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The A to Z of the Olympic Movementby Bill Mallon
Synopses & Reviews
The Olympic Games bring together thousands of athletes, competing in over 40 sports, and representing over 200 nations. But that is just the surface, for none of this would be possible without the constant efforts of an incredible organization consisting of tens of thousands of sports lovers united in sports associations, National Olympic Committees, and the International Olympic Committee. The A to Z of the Olympic Movement deals with both levels of the competition: the competitive side and the administrative side. This is accomplished through a bibliography; two chronologies_one tracing the history of the Ancient Olympiad and the other tracing the Modern Games; appendixes providing facts on the Games, the officials, the torchbearers, and the top Olympic medal winners; and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the major sports, more outstanding athletes, participating countries and numerous bodies in the organization as well as successive generations of officials_starting with the founder, Pierre de Coubertin.
Book News Annotation:
This dictionary (a reprint of Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement from 2006) features entries on both competitive and administrative aspects of the Olympics, including Olympic bodies, pioneers, organizers, athletes, sporting events, federations, and countries. It is meant to be introductory and not encyclopedic. Chronologies--one a historical description of each year--and appendices, including lists of most medals earned, are provided. Mallon, an orthopedic surgeon, is a founding member and former president of the International Society of Olympic Historians and edits the Olympic Gold Data Retrieval System. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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