Foreword by Sir Chris Hoy
Here is the perfect guide to Britain’s greatest athletes of the modern Olympics – eminently readable, fun, fact-filled and fully illustrated, reprinted and updated for London 2012, as Olympic fever grips the country.
British Olympic Heroes features 70 outstanding athletes from Great Britain’s 116-year record (unbroken) of attendance at the Olympic Games. Those included are not necessarily the most famous. They are, rather, the most arresting, whose sporting and private lives have been inspiring and impressive or sometimes downright incredible. All key statistics as well as many little-known facts are included. Many of Britain’s gold medallists have left a lasting legacy, while some made barely a ripple. In this book you will find those like Seb Coe, Chris Hoy, Kelly Holmes and Steve Redgrave – household names who have inspired countless others. There are also those like Tommy Green and the Doherty brothers who overcame adversity and emerged victorious, and others like Max Woosnam whose truly amazing prowess is all but forgotten today (and who once beat Charlie Chaplin at table tennis, playing with a butter knife!). And in spite of the title, the book would be the poorer without at least a passing mention of our spectacular failures and unlucky losers, like Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards and Philip Plater. Our favourite partnerships are here – Torvill & Dean, the Three Blondes in a Boat, Harry Llewellyn & Foxhunter, Nash & Dixon, along with the heroes of old – Eric Liddell, Viv Woodward, ‘Leaping’ Lord Burghley, Harold Abrahams, Kitty Godfree and many more.
Every entry is illustrated, and sections include:
- Olympic Timeline featuring key facts and interesting asides (eg the introduction of the Olympic anthem, boycotts and the disqualification of a rider for ‘clicking’ to his horse)
- Table of All British Gold Medallists from 1896 to the present
- Glorious Failures and Unlucky Losers
- Bibliography and Index
<!– The new, revised and updated edition of BRITISH OLYMPIC HEROES will be launched in July 2012. The author will be speaking at the Windsor Festival and giving talks at schools around the country to coincide with the torch relay and the opening of the Games. Reasonably priced, highly readable and entertaining, it is a must for all athletes, sports fans, couch potatoes and patriots. –>
148 pp Paperback gatefold
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