Sochi, in Russia, hosts this year’s winter Olympics, starting this weekend (February 7, 2014) and through to the 23rd.
Ask us about books on the history of Russia. As for sports and the Olympics, well…! Here are some promising books profiled in past Good Reads columns.
The coffee table book Olympic Games, edited by one-time International Olympic Committee president Lord Killanin and journalist John Rodda (1976), is an encyclopedia of history and trivia, a great tome to browse through.
Figure skating is a winter Olympics favorite, and medal-winner Brian Orser’s name and fame live on. Orser: A Skater’s Life (written with Steve Milton, 1988) is for those who enjoy the sport (art form?), or for those keen on learning technical details.
Younger readers can get into the Olympic spirit with Roy MacGregor’s Nightmare in Nagano (1998), one in the Screech Owls kids hockey and adventure series.
Or try Jill Krementz’s A Very Young Skater. It tells of 10-year-old Katherine Healy and the incredible hard work that goes into becoming an athlete. Krementz is also a photographer, and the story is told as much in photographs as in words.
Bryan Iguchi’s The Young Snowboarder is a primer (“Snowboarding is more than just a sport, it is a lifestyle”) that explains the equipment needed and the basics of how to maneuver your board without falling on your head. And yes, you will also need to learn how to fall.
Hockey fan? Consider Ron Hotchkiss’s The Matchless Six: The story of Canada’s First Women’s Olympic Team (2006).
Can’t find it? Just ask!
– February 6, 2014