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Title:
The Olympic odyssey : rekindling the true spirit of the great games
Author:
Cousineau, Phil.
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Edition:
First Quest edition.
Publication Information:
Wheaton, Ill. : Quest Books, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
x, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780835608336
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The US Olympic Committee gave each Summer 2004 athlete this book for showing how the Games inspire contestants, trainers, fans, and nations alike. Its mythology and sports stories offer metaphors for living with passion, compassion, focus, and fairness.


Author Notes

Phil Cousineau, author of seventeen books, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who lectures worldwide on topics such as mythology and creativity. He now lives in San Francisco, but still roots for his Detroit hometown teams


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Olympic Spirit: The Secret Strength of the Great Gamesp. 1
Chapter 1 The Mythic Origins: The Spirit of Place and the Soul of Sportsp. 23
Chapter 2 Gods, Games, and Guts: The Roots of Agony and Ecstasyp. 45
Chapter 3 The Sacred Festival: Celebration of the Contestp. 75
Chapter 4 The Struggle for Revival and the Passing of the Torch 1896-1980p. 105
Chapter 5 The Fiery Pursuit of Excellence 1980-2000p. 163
Chapter 6 The Philosopher Coach: The Art of Winning Wiselyp. 213
Epilogue: An Olympic Vision For the Futurep. 241
Recommended Readingp. 250
Indexp. 253