Sport - Sporting Heroes
|Stand Your Ground: Life and Football
There is only one Kevin Sheedy, a man who occupies a unique position in Australian sport – plumber, self-described grubby little back-pocket for Richmond Football Club, legendary coach, master strategist, mad professor, raconteur, world-wide promoter of the game of Australian Rules.
Stand Your Ground is Kevin Sheedy’s life story, and it's everything you'd expect from the most surprising, most interesting and most innovative man in AFL.
Stand Your Ground is a great Christmas present for supporters of any football team. It is a journey from the working-class heart of Melbourne to every corner of Australia and beyond, including those well-known football outposts: Dublin, Kentucky and the Beverly Wilshire in Hollywood, a trip that only Kevin Sheedy could take.
From his descriptions of a young boy growing up in the inner suburbs of Melbourne in the 1950s, through to his playing days at Richmond and his ground-breaking 27 years as coach of Essendon, and finally to his commitment to take Australia's own game to the world, Kevin Sheedy's book is passionate, erudite, colourful, funny and controversial. It is a work of history, memoir and sporting drama as fascinating and multi-faceted as the man himself.
|Glenn McGrath - Line and Strength: The Complete Story
From working the land in Narromine to winning cricket's World Cup three times, Glenn McGrath has always faced life with fierce determination and an unerring will to succeed, despite the odds. Now, following his retirement from international cricket, McGrath shares the story of his life - in cricket and off the field. Known as 'Pigeon', he won his baggy green cap in Perth in 1993 and went on to forge a brilliant career, retiring as cricket's most successful fast bowler with 563 Test wickets. McGrath entered Ashes folklore in 1997, when he destroyed England by taking 8 for 38 at Lord's, and he even scored a Test half-century with the bat. With leg spinner Shane Warne, he formed the most devastating bowling combination in Test history. Glenn McGrath's most meaningful achievements, however, have been off the field. With his wife, Jane, who battled breast and bone cancers, he established the McGrath Foundation, a major fundraiser for and supporter of people with breast cancer. Here, in their own words, the McGraths discuss their battles with the disease. Line and Strength is the tell-all story of an Australian country boy who took on the world. After battling cancer for 11 years, Jane died on 22 June, 2008.
|Shane Warne: Portrait of a Flawed Genius
Shane Warne was the most glamorous and, arguably the best cricketer in the world for over ten years. He won a generation of followers by showing the fun to be had in bamboozling opponents. From the so-called 'ball of the century' that bowled Mike Gatting in 1993, to his single-handed defiance against England in the 2005 Ashes series and his key role in the 2006/7 whitewash.
He is an enigma, a showman and a genius, but he is also a very human character with human frailties. Warne loves the limelight, but the limelight has also burned him. He's been in trouble over drugs, extra-marital affairs, and taking money from dodgy bookmakers, all of which have soured relations with his family and with his homeland. Ironically he is perhaps more loved by cricket fans in England than in his native Australia.
This fascinating and well-researched biography draws on interviews with Warne and many of his teammates and opponents. On the heels of Warne's retirement from Test cricket with a record 706 victims to his name, this unique retrospective tells, for the first time, the whole story behind cricket's most flawed genius.
||Michael Phelps: The World's Greatest Olympian
|A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
Tennis great Sampras draws back the curtain on his storied career, revealing the forces that allowed him to dominate the game. Examining his greatest matches, he details the pressures, stakes, and the lessons he has learned. 8-page full-color photo insert.
|The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection
Regarded by many as the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport, this authoritative biography is based on many exclusive interviews with Federer and his family as well as the author's experience covering the international tennis circuit for many years.
Completely comprehensive, it provides an informed account of the Swiss tennis star from his early days as a temperamental player on the junior circuit, through his early professional career, to his winning major tennis tournaments, including the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. Readers will appreciate the anecdotes about his early years, revel in the insider's view of the professional tennis circuit, and be inspired by this champion's rise to the top of his game.
|It's Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
World-class hero Lance Armstrong tells his inspiring story, from the dark night of advanced testicular cancer through his dramatic victory in the 1999 Tour de France. This trade paperback edition features new material on Tour de France 2000 and the 2001 Olympics.
| Olympic Sports
The current Olympic Games program has 35 sports and nearly 400 events. Find below a list of the current Olympic Sports.
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The Treasures of the Olympic Games: An Official Olympic Museum Publication
The first time that the summer Olympic Games has been celebrated in such a glorious form, through 200 colour photographs and 25 removable facsimiles of rare Olympic memorabilia.A book of dreams...for the first time the official Olympic Museum have co-operated in producing an interactive book which allows readers to get closer to the world's greatest sporting spectacle than has ever been possible before.Published in association with Olympic Museum, this exceptional illustrated title brings to life, through over 200 photographs and 25 removable artefacts, the glorious history of the summer Olympic Games.Beginning in 776 BC in ancient Greece through to its revival in 1896 and the 24 subsequent modern games, "The Treasures of the Olympic Games" beautifully captures the organization's absorbing history and a wealth of sporting achievement
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