Track and Field

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The summer Olympic Games are the world's biggest international sporting competition. There are over 10,000 competitors, from more than 200 countries, taking part in over 300 different events.

What does it take to compete at this level and who are the record-setters? What events and rules are shaping the modern Olympic competitions? And what happened on those rare occasions when things went wrong?

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Overview

The summer Olympic Games are the world's biggest international sporting competition. There are over 10,000 competitors, from more than 200 countries, taking part in over 300 different events.

What does it take to compete at this level and who are the record-setters? What events and rules are shaping the modern Olympic competitions? And what happened on those rare occasions when things went wrong?

Read these essential Olympic viewing guides for historical perspective of the summer Olympics... or for inspiration before your next competition.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Arguably the heart and soul of the summer Olympics, track and field is more than just an athlete in tennis shoes running a track. It's spring races, relay races, hurdles, longer races, the marathon, long jump, high jump, discus, javelin, and other field events. If it's all Greek to you, don't worry: with this 32-page book and a bit of time, you just might learn enough to know the differences between events by the start of the Olympic season. The book has a lot of ground to cover, but its focus is set by the theme of the series, "Olympic Sports," and it makes no claim to detailing the ins and outs of each sport. Rather, the focus here is to provide an "essential Olympic viewing guide" for "historical perspective of the summer Olympics." The pages are packed with textual and visual information; in fact, it's almost too much. Silver boxes sprinkled with gold stars adorn "Superstar" boxes of information highlighting various athletes. Thick arrows provide captions for one or two full-color photos on each page. Large boxes with bold text launch each double-page spread. Ovals with thick borders highlight "Feats and Records." Each of these features changes colors from page to page, thwarting any sense of consistency. The only call-out box formatted consistently is the "Olympic Oops" box, always with a yellow background and thick red-dashed line. A double-page spread is devoted to each sport, following an introductory "Going for the Gold" spread. The final spread is "Gold Medal Greats." Readers may not know where to look on any given page, but if they give it some time and attention, they are sure to be intrigued by this ambitious volume. Those who are budding athletes themselves may even find "inspiration before [their] next competition." Photographs show male and female athletes of a wide variety of ethnicities and countries of origin. Includes a glossary, an index, and a list of books and web sites for further reference. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Gifford prepares readers for the 2012 Summer Olympics by featuring groups of sporting events and the rules and regulations for each one. He does an admirable job of explaining the scoring for such competitions as diving and gymnastics. Readers will learn about new events, such as the Omnium, which consists of six different races for track cyclists. "Olympic Oops" text boxes highlight funny mistakes, while others point out former superstars and records. In every book, the final chapter on "Gold Medal Greats" contains brief biographical sketches about star athletes. Crisp, full-color action photos vary in size and add information as well as variety to each page. If Olympic books were in demand during the last games, this series should circulate well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607531876
  • Publisher: QEB Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/31/2011
  • Series: Olympic Sports Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 961,339
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Going for Gold 4

Sprint Races 6

Relay Races 10

Hurdles 12

Longer Races 14

The Marathon 16

Long Jump 18

High Jump 20

Discus 22

Javelin 24

Other Field Events 26

Gold Medal Greats 28

Glossary 30

Books and Web Sites 31

Index 32

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