The Olympics have returned! The 2021 Tokyo Olympics begin on Friday, July 23 with the opening ceremony and run until Sunday, August 8. After a year’s delay, athletes and spectators alike are eager for the competition to resume. To learn more about the Olympics itself, or former Olympians, check out the books below! Click the title of the book to place a hold through the Evergreen Catalog.
How did the Olympics become such a phenomenon? How do they affect world events? Goldblatt answers these questions and more in The Games. Tracing the history of the Olympics from their reinvention for the 1896 Athens games through Rio in 2016, learn more about the history, traditions, and icons of years past.
Indiana University Olympians: from Leroy Samse to Lilly King, David Woods
From LeRoy Samse, the pole vaulter who won IU’s first Olympic medal in 1904, to Lilly King, who won two gold medals in swimming during the 2016 Olympics, learn more about the rich history of Indiana University Olympians. This book profiles 49 IU athletes plus some anecdotes about their lesser-known colleagues.
Gabby Douglas was the first African American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual All-Around champion. This autobiography details her journey through gymnastics, from the first time she stepped on the mat to her gold medal win.
Lloy Ball had the opportunity to play college basketball for Indiana legend Bobby Knight. Instead, Ball chose to play volleyball for Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Four Olympics and one gold medal later, some people still think Ball made a mistake by not going to IU. Learn about his journey from the basketball to the volleyball court, and the people he met along the way.