Champions: the making of Olympic swimmers

Front Cover
Morrow, 1988 - Sports & Recreation - 237 pages
0 Reviews
Through the modern history of the sport of swimming, readers come to understand the mysteries of technique, training, and coaching while meeting the athletes and the coaches. Contains portraits of Rowdy Gaines, Mary T. Meagher, Mike O'Brien, and Dara Torres. Published to coincide with the 1988 Summer Olympics. 8 pages of photos.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Champions: the making of Olympic swimmers

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Chambliss has written neither a technical manual nor a glorifying memoir, but instead presents a "news-reelish'' coverage of a sport that will appeal to the general reader rather than to swimming ... Read full review


A Day Like Any Other
California Dreaming

8 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1988)

Daniel F. Chambliss is the Christian A. Johnson "Excellence in Teaching" Professor of Sociology, and Chair of the Sociology Department, at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where he has taught since 1981. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1982; later that year, his thesis research received the American Sociological Association's Medical Sociology Dissertation Prize. In 1988, he published the book "Champions: The Making of Olympic Swimmers", which received the Book of the Year Prize of the United States Olympic Committee. In 1989, he received the ASA's Theory Prize for work on organizational excellence based on his swimming research. Recipient of both Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, Professor Chambliss published his second book "Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses and the Social Organization of Ethics", in 1996; for that work, he was awarded the ASA's Elliot Freidson Prize in Medical Sociology. His research and teaching interests include organizational analysis, higher education, social theory, and comparative research methods. He is currently Director of the Project for Assessment of Liberal Arts Education at Hamilton College, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is a Member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Bibliographic information