British Olympic Heroes: The Best of British Gold Medallists

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…

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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. –>

Specifications:
ISBN: 978-0-9567081-1-3
148 pp  Paperback gatefold
Fully illustrated
Publication: 12/7/2012

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 17 × 16 cm
Author

Kitty Carruthers

Publisher

Medina Publishing

3 reviews for British Olympic Heroes: The Best of British Gold Medallists

  1. Philip Barker, Journal of Olympic History

    Kitty Carruthers … offers neat biographies, in many cases accompanied by some
    pleasing illustrations, including for example a delightful cigarette card depicting
    the legendary Vivian Woodward, a double football gold medallist in 1908 and 1912.
    There is also a wonderful caricature of 1952 Team Show Jumping gold medallist Colonel
    Sir Harry Llewellyn on his famous mount Foxhunter…[ she] does not shy away from
    some of the more controversial moments and [the entries] are always brightly written.

    A nice touch was the decision to feature some of the “Glorious Failures, Unlucky
    Losers and Other Oddities”. A place is thus afforded to the unfortunate Philip Plater
    who, through no fault of his own, was disqualified from the shooting at the 1908
    Games after a performance that would have brought him a gold medal. There is also
    a mention of Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards, airbrushed from most British Olympic history
    but a worthy Olympian, as anyone who has stood at the top of a 90m hill, even as
    a spectator, will testify. The author declares an interest here. Her husband is a
    distant cousin of the aforementioned “Eagle”.

    The book ends with a handy register of those who have won a gold medal representing
    Great Britain, and also includes some fascinating footnotes.

  2. Amazon review

    This is a cracking book, really easy to flip through and find the references you want. nice pictures and interesting tit bits about our olympic heroes. Already put a couple aside for stocking fillers.

    I recommend this book to anyone visiting the olympics in 2012 and olympic fanatics.

  3. Matt Ogborn

    Kitty Carruthers’ British Olympic Heroes: The Best of British Gold Medallists is more straightforward non-fiction, nevertheless no less deserving of the spotlight away from the usual suspects. Kitty delves deep enough into the lives of fascinating Olympic heroes to go further than the usual biographies peppered around the Internet.

    Sir Chris Hoy provides the foreword and the 2012 revised edition will make a handsome accompaniment for those of you cheering on the British athletes.

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