Amazing & Extraordinary Facts - The Olympics

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David & Charles, Mar 9, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 144 pages
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Who reprimanded Hitler during the 1936 Olympic Games?
When did the Olympic event "shin kicking" get banned?
Which Shakespearean play refers to the Olympic Games?
Who was the first official cheat in 388BC?

Find the answers to these and many other intriguing aspects of the Olympic Games in this absorbing collection of stories and trivia.

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: The Olympics reveals the beguiling stories behind the well-known history of the Games. It delves into the ancient origins in Greece, the modern predecessors to the Games from the 17th century onwards, and the little-known facts behind the Olympics in the modern era. As the "Greatest Show on Earth" graces the City of London, it is the time to swot up on the hidden history and unusual facts behind the Olympic Games, past and present.

 

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Contents

The Greatest Show on Earth
6
the first Modern Olympics
39
Recovering from War
58
Recovering from anotherWar
80
The Era ofBoycotts
104
London 2012
132
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