Synopses & Reviews
Here is an exciting compendium of the history, rules and strategies for more than 125 sports, played by everyone from children on back lots to elite Olympic athletes all over the world.
Covering the classic Olympic athletic events (track and field, aquatics, gymnastics, combat sports, and equestrian events) to sports played by both amateurs and professionals (boxing, hockey, tennis, skiing, soccer and basketball) this book offers something unique: detailed and beautiful full color graphics showing all elements of the playing field, athletes' equipment, and positional play.
All kinds of sports are covered: Water sports such as swimming and water polo; Track and field: sprints, steeplechase, javelin, etc.; Racket sports: tennis, badminton, squash; Large ball sports like basketball, volleyball and soccer; Small ball sports like handball, baseball, lacrosse, jai alai and cricket; Ice sports: luge, hockey, skiing, figure skating, bobsled; Motor sports: Formula 1, drag racing, motorcycle and snowmobile; Precision and accuracy sports: archery, billiards, curling, golf; Sports on wheels: roller hockey, in-line skating, skateboarding; Combat sports: boxing, karate, judo, kickboxing, fencing; Equestrian sports: polo, racing, dressage. And much more: bodybuilding, parachuting, triathlon, cycling, orienteering.
There are 380 pages in all, with each section detailing history, rules, strategy, equipment used, and the playing spaces' unique aspects. In addition, there are highlights of great players from the past and present, analyses of changes in equipment technology and comparisons of performance.
Fascinating for browsers and fans, the book will be extremely useful as a completereference. 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 (index of terms, symbols and illustrations) help the reader find answers to almost any question about sports.
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.
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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.