The Armchair Olympian: How Much Do You Know About Sport's Biggest Competition?
A&C Black, Apr 2, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 176 pages
Billed as the greatest sporting show on earth, the Olympic Games have produced countless memorable stories of achievement and endurance since entering the "modern" era in 1896.
The major sports take a back seat - some of them long gone from the schedule - as sports fans discover new heroes excelling in obscure events that intrigue.
The Games deliver triumph and heartbreak, serial winners and one-medal wonders, shocks and controversies - and tragedy in the true sense of the word rather than the often diluted sporting interpretation.
For just over two weeks every four years handball and hockey, sailing and shooting, judo and gymnastics become prime time news. And the word "repechage" is common currency.
The Armchair Olympian uses trivia, teasers, illustrations and quotes to recapture the magic of the story so far.
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20/12 Challenge Warm-up achievements Al Oerter Aladár Gerevich American Angeles archery Armchair Olympian Athens athlete Australian basketball beat became Beijing boycott Britain British bronze medal brothers Challenge Warm-up Stretches China clean sweep competed competitors consecutive cycling cyclist decathlon discus disqualified dominated doubles dressage editions equestrian events Fanny Blankers-Koen final finished five four golds four years later Germany gymnastics gymnastics medals heavyweight high jump hockey host Hungary hurdles individual events individual gold Intercalated Games long jump marathon men’s men’s and women’s Michael Phelps modern pentathlon Montreal Moscow Nadia Comăneci ofthe Olympic Games Olympic medal Oscar Swahn programme relay rider runner shooting silver medal Soviet Union sprint Steve Redgrave success summer Games swimmers swimming Sydney in 2000 taking gold team event tennis Teófilo Stevenson took gold tournament victory volleyball water polo weightlifting winner woman to win won four won gold won silver won the men’s won three golds world record