Best Olympic Games Books
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1. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Author: by Daniel James Brown
The #1 New York Timesbestselling story about the American Olympic rowing triumph in Nazi Germanyfrom the author of Facing the Mountain. For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of timesthe improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.
The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.
2. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised
Author: by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Simon & Schuster
From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this booka book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as the bible of bodybuilding.
Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding’s newest stars.
Plus, all the features that have made this book a classic are here: -Arnold’s tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique -The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs, whether you’re an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition -Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy -Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries -Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity -The fascinating history and growth of bodybuilding as a sport, with a photographic Bodybuilding Hall of Fame -And, of course, Arnold’s individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout Covering every level of expertise and experience, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best.
3. With Winning in Mind 3rd. Ed.
Author: by Lanny Bassham
Mental Management Systems
Be wary of the people no one wants on their team, the ones who are too small, too slow and not very capable. The unwanted have a built-in motivation to do whatever it takes to succeed that those who are picked first do not have.
This is a story of such a person and what he did to find his place at the top of the world in his sport. I’m that person and this book is an introduction to what I’ve learned. I believe there is a mental system that when used will speed up the process of getting to the winner’s circle.
I am well aware that there are many fine self-improvement books available. Psychologists, motivational speakers, religious leaders and business professionals write them. A competitor writes this one. The Mental Management(R) System is not based on psychology, instead it is 100% based on competition.
I did my apprenticeship in the arena of Olympic pressure. My credibility is not based on the courses I took in college; it’s in my gold medals and the medals of my students. It’s not theory; it’s simply what works.
4. Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance
Author: by Simone Biles
In Courage to Soar, the official autobiography from four-time Olympic gold-winning and record-setting American gymnast Simone Biles, Simone shares how her faith, family, passion, and perseverance has made her one of the top athletes and gymnasts in the worldand how you too can overcome challenges in your life.
Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, along with drive to succeed no matter the obstacle, are what brought her to the national spotlight during the Olympic Games and have catapulted her ever sinceincluding 25 World Championship medals.
But there is more to Simone than her accomplishments. In this book Simone shares:how she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positivethe ways she’s continued competing at the highest level and having fun doing what she lovesa behind-the-scenes looks at gymnastics events, including the Olympicsthe events and challenges that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the U.S.
5. Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games
Author: by Lopez Lomong
Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track-and-field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible; it is about faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a stark reminder that saving one can help save thousands more.
In this heart-wrenching story, you’ll learn aboutLopez Lomong’s harrowing kidnapping at the age of six, becoming one of the Lost Boys of Sudan;his survival in a prison refugee camp and his miraculous escape;how he arrived in the U.S.
Through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program; andLomong’s journey from high-school track star to U.S. Olympic team captain. Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike-sponsored athlete on the U.S.Olympic Team.
Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong’s incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable, even from circumstances that might appear hopeless.”Lopez Lomong’s story is one of true inspiration.
6. Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever
Author: by Jack McCallum
Published at: Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (April 9, 2013)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. As a writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona.
Drawing on fresh interviews with the players, McCallum provides the definitive account of the Dream Team phenomenon. He offers a behind-the-scenes look at the controversial selection process. He takes us inside the team’s Olympic suites for late-night card games and bull sessions where superstars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird debated the finer points of basketball.
And he narrates a riveting account of the legendary intrasquad scrimmage that pitted the Dream Teamers against one another in what may have been the greatest pickup game in history. In the twenty years since the Dream Team first captivated the world, its mystique has only grown.
7. Beneath the Surface: My Story
Author: by Michael Phelps
Peek into the mind of a champion swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time (28 medals, including 23 gold)In this candid memoir, Phelps talks openly about his battle with attention deficit disorder, the trauma of his parents’ divorce, and the challenges that come with being thrust into the limelight.
