The 100 Greatest Olympians and Paralympians

The 100 Greatest Olympians and Paralympians

By: Nick Callow (author), Seb Coe (foreword_author)Hardback

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The Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games form the greatest sporting extravaganza in the world. Athletes from more than 200 countries, competing in more than two dozen sports and disciplines, battle each other for the glory of the podium. "The 100 Greatest Olympians and Paralympians" is a celebration of the cream of world sporting endeavour stretching back 112 years. These 100 legends from the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were more than special athletes, they took their sports to new levels of excellence. Each one's achievements are described, not only in context of their extraordinary feats but also how, in many cases, they changed public perception. Some, like Jesse Owens in 1936, became torch-bearers for social change, others, such as Usain Bolt in 2008, simply made their sport 'cool' again. Each biography has been painstakingly researched and is complemented by outstanding photographs capturing the essence of sporting greatness.

About Author

Nick Callow is a highly respected sports journalist who has reported on virtually every major sport around the world over more than 20 years. As well as writing for almost every major British newspaper, he is now joint Managing Director and Editorial Director of the world-renowned Hayters Teamwork Sports Agency. Sebastian Coe, double Olympic champion and Chair of LOCOG, the organizing committee of the London 2012 Games.


Among the 89 Olympians, stretching back to American Robert Garrett in 1896 and going up to Jamaican Usain Bolt in 2008, are the following British legends: Rebecca Adlington, Ben Ainslie, Sebastian Coe, Kelly Holmes, Chris Hoy, Matthew Pinsent, Mary Rand, Steve Redgrave and Daley Thompson. British heroes from the Paralympic Games, in total there are 11 from around the world, are: Philip Craven, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Darren Kenny, Isabel Newstead, Lee Pearson, David Roberts and Sarah Storey.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781847327017
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781847327017
  • ISBN10: 184732701X

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