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

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

by David Goldblatt, Johnny Acton
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How to Watch the Olympics: The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport by David Goldblatt, Johnny Acton

The must-have guide to the Summer Olympic Games

This 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. Originally timed to 2012 London Games, their book is every bit as useful for Rio de Janeiro in 2016. 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101589106
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Goldblatt is a sports columnist, radio commentator, and the author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer.

 

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).




From the Trade Paperback edition.

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“Even the more obscure sports are ably explained with the aid of witty prose and diagrams. . . . This has more than a sporting chance of becoming the intelligent armchair guide of choice.” —The Bookseller

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How to Watch the Olympics: The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Informative, humorous and a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why get the book when you can google everything about it instead, or just watch it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book