Summary: "In this far-reaching account, Amy Bass offers nothing less than a history of the black athlete. Beginning with the racial eugenics discussions of the early twentieth century and their continuing reverberations in popular perceptions of black physical abilities, Bass explores ongoing African American attempts to challenge these stereotypes. Although Tommie Smith and John Carlos were reviled by Olympic officials for their demonstration, Bass traces how their protest has come to be the defining image of the 1968 Games, with lingering effects in the sports world and on American popular culture generally."--BOOK JACKET.
With the Olympics almost upon us, Richard Daly has written 100 inspirational thoughts on taking part in the race, the journey, which is our Christian life. As he says, the spirit of the Olympic Games can be characterised in the creed written by its modern founder, Baron Pierre De Coubertin: ‘The most important thing in the Olympic games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.’ He reminds us that likewise we are indeed all winners if we are taking part in the Christian race, that by enduring we triumph and, if we have fought well, we conquer. In this small attractive book, each thought, with a Bible verse, will both comfort you and challenge you to become a true winner.
My life-long love affair with sport. Just reminiscing about and sharing some memories (South African) from the long-distant past early on in "the writing journey "The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part; just as the important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well." - Baron Pierre de Coubertin (Founder of the Modern Olympic Games) PPS "Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." Franz Kafka craig May 1992
"Doping perverts the meaning and core values of sport, undermines the legitimacy of competition and sends messages to our children that winning at any cost is the highest value. The practice of doping mocks the Olympic Creed: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."--page 8.