Glory and the games: USA

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Commemorative Publications, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 217 pages
Inspiring stories from the greatest moments in sports history.

The Glory and the Games captures the unique spirit of the Olympic Games through the inspiring stories of 40 of the most heroic Olympic athletes.

The stories in this commemorative, photojournalistic collection are divided into three sections:

Overcoming Adversity: There's Walter Davis from the U.S., taking the gold medal in the high jump in 1952 after having polio as a child, and Karoly Takacs of Hungary losing his shooting hand to a grenade and coming back to win gold in rapid fire pistol in 1948 and 1956 after learning to shoot with his left hand.

The Great Comebacks: These include Dan O'Brien of the U.S., capturing gold at the 1996 Atlanta games after failing to qualify for Barcelona in 1992, and Spiridon Louis, from Greece, who came back from behind in 1896 to win the marathon for the Olympics' home country in the first modern Olympiad.

And, of course, there are the Stars: Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmi, Olga Korbut, Kip Keino, Jesse Owens, Bonnie Blair, and more.

All 40 stories in The Glory and the Games are lavishly accompanied by photos, and each reflects the courage, determination, and excellence that are the Olympic Games.

40 in-depth stories and stirring profiles of Olympic champions.

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