Olympic Gold: Our Greatest Individual Olympians since 1896

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Murdoch Books, Jun 1, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 376 pages
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Olympic Gold follows the inspirational journeys of Australia's 74 individual Olympic gold medallists, at both the Summer and Winter Games. Australia has enjoyed an unbroken involvement in the modern Olympics, from Edwin Flack's double-gold on the track at the first modern Games in 1896, to Lydia Lassila's acrobatic feats on the ski slopes of Vancouver in 2010. Chronicled along the way are Australia's many famous victories in the swimming pool, alongside the lesser-known triumphs of the likes of Fanny Durack, Australia's first female Olympic gold medallist and, of course, the era-defining achievement of Cathy Freeman in the Sydney Games in 2000. Olympic Gold tells the stories of some of the nation's most iconic sporting heroes, written by authors with an unparalleled insight into their epic achievements, providing a unique perspective on their journey to the top of the podium. The authors range from esteemed journalists and coaches to family members, and in some cases even the athletes themselves. These are remarkable stories about remarkable people - that elite group of individuals who have reached for the stars, beaten the odds and won gold at the most prestigious sports event in the world.

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In the 1960s Kevin Berry became the world's premier butterfly swimmer; he was the holder of 12 world records and was a three-time Commonwealth champion. At the 1964 Tokyo Games he won the 200 metres butterfly in world record time, and won bronze with the 4x100 metres medley team. He was inducted to both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Australian Sports Hall of Fame. Kevin also worked as pictorial editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and later as the head of ABC TV sport. Robin Poke is an author, journalist and sports historian. He has served the national rowing community in a variety of guises: as founding editor of the national magazine, national team manager, executive director and media director. He has been associated with the Australian Olympic movement since 1994 and is now president of the ACT Olympic Council. As coordinating authors, Robin and Kevin were the force behind this book, they brought together the many esteemed authors who contributed essays to this book. Each author is prestigious in their own right and vary from sports writers, to coaches and family members, to the athletes themselves.

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