This site offers: articles, photos, statistics, and a fan-zone where spectators can upload their own photos, and fan and journalist blogs. This site is not covering the Paralympics.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer
ESPN Olympics -- Olympic Games
A site chock full of articles from and pictures of the Beijing games as well as articles on amateur sports, especially track and field and cycling. Disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis currently has top billing. Note: this is an archived site, and some links may not work.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer
International Olympic Committee.
International Olympic Committee
The Olympic movement’s official website. It features images, a museum, news of upcoming events, and even collectibles.
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2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
https://www.nbcolympics.com/ This site features news, commentary, statistics, images, and video of both the recent Summer Olympics and the more current Para-Olympics in Beijing, China. Visitors can select their favorite sport or country or head straight for the statistics or medals.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer
Reporters Sans Frontiers.
Boycott Beijing 2008
When the International Olympic Committee assigned the 2008 summer Olympic Games to Beijing on 13 July 2001, the Chinese police were intensifying a crackdown on subversive elements, including Internet users and journalists. Seven years later, nothing has changed. But despite the absence of any significant progress in free speech and human rights in China, the IOC’s members continue to turn a deaf ear to repeated appeals from international organisations (sic) that condemn the scale of the repression.
This site offers statistics, photos, news, feature stories, and more, including vidos of the closing ceremonies, and Beijing weather.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer
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This display is a tribute to the Olympics, the Olympic Spirit, and particularly the Summer 2008 Beijing games. There are books, movie references, and images of Olympic heros and heroines, as well as material on the history and politics that has surrounded the games since their modern inception in 1896.
The Big Red Machine: The Rise and Fall of Solviet Olympic Champions.
New York: Random House, 1978.
Call Number: GV623 .B76
Tales of Soviet athletes’, their training regimens, and a sports establishment that would do anything to win.
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Finley, Moses I.
The Olympic Games: The First Thousand Years.
New York: Viking Press, 1976.
Call Number: GV23 .F56
A definitive survey of the Olympic Games, from 776 B.C. to A.D. 261. Readers are introduced, with absorbing detail, to the games' events and their historical, social, and religious context. The authors also delineate the similarities and differences between ancient and modern games.
Hitler’s Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Stroud: Sutton, 2006.
Call Number: GV722 1936 .H55 2006
"I'm afraid the Nazis have succeeded with their propaganda." - William Shirer's diary, August 16, 1936. The Berlin Olympic Games, which remain the most controversial ever held, have their 70th anniversary in August 2006. "Hitler's Olympics" creates a vivid account of the disputes, the personalities and the events which made these Games so memorable.
Killanin, Lord and John Rodda.
The Olympic Games: 80 Years of People, Events, and Records.
Don Mills, ON: Macmillan Canada, 1976.
Call Number: GV721.5 K5
We set out to make the most comprehensive work on the Olympic Games in the English language, taking into account the strictures on space.
Source: Killanin, Lord. "Introduction."
The Life of Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash.
Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2004.
Call Number: GV697 .S694 .A3 2004
racks the athlete’s rise from an awkward farm girl in Fulton, Missouri, to an international sports icon and record-breaking Olympic sprinter. Capturing the drama of Stephens’s personal saga as well as the development of the modern Olympic games, this compelling biography also calls attention to barriers female athletes overcame to participate in amateur and professional sports. Authorized biographer Sharon Kinney Hanson is the first person allowed to read and quote from Stephens’s correspondence and diaries, including her account of her experiences as an eighteen year old in Nazi Germany during the Berlin Olympics, when her instant fame brought her face-to-face with Adolf Hitler.
Lenskyj, Hellen Jefferson.
. Inside the Olympic Industry: Power, Politics, and Activism.
Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2000.
Call Number: GV721.5 .L42
Lenskyj, a University of Toronto sociology professor, is the author of Out of Bounds: Women, Sport, and Sexuality (1986), and she has been conducting research on the Olympics and its site-selection process for more than 10 years. Lenskyj portrays the Olympic movement as a huge money-making juggernaut that has duped the average sports fan with the myth of pure athleticism and tricked local government officials into believing their cities can reap financial bonanzas when they play host to the Olympic games. Lenskyj finds plenty of evidence to validate her claims.
