26
The Jostling Match: London, 23 July 1908 29
The Perils of the Pool: London, 24 July 1908 32
Her Majesty's Pleasure: London, 24 July 1908 34
The Endless Bout: Stockholm, 14 July 1912 41
The Picnic Case: Stockholm, 14 July 1912 43
Lost in the Translation: Antwerp, 16 August 1920 47
Sick as a Guillemot: Antwerp, 20 August 1920 50
The Abandoned Soccer Final: Antwerp, 2 September 1920 53
The American Rugby Champions: Paris, 18 May 1924 55
No Gold for a World Record: Paris, 7 July 1924 59
Nurmi's Historic Double: Paris, 10 July 1924 61
The Brousse-Mallin Affair: Paris, 18 July 1924 65
The Titanic Survivor: Paris, 21 July 1924 68
The First Woman Track Champion: Amsterdam, 31 July 1928 71
The Fairer Sex: Amsterdam, 2 August 1928 74
A Case of Interference: Los Angeles, 5 August 1932 77
The Illegal Jump: Los Angeles, 7 August 1932 82
Peru Pull Out: Berlin, 8 August 1936 87
A Fatal Slip: Berlin, 9 August 1936 90
The Missing Boat: Berlin, 14 August 1936 92
Courage Beyond the Call of Duty: Berlin, 16 August 1936 95
One Lap Short: London, 30 July 1948 97
Changing Hands: London, 4 August 1948 102
Two Unsung Heroes: Helsinki, 26 July 1952 104
Walk Don't Run: Helsinki, 27 July 1952 106
Soviet Storm: Helsinki, 27 July 1952 108
Attack on the Referee: Helsinki, 28 July 1952 110
A Great Dane: Helsinki, 29 July 1952 112
The Non-Trier: Helsinki, 2 August 1952 114
A Boxing Match Under Water: Melbourne, 6 December 1956 116
Photographic Evidence: Melbourne, 7 December 1956 120
Death on the Track: Rome, 26 August 1960 123
Larson Timed Out: Rome, 26 August 1960 125
The Big Fix: Rome, 31 August 1960 129
The Barefoot Maestro: Rome, 10 September 1960 131
The Year of the Sex Olympics: Tokyo, 15 October 1964 134
Breaking the Pain Barrier: Tokyo, 15 October 1964 136
The Great Sit-In: Tokyo, 19 October 1964 139
Black Power: Mexico City, 16 October 1968 141
One Giant Leap for Mankind: Mexico City, 18 October 1968 145
The Fosbury Flop: Mexico City, 20 October 1968 150
Never Too Late: Mexico City, 20 October 1968 153
Timed Out: Munich, 31 August 1972 156
Poles Apart: Munich, 2 September 1972 159
The Ticking Clock: Munich, 10 September 1972 162
The Man in Orange: Munich, 10 September 1972 168
A Rigged Weapon: Montreal, 19 July 1976 171
The Gymnast with the Broken Knee: Montreal, 20 July 1976 176
The Other Jimmy Carter: Moscow, 27 July 1980 179
The Long Last Lap: Los Angeles, 5 August 1984 182
An Innocent Victim: Los Angeles, 9 August 1984 186
Enjoy the Trip: Los Angeles, 10 August 1984 189
The Death Threat: Los Angeles, 12 August 1984 196
A Headache for Greg: Seoul, 19 September 1988 198
Platform for Protest: Seoul, 19 September 1988 202
Chaos in the Ring: Seoul, 21 September 1988 204
The Test that Shook the World: Seoul, 24 September 1988 209
He Who Hesitates: Seoul, 25 September 1988 215
Internal Strife: Barcelona, 31 July 1992 217
The 200 Metres Hop: Barcelona, 3 August 1992 220
A Tale of Two Countries: Barcelona, 3 August 1992 224
Synchronised Mayhem: Barcelona, 6 August 1992 227
The Great Marathon Fraud: Barcelona, 9 August 1992 231
A Vault to Glory: Atlanta, 23 July 1996 234
Christie Blows His Top: Atlanta, 27 July 1996 239
Sailing into a Storm: Atlanta, 31 July 1996 245
Eric the Eel: Sydney, 19 September 2000 248
Perec Does a Runner: Sydney, 21 September 2000 253
We Have Lift-Off: Sydney, 22 September 2000 258
Ainslie's Revenge: Sydney, 29 September 2000 262
Bibliography 266
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