Great Moments in the Summer Olympics

Great Moments in the Summer Olympics

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The Summer Olympics are chock full of epic athletic achievements across hundreds of disciplines, especially Track and Field, Gymnastics, and Swimming. These are the sports that gave us Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olga Korbut and Mary Lou Retton -- tremendous athletes whose Olympic accomplishments thrill us now just as much as they did when they occurred. Now readers can relive those moments in this fact-filled volume just right for young sports enthusiasts.

And because it's Matt Christopher, young readers know they're getting the best sports writing on the shelf!
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
ISBN: 9780316195799
0316195790
Characteristics: xiv, 104 p. :,ill.
Additional Contributors: Christopher, Matt 1917-1997
Alternative Title: Summer Olympics

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SPL_Childrens Jul 19, 2012

Some of the most inspiring athletes and astonishing achievements in the history of the Summer Olympic Games are highlighted in this book, starting in 1896 - the year in which these competitions, first held in ancient Greece, were resurrected.

Behind every Olympic effort are years and years of training and perseverance. Some athletes have dedicated even more years than most to the Olympics. Endurance runner Paavo Nurmi, for example, known as “the Flying Finn”, won his first medals in the 1920 Games … but also ran 32 years later in the 1952 Summer Games! Swimmer Dara Torres participated in the Summer Olympics for an amazing span of 24 years, winning 12 medals during that time – including three silver medals in her last year (2008, as a 41-year-old mother).

The history of the Summer Games includes some truly heroic moments. In 1976, Shun Fujimoto, a gymnast, broke a kneecap during one of his tumbling routines, but he continued, finishing with twists, jumps and somersaults despite agonizing pain. His performance gave his team the gold medal. Similarly, in the 1996 Summer Games, female gymnast Kerri Strug broke her left ankle on her first vault – but she continued on, leaping, twirling and landing, to lead her team to the gold-medal finish.

The author has included a brief history of the Summer Olympics (first held separately from the Winter Games in 1924). Readers may be interested to know that Canada hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1976 (in Montreal), and that London, England last hosted the Summer Games in 1948. (In that year, soon after the end of World War II, Germany and Japan were not invited, and the Soviet Union chose not to participate.)
History will be made at the 2012 Games too - for example, it has been announced that for the first time, Saudi Arabia will allow a small number of its female athletes to attend.

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