Lovett, Charles C
The Olympic Marathon: A Centennial History of the Games’ Most Storied Race.
Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997.
Call Number: GV1065 .L69 1997
For the first time, the complete history of the most famous race in the Olympic Games has been presented in Olympic Marathon--A Centennial History of the Games' Most Storied Race. Source: http://www.amazon.com/
Martin, David E. and Roger W.H. Gynn.
The Olympian Marathon.
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2000.
Call Number: GV1065 .M39 2000
Coauthor David Martin—the foremost authority on the history of the race and the performances of the athletes in it—presents a unique and multifaceted look at the Olympic marathon. He and Olympic marathon expert Roger Gynn have teamed up to provide a definitive resource that goes beyond statistics to offer readers a vivid chronicle of the athletes and their memorable marathon performances.
Paul, C. Robert. and Jack Orr.
The Olympic Games: The Thrills and Drama from Ancient Greece to the Present Day.
New York: Lion Press, 1968.
Call Number: GV721.5 .P33
Yet despite the squables and in-fighting, the Olympic Games remain a symbol of international good will. Every four years when thousands of athletes gather from all over the globe, progress is made toward the ideal of universal understanding that motivated the founder of the modern games.
Source: Paul, C. Robert and Jack Orr. "Introduction."
Pound, Richard W.
. Inside the Olympics: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals, and the Glory of the Games.
Etobicocke, ON: Wiley, 2004.
Call Number: GV721.5 .P69 2004
The Olympic Games exist for the benefit of the athletes and not the IOC. Many IOC members still don't get it; however, Dick Pound [a former Olympic swimmer] certainly does. His unique view from inside the Olympic Movement is told in his usual straightforward manner, with his special blend of idelism and cynicism.
One Day in September: The Full
Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the
Israeli Revenge Operation "Wrath of God"
New York: Arcade, 2006.
Call Number: HV6433 .G3 .R44 2006
A comprehensive and unsettling account of a horrific occurrence that shocked millions in 1972. The Summer Olympics were held in (West) Germany for the first time since 1936, amid hopes for an open, nonmilitaristic competition. Early on the morning of September 5th, eight members of a PLO faction called Black September snuck into the Olympic Village and stormed the men's residence, seizing 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.
Samuelson, Joan Benoit and Sally Baker.
New York: Knopf, 1987.
Call Number: GV1061.15 .B46 .A3 1987
This outstanding female athlete, acknowledged to be one of the three greatest American runners of this decade, chronicles her love of sports from the age of three when she learned to ski. The most interesting aspects of the book are the sections that deal with the pressures of juggling academics and competition and the influence that certain teachers and coaches have exerted on her.
Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
Call Number: GV697 .O9 .S33 2007
A look at the accomplishments of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympic Games draws on interviews, family sources, and archival research to provide a portrait of a remarkable man in relation to the intrigues, controversies, and political machinations that took place.
Senn, Alfred Erich.
Power, Politics, and the Olympic Games.
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1999.
Call Number: GV721.5 .S443 1999
Traces the history of the modern Olympic games, and looks at boycotts, performance enhancing drugs, judging controversies, corporate sponsorships, and international rivalries.
Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged
Conventional Wisdom, and
Became America’s Olympic Champion.
Emmaus, PA: Roade, 2006.
Call Number: GV838 .C67 .S55 2006
An Olympic medalist recounts the events of her career, describing her successes at the U.S. Nationals at the age of fifteen, the shoulder injury that hampered her swimming style, and her training under University of California coach Teri McKeever.
Headfirst: The Olympic Success Story of Skeleton.
Dallas, TX: Brown Books, 2006.
Call Number: GV856 .V38 2006
Vaughn tells this tale of the rise of skeleton, the luge-like sledding sport, by focusing on his own Olympic dream and his role in getting skeleton into the 2002 Olympics.
Sports Illustrated Presents the Complete Book of the Summer Olympics.
Boston: Little Brown, 1996.
