Recommended Olympic Reads

In Book Review, Miscellaneous on July 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

Read about the stories behind the inspirational Olympians and games gone by.  We’ve included some guides to those lucky enough to have Olympic tickets as well. All these books can be reserved for free if they are not available on the shelves.


In pursuit of glory: The autobiography by Bradley Wiggins

The controversial memoir from Britian’s most successful cyclist, published in the aftermath of the Olympic games where he is challenging for three gold medals.

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.

London 2012

This guide informs readers about London’s thriving nightlife as well as the classic tourist destinations. It includes hotel and restaurant recommendations for all budgets, practical travel advice and suggested itineraries.

The Dirtiest Race in History

The men’s 100m final at the 1988 Olympics has been described as the dirtiest race ever – but also the greatest. Aside from Ben Johnson’s blistering time, the race is infamous for its athletes’ positive drug tests. This is the story of that race, the rivalry between Johnson and Lewis, and the repercussions still felt in the sport.

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.
The Fastest Men on Earth: The stories of the men’s 100 metre champions

This title presents the story behind the men’s Olympic 100 metres champions, the fastest men on Earth. It discusses not only the race itself, but also the preliminary rounds, dramas and controversies.

Great Olympic Moments: by  Steve Redgrave

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.

London Olympics 2012

Fantastic information book for young children.

This series offers up-to-date and comprehensive information specific to the Olympic games in 2012. It looks at new technologies that are making a huge impact in the world of sport and explores the history, present day, and future of the Olympics, incorporating Paralympic and Winter Olympic information.



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