How to Watch the Olympics : The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport
The must-have guide to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games Next summer, millions of Americans will tune into the Olympic Games, the largest and most popular sporting event in the world. Yet while it's easy to be fascinated by agile gymnasts, poised equestrians, and perfectly synchronized swimmers, few of us know the real width of a balance beam, the intricate regulations of dressage, or the origin of those crowd-pleasing legs-in-the-air swimming formations. Luckily, David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton have created this utterly thorough and always fun guide to the rules, strategy, and history of each sport. With witty, detailed descriptions and clever illustrations, How to Watch the Olympics will help anyone grasp handball, archery, wrestling, fencing, and every other Olympic event like a true pro.
With the 2012 summer Olympics in London to begin in late July, Goldblatt (sports columnist, BBC radio) and Acton (The Man Who Touched the Sky) provide readers with a fine choice for informed viewing. The competitions to be seen in this year's summer Olympics are presented here in chapters arranged alphabetically by sport. Chapters include schedule details for London, counts of athletes and potential medal contenders this time around, Olympic records by event, and counts of past champions by country. The authors explain each sport in clear terms with sections such as "Why Watch Archery?" and "The Finer Points" of fencing. They also provide a brief history of each sport, both as a game and as an Olympic competition. They include a section on discontinued Olympic sports, such as tug of war and cricket. Charming, stick-figure illustrations by Belinda Evans, along with black-and-white photographs, effectively infuse the text and help explain techniques and rules. VERDICT Affordable, portable, and informative, this accessible and fun book is highly recommended for Olympics watchers everywhere. While the focus on the London Olympics will become out of date, the book will remain of future use for explaining rules, histories, and nuances of the competitions.-Todd Spires, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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May 28, 2012
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