Call Number: GV721.5 .W25 1996
If you are a Summer Olympics fan, this is THE book for you. The book contains every modern Olympiad from 1896 Athens to 1992 Barcelona. Every event, every athlete in a top score, every Olympic record, every country and over 1,500 anecdotes and dramatic moments in the Olympic Games is here.
Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream.
New York: William Morrow, 2006.
Call Number: GV722 1936 .W35 2007
An iconic cast of athletes and political figures shares an international stage in this complex and engaging account of the planning, execution, and aftermath of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Demonstrating an impressive and well-controlled sense of scope, Walters transitions between the International Olympic Committee debates regarding Germany's political situation, the individual stories of certain key athletes, and the world-wide perception of Hitler's regime as seen through the contemporary press.
The Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games.
Del Mar, CA: Tehabi Books, 1996.
Call Number: GV721.5 W36 1996
The Olympic Spirit celebrates the centennial of the modern Olympic movement beginning with the first Olympiad in Athens, Greece, in 1896.
Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895-2008.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008.
Call Number: GV651 .X78 2008
Yet, politics have long been at the heart of China's relations with the modern Olympic movement, as Xu Guoqi, an associate professor at Kalamazoo College, shows in his illuminating history, Olympic Dreams.
100 Years of Olympic Glory.
VHS. Turner Home Entertainment, 1996.
Call Number: GV721.5 .A14 1996
Details the history of the modern Olympics. This film is closed capitioned for the hearing impaired. It also requires a VCR rather than a DVD player.
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Prod: Jon Peters et. al. DVD. TriStar Home Entertaiiment, 2002.
Call Number: PN1997
Dramatic biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife, converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam. His world heavyweight champion title thus stripped from him entirely for political reasons, the champ sets about to win back his crown, culminating in a legendary unification bout against George Foreman in Zaire, dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle."
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story
Auth: Greg Louganis. Perf: Eric Marcus et. al. DVD. Culture Q Connection, 2003.
Call Number: PN1992.77
The life story of Greg Louganis, gold-medal winning Olympic diver, from his relationship with his parents and his Olympic triumphs through his abusive relationship with Tom Barrett, Tom's losing battle with AIDS, and Greg's own coming out as a gay man and HIV-positive status.
Chariots of Fire.
Prod: David Puttnam. Auth: Collin Welland. Dir: Hugh Hudson. DVD. Warner Home Video, 2005.
Call Number: PN1997 .C397 2005
Story of two English runners that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics. One used his faith in God, and the other his hatred of anti-Semitism.
Perf: Tom Richards, Keny Hannam, and Bronwyn Macakay-Payne. DVD. The AV Channel, 2005.
Call Number: Not Available
This biographical drama explores Fraser's life before and after her competitive years, when Dawn turned from golden girl to rebel after she was banned from swimming... and climaxing in the notorious events surrounding the Tokyo Olympics when she was banned from competitive swimming after allegedly stealing the national flag.
Do You Believe Iin Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team.
DVD. HBO Home Video, 2001.
Call Number: GV848 .U5
Presents the story of the U.S. Olympic hockey team's victory at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Demonstrates the importance of motivation in any area of achievement.
The First Olympics Athens 1896.
Auth: Larry White et. al. DVD. Sony Pictures Home Enertainment, 2008.
Call Number: PN1992.8.A317
A look at the creation of the American team for the Olympics in 1896, and of their journey to get to Athens, where the games were being held.
Perf: Victor Salva et. al. DVD. Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2007.
Call Number: PN1997.2
A talented college gymnast with Olympic dreams is changed when he meets a mysterious stranger named Socrates who holds the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. The gymnast suffers a serious injury, but with the help of Socrates and an elusive young woman, he discovers that he has much to learn and even more to leave behind before he can become a peaceful warrior and find his destiny.
Run for the Dream: the Gail Devers Story.
Auth: Gasset, Louis et. al. DVD. Evergreen Entertainment, 1996.
Call Nunber: GV1061.15.D49
They said she would never walk again, but instead she ran to capture Olympic Gold in Barcelona and again in Atlanta four years later. Now the remarkable true story of world champion track star Gail Devers' triumph over tragedy is recreated in an uplifting tribute to the power of faith and the courage of champions.
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