With the sporting world still on a high following the triumphant 2012 Games in London, The Official History of the Olympic Games and the IOC gives an unparalleled account of the Olympic story from its beginnings in Athens 1894 to the present day, including an in-depth account of the London Olympics.
This lavishly illustrated story covers the re-creation of the Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin, the often controversial fortunes of the governing body, formed in 1894, and the highs and lows of the Olympics themselves since the first Games in 1896.
It also tells the stories of the historic competitors - from Spyridon Louis (the inaugural marathon winner) and such heroes as Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmi, Sonja Henie, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Emil Z�topek, Herb Elliott, Kip Keino, Mark Spitz, Franz Klammer, Sebastian Coe and Carl Lewis through to Hicham El Guerrouj, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Yu-na Kim and Mo Farah.
Detailed background is provided to the many crises: the Nazi Games of 1936; the massacre at Mexico City in 1968; the terrorist slaughter of Israelis at the 1972 Munich Games; the boycotts; the advent of professionals from 1988; and the Ben Johnson scandal and the ongoing threat of drug abuse. The mounting million-dollar investment by medal-obsessed nations is also questioned.
This elaborate analysis is the definitive account of the world's foremost sporting spectacle. This, the final volume of three ebooks, covers the modern era (1984-2012), including this year's London Olympics.