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by Ben Oakley Bloomsbury Publishing (July 19, 2014)

What does it really take to make the podium? Which of the biological, environmental and psychological factors really shape a champion's route to the top?

To answer these questions, Ben Oakley has taken the original...

The Dirtiest Race in History

by Richard Moore Bloomsbury Publishing (June 07, 2012)

The 1988 Seoul Olympics played host to what has been described by some as the dirtiest race of all time, by others as the greatest. The final of the men's 100 metres at those Olympics is certainly the most infamous...

From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Track Coach Mel Rosen

by Craig Darch NewSouth Classics (March 31, 2014)

From Brooklyn to the Olympics follows Mel Rosen from the streets of Brooklyn during the 1930s-'40s to his selection as head coach for United States track and field for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. The...

Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics

by Richard Hoffer Free Press (September 22, 2009)

In the tradition of Seabiscuit and The Summer of ’49, a gripping sports narrative that brilliantly tells the amazing individual stories of the unforgettable athletes who gathered in Mexico City in a year...

No Limits: The Will to Succeed

by Michael Phelps & Alan Abrahamson Free Press (October 27, 2008)

Fresh from his triumphant and extraordinary achievement at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Michael Phelps—up from working-class, born-in-the-USA roots—shows us the secrets to his remarkable success—from...

Inside the Beijing Olympics

by Jeff PhD Ruffolo (February 21, 2013)

As the only American in the senior management team of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, Jeff Ruffolo takes you behind the scenes and into a world no one has ever before witnessed. This remarkable, first-person...

Golden Glow

by Dan D'Addona & Kaitlin Sandeno Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 02, 2019)

Kaitlin Sandeno is a world champion swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record holder. Now she uses her platform to help others, as the national spokesperson for the Jessie Rees Foundation, a coach...

Clyde the Glide

by Kerry Eggers, Clyde Drexler & Jim Nantz Sports Publishing (October 03, 2011)

Through his fifteen-year career as an NBA player, Clyde Drexler played with elegance and flair, leadership and poise, integrity and an ability to come through in the clutch. He led the Portland Trail Blazers...

Muhammad Ali

by Mark Collins Jenkins & Lennox Lewis Skyhorse (June 17, 2007)

Many regard Muhammad Ali simply as “The Greatest” heavyweight of all time. Others admire his battles against racial injustice and religious intolerance. A few just call him “Dad.” They are all here in...

Off the Deep End

by W. Hodding Carter Algonquin Books (June 10, 2008)

Hodding Carter dreamed of being an Olympian as a kid. He worshipped Mark Spitz, swam his heart out, and just missed qualifying for the Olympic trials in swimming as a college senior. Although he didn't qualify...

Golden Lily

by Lijia Xu Fernhurst Books Limited (March 01, 2016)

The fascinating autobiography from Asia’s first ever dinghy sailing gold medallist. Learning to sail and becoming a full-time athlete at just 10 years old, Lijia Xu was taken away from her parents and enrolled...


by Ibtihaj Muhammad & Lori Tharps Hachette Books (July 24, 2018)

Named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhummad's inspiring memoir about her journey to become the first athlete to compete in hijab for Team USA.

Growing up in Maplewood, New...

Walking Tall

by Rob Heffernan The Collins Press (October 01, 2016)

Deemed too small for his school Gaelic football team at the age of fourteen, Rob Heffernan took up race walking on a whim. Driven by a fiercely competitive nature and a dogged desire to be the best, he strode...

52 positive thoughts To Become An Elite Athlete

by Alain Ruiz & Agnès Ruiz Arra Editions (December 18, 2018)

Citius, Altius, Fortius , in other words, "Faster, Higher, Stronger" Positive thoughts are essential to succeed in high-level sport. This guide is there to help you on a daily basis to surpass you, to give...

Beyond the Final Score

by Victor D. Cha Columbia University Press (December 30, 2008)

The Beijing Olympics will be remembered as the largest, most expensive, and most widely watched event of the modern Olympic era. But did China present itself as a responsible host and an emergent international...

Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement

by John Grasso, Bill Mallon & Jeroen Heijmans Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 14, 2015)

The Olympic Movement began with the Ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Greece on the Peloponnesus peninsula at Olympia, Greece. It is not clear why the Greeks instituted this quadrennial celebration in...

