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The Games…higher, faster, stronger

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    Michael Johnson Gold rush: what makes an Olympic champion

    Michael Johnson is a living icon of the Olympic Games - as both an athlete and now as a BBC broadcaster. This book is his analysis of the fascinating combination of psychological and personal qualities, as well as internal and external factors, that go to create an Olympic champion.

     

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    Steve Redgrave Great Olympic moments

    Complete with specially selected photographs, Sir Steve Redgrave recounts his favourite Olympic stories and reveals what it is that makes these moments truly great. All the stars of past and present are here, including Seb Coe, Steve Ovett, Nadia Comenech, Mark Spitz, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Bob Beamon, Ed Moses, and Flojo.

     

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    Sue McBride Knitting for gold

    Knit your own sports hero using simple knitting techniques. Bully off with field hockey, sprint for the finish with the track stars or wow the crowd with your doll's snowboarding prowess; there are 20 dolls just waiting for the signal to go.

     

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    Janie Hampton The Austerity Olympics; when the games came to London in 1948

    A fascinating look at the extraordinary event which was for and by the people, this book is full of first hand interviews, hilarious anecdotes and great spirited feats. We meet not only the famous names but also hear the experiences of all who were involved from tea ladies to locals and spectators.

     

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    Geoff Tibballs The Olympics’ strangest moments; extraordinary but true tales from the history of the Olympic Games

    Presents accounts of bizarre and controversial incidents spanning the history of the modern Olympic Games.

     

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    Chris Cleave Gold

    "Gold" is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional. It is about what drives us to succeed - and what we choose to sacrifice for success. It will make you feel glad to be alive. It is about the struggles we all face every day.

     

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    David Goldblatt How to watch the Olympics: scores and laws, heroes and zeroes – an instant initiation into every sport

    This insightful guide offers the back story behind the games that most of us have not a clue how to play or to watch. It identifies each Olympic sport and, by means of diagrams and prose, explains the rules and finer points.

     

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    Bradley Wiggins In pursuit of glory

    The no-holds-barred memoir from one of Britain's most successful cyclists, published in the aftermath of the Beijing Olympics where he won two gold medals.

     

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    Michael Phelps No limits: the will to succeed

    Fresh from his triumphant and extraordinary achievement at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Michael Phelps shows the secrets to his remarkable success - from training to execution.

     

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    Tom Daley My story

    Tom Daley had hearts in mouths when he dived at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he won two gold medals. In this title, Tom offers unprecedented access to the pressures, challenges and fascinating experiences of a world-class Olympian.

     

 
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