How to Watch the Olympics

If you look closely, the contestants' interlocking footwork is suggestive of a dance. ... WHILE JUDO'S OWN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE CENTRAL to the sport, its broader cultural history has been written at the Olympics.

How to Watch the Olympics

Discover the culture, scores, winners, losers and the rules of every Olympic sport in time for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 The Olympic Games can dazzle us with the sheer scale and variety of its sporting contests. Yet many of the games are unfamiliar to even the most avid sports fan. Which is where this witty, insightful book comes in. How to Watch the Olympics offers each sport's backstory and culture, and explains the finer points of strategy, skulduggery and skill. Once you've read this book, you'll be on tenterhooks to see whether the Danes triumph at handball, what the Italian fencers are up to and why Greco-Roman wrestling is so crucial to Kazakhstan. You'll know who invented the butterfly stroke, where water polo serves as the closest expression of warfare and how shuttlecocks travel faster than tennis balls. This edition has been freshly updated for the 2016 Games in Rio, including fresh material from London 2012 and chapters on the new Olympic sports of rugby sevens and golf. Seventeen days, 10,500 athletes, 28 sports, 302 gold medals up for grabs: the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will soon be upon us. How to Watch the Olympics is your invaluable personal trainer. The 2012 edition was Independent, Independent on Sunday and Observer Sports Book of the Year

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How to Watch the Olympics
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: David Goldblatt
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-26 - Publisher: Profile Books

Discover the culture, scores, winners, losers and the rules of every Olympic sport in time for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 The Olympic Games can dazzle us with the sheer scale and variety of its sporting contests. Yet many of the games are unfamiliar to even the most avid sports
How to Watch the Olympic Games, Summer 1976
Language: en
Pages: 295
Authors: Andy O'Brien
Categories: Olympic Games
Type: BOOK - Published: 1975 - Publisher: New York : Quadrangle/New York Times Book Company

Comprehensive guide to sports events, in Montreal, Canada, 1976, with data on Olympic games of the past.
The Olympics, Media and Society
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Kim Bissell, Stephen D. Perry
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-07-16 - Publisher: Routledge

When the general public follow the Olympic Games on television, on the internet, even in the newspapers, they feel like they have themselves experienced the performances of the athletes. This book explores whether it is ever possible to experience the Olympic Games as an athletic event without considering the effect
Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Language: en
Pages: 316
Authors: Vassil Girginov
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-20 - Publisher: Routledge

The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the first authoritative and comprehensive account of the world’s greatest sporting and cultural event. It tells the complete story of the 2012 Games from inception, through the successful bidding process and the planning and preparation phase, to delivery, the
Understanding the Olympics
Language: en
Pages: 326
Authors: John Horne, Garry Whannel
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-20 - Publisher: Routledge

The Olympic Games is unquestionably the greatest sporting event in the world, with billions of viewers across the globe. How did the Olympics evolve into this multi-national phenomenon? How can the Olympics help us to understand the relationship between sport and society? What will be the impact and legacy of