Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: The Olympics is a unique compendium of little-known facts about the most famous sporting event in history. After the 'Olympic fever' of the 2012 Olympic Games: London 2012, you can now all there is to know about the history of the Olympic Games. From their origins in ancient Greece to the most famous Olympic medalists, Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: The Olympics covers a range of trivia for every sport lover to enjoy. You can discover the athletes who have set the marks for modern sporting excellence, and wonder at the records set by competitors across the years. As the 'Greatest Show on Earth' graces the City of London it is the time to swot up on the hidden history and unusual facts behind the Olympic Games, past and present. Who reprimanded Hitler during the 1936 Olympic Games? When did the Olympic event 'shin kicking' get banned? Which Shakespearean play refers to the Olympic Games? Who was the first official cheat in 388BC? Find the answers to these and many other intriguing aspects about the Olympic Games in this absorbing collection of stories and trivia
Stephen Halliday is a historian specialising in British and industrial history and is an authority on the history of London. He is the author of The Great Stink: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis (Sutton 1999), Amazing & Extraordinary London Underground Facts, Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: London, Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Great Britain. Stephen contributes articles and reviews to magazines such as Literary Review, Times Higher Education, BBC History and History Today.
Contents to include:; The ancient games; The 'Cotswold Olympickes'; The Much Wenlock Games; Baron Pierre de Coubertin; 1986 the small scale first modern games in Athens; 1900 Paris Games; 1904 St Louis Games; 1908 London Games; 1924 The 'Chariots of Fire' Games; 1948 The London 'Austerity' Games; The Paralympics; Olympic personalities.