The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC - Part II: The Post-War Years (1948–1980)

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Random House, 19 apr 2012 - 343 pagine

The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC: Athens to London 1894–2012 is a dramatic account of the history of the world’s foremost sporting spectacle. It is the lavishly illustrated story of the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, of the often controversial fortunes of the governing body, which was formed in 1894, and of the highs and lows of the Olympics themselves since the first Games in 1896.

It also tells the stories of the historic competitors – from Spyridon Louis (the inaugural marathon winner) and such heroes as Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmi, Sonja Henie, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Emil Zátopek, Herb Elliott, Kip Keino, Mark Spitz, Franz Klammer, Sebastian Coe and Carl Lewis through to Hicham El Guerrouj, Michael Phelps and Ya-Na Kim.

Each chapter begins with a personal reminiscence by either a famous champion or a notable IOC figure. Detailed background is provided to the many crises: the Nazi Games of 1936; the massacre at Mexico City in 1968; the terrorist slaughter of Israelis at the 1972 Munich Games; the boycotts; the advent of professionals from 1988; and the Ben Johnson scandal and the ongoing threat of drug abuse.

As the sporting world awaits, with eager expectation, the 2012 Games in London, this book gives an unparalleled account of the Olympics story from its beginnings in Athens 1894 to the build-up to the Games in London. This, the second volume of three ebooks, covers the post-War years (1948–1980).


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Title Page Copyright Preface
The PostWar Years 19481980
PostWar Austerity J Sigfrid Edstrom
St Moritz V 1948 Ake Seyffarth
London XIV 1948 Fanny BlankersKoen
Enter the Soviets Vitay Smirnov
Oslo VI 1952 Jeanette Altwegg
Helsinki XV 1952 Emil Zatopek
Wayward Fanaticist Avery Brundage
Cortina DAmpezzo VII 1956 Anton Sailer Chapter XXXIV Melbourne XVI 1956 Al Oerter
Arrival of Television Kevan Gosper
Squaw Valley VIII 1960 Heidi Biebl
Rome XVII 1960 Herb Elliott
AntiApartheid Flame Sam Ramsamy
Innsbruck IX 1964 Eugenio Monti Chapter XL Tokyo XVIII 1964 Billy Mills

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David Miller has been a journalist since leaving Cambridge University in 1956 and has covered 19 Summer and Winter Olympic Games, and 13 World Cup football finals. He is the former chief sports correspondent of The Times and currently writes for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of biographies of Matt Busby, Stanley Matthews, Sebastian Coe, and Juan Antonio Samaranch (translated into eight languages), and is joint author of IAAF 80, a history of 80 years of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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