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Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC Athens to London 1894-2012 by David Miller
  

Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC Athens to London 1894-2012

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Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC Athens to London 1894-2012 by David Miller

The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC: Athens to London 1894-2012 is a dramatic account of the history of the world's foremost sporting spectacle. It is the lavishly illustrated story of the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, of the often controversial fortunes of the governing body, which was formed in 1894, and of the highs and lows of the Olympics themselves since the first Games in 1896. It also tells the stories of the historic competitors - from Spyridon Louis (the inaugural marathon winner) and such heroes as Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmi, Sonja Henie, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Emil Zatopek, Herb Elliott, Kip Keino, Mark Spitz, Franz Klammer, Sebastian Coe and Carl Lewis through to Hicham El Guerrouj, Michael Phelps and Ya-Na Kim. Each chapter begins with a personal reminiscence by either a famous champion or a notable IOC figure. Detailed background is provided to the many crises: the Nazi Games of 1936; the massacre at Mexico City in 1968; the terrorist slaughter of Israelis at the 1972 Munich Games; the boycotts; the advent of professionals from 1988; and the Ben Johnson scandal and the ongoing threat of drug abuse. As the sporting world awaits, with eager expectation, the 2012 Games in London, this book gives an unparalleled account of the Olympics story from its beginnings in Athens 1894 to the build-up to the Games in London.

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With the sporting world still on a high following the triumphant 2012 Games in London, The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC gives an unparalleled account of the Olympic story from its beginnings in Athens 1894 to the present day, including an in-depth account of the London Olympics. This lavishly illustrated story covers the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, the often controversial fortunes of the governing body, formed in 1894, and the highs and lows of the Olympics themselves since the first Games in 1896. It also tells the stories of the historic competitors - from Spyridon Louis (the inaugural marathon winner) and such heroes as Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmi, Sonja Henie, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Emil Zatopek, Herb Elliott, Kip Keino, Mark Spitz, Franz Klammer, Sebastian Coe and Carl Lewis through to Hicham El Guerrouj, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Yu-na Kim and Mo Farah. Detailed background is provided to the many crises: the Nazi Games of 1936; the massacre at Mexico City in 1968; the terrorist slaughter of Israelis at the 1972 Munich Games; the boycotts; the advent of professionals from 1988; and the Ben Johnson scandal and the ongoing threat of drug abuse. The mounting million-dollar investment by medal-obsessed nations is also questioned. This elaborate analysis is the definitive account of the world's foremost sporting spectacle.


About the Author

David Miller lives in West London with his wife, the writer Kate Colquhoun, and their two sons. He was born in Edinburgh in 1966 and educated in Canterbury and at Cambridge. He is a director of the literary agency Rogers, Coleridge & White, Ltd. Today is his first novel.

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Publication date

5th April 2012

Author

David Miller

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Author's Website

www.drearyagent.com/

Publisher

Mainstream Publishing

Format

Hardback
672 pages

Categories

Olympic & Paralympic games
History of sport

ISBN

9781845966119

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