Readers will relive all the heart-stopping glory as Phelps completes his journey from the youngest man to ever set a world swimming record in 2001, to an Olympic powerhouse in 2008, to surpassing the greatest athlete of ancient Greece, Leonidas of Rhodes, with 13 triumphs in 2016.
Athletes and fans alike will be fascinated by insights into Phelps’s training, mental preparation, and behind-the-scenes perspective on international athletic competitions. A chronicle of Phelps’s evolution from awkward teenager to record-breaking powerhouse, Beneath the Surface is a must-read for any sports fan.
8. Total Olympics: Every Obscure, Hilarious, Dramatic, and Inspiring Tale Worth Knowing
Author: by Jeremy Fuchs
An indispensable Olympic resource and a lot of pure fun. Jack McCallum, author of the New York Times bestseller Dream Team Faster!Higher!Stronger!Stranger! A glorious tapestry of legendary characters, forgotten records, crazy accomplishments, unbelievable feats, wacky contests, and controversial moments, Total Olympics is pure pleasure for anyone who loves the world’s greatest sporting event.
Discover how the modern Games began, in an out-of-the-way Victorian English town named Much Wenlock. Long-discontinued Olympic sports like tug of war, firefighting, live pigeon shooting, and painting. (Picasso for the gold? And the over-the-top, heroic exploits that make it all so thrillinglike the inspiring story of gymnast Shun Fujimoto who brought his team to victory while fighting through the pain of a broken knee.
With hundreds of true stories and stunning photographs, it’s a collection of sports yearns unlike any other.
9. Life at 10 Meters: Lessons from an Olympic Champion
Author: by Laura Wilkinson
Each chapter of Life at 10 Meters: Lessons from an Olympic Champion highlights Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Wilkinson’s mindset and focus as she grew, competed and trained to ultimately reach the pinnacle of sport. As Laura transitioned from childhood to competitive diver to Olympian to adulthood to a mother, there have been many roadblocks, triumphs, challenges, sorrows and unimaginable joy.
This crazy, winding journey has taught Laura that we are all capable of far more than we often imagine, and we were created for a much bigger purpose.
10. Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
Author: by Gary Mack
June 24, 2002
Praise for Mind Gym”Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary’s lessons and David’s writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game.”-Ben Crenshaw, two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain”Mind Gym hits a home run.
If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book.”-Ken Griffey Jr., Major League Baseball MVP”I read Mind Gym on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it.
Gary has important lessons to teach, and you’ll find the exercises fun and beneficial.”-Jason Kidd, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winnerIn Mind Gym, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so.
Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes-many of whom he has worked with-you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental “muscle.” Mind Gym will give you the “head edge” over the competition.
11. The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
Author: by Wayne Coffey
The true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and the Miracle on Ice, which Sports Illustrated called the greatest moment in sports historywith a new afterword by Ken Morrow for the fortieth anniversary of the Miracle on Ice An unvarnished and captivating read.
Parade Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach. Their Miracle on Ice has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable.
Wayne Coffey casts a fresh eye on this seminal sports event, giving readers an ice-level view of the amateurs who took on a Russian hockey juggernaut at the height of the Cold War. He details the unusual chemistry of the Americansformulated by their fiercely determined coach, Herb Brooksand seamlessly weaves portraits of the boys with the fluid action of the game itself.
Coffey also traces the paths of the players and coaches since their stunning victory, examining how the Olympic events affected their lives. Told with warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, The Boys of Winter is an intimate, perceptive portrayal of one Friday night in Lake Placid and the enduring power of the extraordinary.
12. Win at All Costs: Inside Nike Running and Its Culture of Deception
Author: by Matt Hart
“After years of rumors and speculation, Matt Hart sets out to peel back the layers of secrecy that protected the most powerful coach in running. What he finds will leave you indignantand wondering whether anything in the high-stakes world of Olympic sport has truly changed.” Alex Hutchinson, New York Times bestselling author of EndureGame of Shadows meets Shoe Dog in this explosive behind-the-scenes look that reveals for the first time the unsettling details of Nike’s secret running programthe Nike Oregon Project.