Secrets of the Olympic Ceremonies

by Myles Garcia (February 21, 2013)

Everything you always wanted to know about Olympic rituals and ceremonies but were too afraid to ask. Untold stories of Olympic intrigue and chicanery woven with secrets and behind-the-scene buzz of how these...


by Massimiliano Angelucci Italienische Bibliothek Frankfurt (April 04, 2017)

What really is what we now call “sport”?

Although ubiquitous, it remains a little-understood phenomenon, and - always above reproach - can enjoy a favorable or otherwise indulgent public opinion.


Rio 2016

by Andrew Zimbalist Brookings Institution Press (September 12, 2017)

A clear-eyed, critical examination of the social, political, and economic costs of hosting the 2016 summer Olympics

The selection of Rio de Janeiro as the site of the summer 2016 Olympic Games set off jubilant...

Chasing Water

by Anthony Ervin & Constantine Markides Edge of Sports (March 14, 2016)

“Here Ervin and swim trainer and journalist Markides combine talents to create a biography that is part first-hand narrative by Ervin, with Markides filling in the details and providing context. The formula...

Against All Odds

by P.J. Naworynski Collins (October 24, 2017)

For readers of The Boys in the Boat, the remarkable story of the unlikely Canadian hockey team that clinched Olympic gold in 1948

The announcement was shocking—Canada, the birthplace of hockey, would not be...

Patriot Hearts: Inside the Olympics That Changed a Country

by John Furlong & Gary Mason Douglas & McIntyre (February 08, 2011)

A riveting behind-the-scenes account of the transformative 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games—an extraordinary story of visionary leadership, love of country and the ability to dream boldly.

When John...

Gold Medal Diary: Inside the World's Greatest Sports Event

by Hayley Wickenheiser Greystone Books (October 16, 2010)

In Gold Medal Diary, Hayley Wickenheiser, three-time Olympic gold medal winner and captain of the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team, reveals her day-to-day experiences of the 2010 Games, including the six-month...

How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete

by Steve Ingham Simply Said (May 04, 2016)

If you are contemplating working with a champion, a potential champion, or anyone with untapped talent - be prepared, be very prepared. In 1998 Sir Steve Redgrave stared at Ingham and demanded to know, “Are...

PEOPLE Olympics 2016: The Best of the Games: Gold and Glory

by The Editors of People People (July 08, 2016)

Let the games begin! From Berlin to Barcelona, Beijing to Brazil, the Olympics celebrate the dedication, perseverance, drive and talent of athletes around the world. Whether it's swimming, gymnastics, basketball,...

TIME-LIFE The Olympics: Moments That Changed History

by The Editors of Time-Life TIME-LIFE (July 22, 2016)

Time-Life Magazine presents 'The Olympics: Moments That Changed History.'

PEOPLE American Heroes: Inspirational Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Good

by The Editors of People People (June 01, 2016)

Get inspired by People's heroes among us! A woman caring for 1,000 orphans & more stories of superhuman kindness.

The Second Mark

by Joy Goodwin Simon & Schuster (June 15, 2010)

It was billed as the greatest event in the history of pair skating: three of the best teams of all time battling for Olympic gold on one night in Salt Lake City. Technical ability was approximately equal. It...

The Mozart of Basketball

by Todd Spehr & Digger Phelps Sports Publishing (May 10, 2016)

Dražen Petrovic was born on October 22, 1964, in Šibenik, Croatia. Learning basketball at an early age from his older brother, Aleksandar, Dražen was a natural. He began his professional career at the age...

The End of the Perfect 10

by Dvora Meyers Atria Books (July 05, 2016)

A “delightful and insightful” (The Wall Street Journal) account of the controversial world of gymnastics and its scoring system, which has propelled powerful and athletic American gymnasts to the top of...

The Jewish Olympics

by Ron Kaplan & Ira Berkow Skyhorse (July 07, 2015)

Having grown from 390 athletes from fourteen countries to nine thousand athletes from seventy-eight countries, the Maccabiah Games (or the “Jewish Olympics,” as it has come to be known) continue to gain popularity....

Gold Rush

by Michael Johnson HarperSport (September 15, 2011)

'Elite athletes aren't born. They're made.'

Michael Johnson

From a living icon of the Olympic Games – as both an athlete and now as a BBC broadcaster – Gold Rush is a compelling analysis of the fascinating...