“The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.” – Dawn Fraser (Australian swimmer, 3-time winner at the Olympics)

The Summer Olympics are upon us so how do you prepare for the big games.  You can familiarize yourself with the various official websites.  Two of the most “official” are  Olympic.org and London Olympics.  And you can check out those sites that let you watch live like Youtube and NBC among many others.  These sites will be running full tilt during the games, but what will you do until they begin?

There are a variety of resources at JMRL that can fuel your excitement or increase your Olympics knowledge.  Some suggested reading would be:

For the history of the Olympics:

Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement by John E. Findling and Kimberly D. Pelle

Olympics, a History of the Modern Games by Allen Guttmann

For the human interest stories that are so important to our fascination with the games:

Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Triumph: the Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympic by Jeremy Schaap

To find more at JMRL on the games search using “Olympics” as your keyword in the online catalog.

Some cool random websites on the Olympic Games:

Olympic Games on Line

About the Ancient Olympics

Olympic Games Bibliography

~ The Reluctant Blogger

One thought on ““The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.” – Dawn Fraser (Australian swimmer, 3-time winner at the Olympics)

  1. Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this website needs much more attention.
    I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the information!

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