In May 2017, journalist Matt Hart received a USB drive containing a single filea 4. 7-megabyte PDF named Tic Toc, Tic Toc…. He quickly realized he was in possession of a stolen report prepared a year earlier by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for the Texas Medical Board, part of an investigation into legendary running coach Alberto Salazar, a Houston-based endocrinologist named Dr. Jeffrey Brown, and cheating by Nike-sponsored runners, including some of the world’s best athletes.
13. The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal–Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
Author: by Mike Eruzione
On the fortieth anniversary of the historic “Miracle on Ice,” Mike Eruzionethe captain of the 1980 U. S Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, who scored the winning goalrecounts his amazing career on ice, the legendary upset against the Soviets, and winning the gold medal.
It is the greatest American underdog sports story ever told: how a team of college kids and unsigned amateurs, under the tutelage of legendary coachand legendary taskmasterHerb Brooks, beat the elite Soviet hockey team on their way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.
No one believed the scrappy Americans had a real shot at winning. Despite being undefeated, the U.S. The youngest team in the competitionwere facing off against the four-time defending gold medalist Russians. But the Americans’ irrepressible optimism, skill, and fearless attitude helped them outplay the seasoned Soviet team and deliver their iconic win.
As captain, Mike Eruzione led his team on the ice on that Friday, February 22, 1980.But beating the U.S.S. R was only one of the numerous challenges Mike has faced in his life. In this inspiring memoir, he recounts the obstacles he has overcome, from his blue-collar upbringing in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to his battle to make the Boston University squad; his challenges in the minor leagues and international tournaments to his selection to the U.S.
14. 10-Minute Toughness: The Mental Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins
Author: by Jason Selk
10-Minute Toughness is a solid mental training program. In fact I feel it is the best of its kind…. [It’s] what the title says: ten minutes a day that connects your talents and abilities to the outcome you’re seeking. As a retired NFL player looking forward, I can see as many applications for the toughness Jason Selk’s program brought out of me in the business world as there were on the football field.
Jeff Wilkins, Former NFL Pro Bowl Kicker The mental side of the game is extremely important. 10-Minute Toughness helps the players develop the mental toughness needed for success; it really makes a difference. Walt Jocketty, General Manager of the 2006 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals Jason Selk has spent a tremendous amount of time and energy developing effective mental-training programs and coaches workshops.
He is truly committed to helping individuals and teams to perform at their very best, when it really counts. Peter Vidmar, Olympic Gold Medalist Mental training is a must for high performance both on the field and off. But simply hoping for mental toughness isn’t going to build any mind muscles.
15. Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equity
Author: by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson
Dare to Make History is the story of two courageous and talented women who weren’t willing to accept anything less than being treated as equals. On their journey to a gold medal in women’s ice hockey, they became role models for generations before and after them.
Twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando started playing ice hockey with their four older brothers and their friends on a frozen pond next to their home in North Dakota. No girls hockey teams, no problemthey just played on boys teams.
They went on to win six World Championships and played in three Olympics, winning two silver medals and ultimately a gold medal in South Korea in 2018 for the USA Women’s National Team. They did not allow roadblocks and discrimination deter them from taking on their governing bodyUSA Hockeythreatening to boycott the 2017 World Championships and jeopardizing their ability to compete in the 2018 Olympics unless their gender equity issues were addressed.
The success of Monique, Jocelyne, and their team thrust them into the center of the struggle for gender equity, for women in hockey and in sports in general, as well as in society at large. In Dare to Make History, the Lamoureux twins chronicle their journey to the pinnacle of their sport, their efforts along with almost 150 other hockey players to start a new professional women’s hockey league, their training to come back and make another national team after giving birth, their tireless efforts to advance the interests of disadvantaged communities in closing the digital divide, and their ongoing contributions as role models championing the dreams of future generations of girls in sports, education, and the workplace.