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Igniting the Flame: America's First Olympic Team

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Lyons Press
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Arish Bheraiya
Think about this. An American Olympian shows up for the an event, having never really tried it before,doesn't know what to expect; some accommodating Greek athletes demonstrate, and he wins!! Such was the state of turn-of-the-century international athletic competitions. And so it was that a small American team of 14 members traveled to Athens, having no idea what sort of competition they would face. Not much: They came home with 11 firsts to a country now ecstatic about the Games! Reisler weaves ...more
Emily Murphy
Jul 15, 2014 Emily Murphy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Olympics
Note: All of these ratings are on a 1-10 scale.

Quality of Writing: 6
Nothing spectacular here; fine word choice and sentence construction, but nothing to get excited about. The quotes were used well and did not feel forced as quotes sometimes can. Perhaps there were too many quotes for my usual tastes, but as I'm doing research on this topic, I found it helpful.

Pace: 3
Good point: this book is a fairly fast read. Bad points: all of the breaks in time, jumping around, etc. Usually it was explained
amazing to think that sports in this nation was once mainly an amateur, collegiate affair, almost exclusively run at the club level ... you won't recognize the Olympic movement depicted here
Jim Blessing
This was a fairly interesting book about the 1896 Olympic games, first in the modern era.
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