The author recounts his efforts to become a placekicker for the Denver Broncos, describing how he gained rare access to top NFL players, coaches, and facilities while enduring the grueling process of professional-level athletics training.
Through a zany compendium of letters written home, top-ten lists, photographs, stories, inter-bunk notes, and other camp ephemera, the authors of Bar Mitzvah Disco shed new light on the phenomenon of summer camp and the experiences that transformed the lives—and hormones—of an entire generation. 40,000 first printing.
Author Maraniss weaves sports, politics, and history into a tour de force about the 1960 Olympics. Along with the unforgettable characters and dramatic contests, there was a deeper meaning to those days at the dawn of the sixties. Change was everywhere. Old-boy notions of Olympic amateurism were crumbling. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand. In the heat of the Cold War, the city teemed with spies and rumors of defections, and every move was judged for propaganda value. While East and West Germans competed as a unified team, less than a year before the Berlin Wall, there was a dispute over the two Chinas. Fourteen nations were being born in sub-Saharan Africa. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women. The world as we know it was coming into view.—From publisher description.
An examination of the relationship between gender and athletics traces a rise in devastating injuries suffered by young women athletes in recent decades, citing a lack of coach awareness and dangerous disallowances for gender differences.
The Probably Insane Idea That I Could Swim My Way Through a Midlife Crisis--and Qualify for the Olympics
A lifelong swimming enthusiast who had always dreamed of Olympic glory describes how, despite his failure to qualify for the Olympic trials from 1976 through 2004, he took up his quest at the age of forty-two by preparing for the Masters Championships.
Presents the life and accomplishments of the renowned jockey, focusing on his relationship with the nationally mourned former Triple Crown contender and discussing the months they shared at the New Bolton Animal Hospital.
Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams
Told from the perspective of a 1988 world champion, a behind-the-scenes account of the personal toll of Olympics competitiveness reveals how her stage parents, abusive coaches, and manipulative sponsors pushed her to the limits of her physical and mental health.
An inspirational guide to overcoming personal challenges and building a fulfilling life draws on the lessons learned by the author throughout his record-breaking career and introduces his "8 Principles of Perseverance."
A portrait of turn-of-the-twentieth-century cyclist Major Taylor, the first great African-American sports celebrity, describes his remarkable sports career, his virtuous and devout lifestyle, and his competition with such white rivals as Floyd McFarland.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking
A fighting aficionado offers insight into the motivations that inspire professional fighters, covering a wide range of disciplines including wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and boxing, in a tribute presented through a series of illustrated encyclopedic entries. 40,000 first printing.
The author of A Game of Inches weaves together a tableau of long-forgotten primary documents to take a fresh look at the early amateur years of baseball and the sense of joy that once pervaded its players.