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Sports: The Complete Visual Referenceby Francois Fortin
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A visual encyclopedia to more than 125 sports, including all the classic Olympic events, as well as sports as varied as billiards and Formula 1 motor racing. Beautiful, oversize, double page spreads show all the elements of play, equipment and the field.
Book News Annotation:
This volume presents the spectacle, history, and immense breadth of modern sport. Drawing on the knowledge of federation directors, elite athletic trainers, and athletes themselves, the extensively illustrated text covers the rules, strategies, training techniques, daily challenges, and historic personalities unique to 127 sports (classic Olympic events; sports played by both amateurs and professionals; combat, individual, mechanized, equestrian, precision sports, and many others). The color images portray athletes, their equipment, and their playing fields. Edited by Francois Fortin, head of the group that created the Macmillan Visual Dictionary. Canadian card order number: C00-930875-X.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sports is a comprehensive reference to 125 amateur and professional sports, featuring classic Olympic athletic events (track and field, aquatics, gymnastics, combat sports, and equestrian events), as well as team, individual and motor sports (boxing, hockey, tennis, skiing, soccer, basketball, and Formula 1).
With one thousand annotated illustrations and four hundred color photographs, this book explains the games' history, rules, strategies, facilities and equipment. In addition, there are highlights of the greatest players from the past and present, analyses of changes in technology and comparisons of performance over the years.
The presentation of the information is fascinating for browsers and fans. How big is a soccer pitch? What are the four types of tennis court surface? How do you throw the hammer? It is all here, plus three indices (terms, symbols and illustrations).
Athlete profiles that list physical and mental requirements for each sport are invaluable guides for young athletes choosing a sport.
For a full table of contents and sample page spreads, visit: fireflybooks.com/books/sports.html
Table of Contents
Track and field — Cycling — Gymnastics — Strength sports — Aquatic sports — Nautical sports — Equestrian sports — Precision and accuracy sports — Multidisciplinary sports — Ice sports — Snow sports — Mountain sports — Aerial sports — Ball sports (Small ball) — Ball sports (Large ball) — Racket sports — Combat sports — Sports on wheels — Motor sports — Sports of aestheticism.
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