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Author Reisler, Jim, 1958-

Title Igniting the flame : America's first olympic team / Jim Reisler.

Imprint Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    796.48 REI    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    796.48 REI    Available
Description x, 285 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-273) and index.
Contents "Nothing more than a glorified pickup squad" -- "Games at Athens? What games?" -- A rousing start -- The Baron -- "All were stupefied" -- "Lithe forms and springy steps" -- "Most gratifying to every Princeton man" -- "Man of many parts" -- Smoking guns -- "A foreigner should not win this race!" -- "Jesu Christo! I'm freezing!" -- "Rah! rah! rah! Ellas, Ellas, Ellas, Zito!" -- "A set of men that the nation may well feel proud of" -- "Good feelings and fellowship predominated" -- Appendix. 1896 Olympic results.
Summary "The story of the fourteen men - largely forgotten and never the subject of a full-length book - who created the American Olympic movement by winning eleven gold medals at the first modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens, timed for publication leading up to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2012 Olympics in London"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Olympic Games (1st : 1896 : Athens, Greece)
Olympics -- Participation, American -- History -- 19th century.
Athletes -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Sports -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780762778485 (hardback)
0762778482 (hardback)

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