ABOVE AND BEYONDTIM MACK THE POLE VAULT AND THE QUEST FOR OLYMPIC GOLD

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Above And Beyond

Author : Bill Livingston
ISBN : 0873389743
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Award-winning sports columnist Bill Livingston follows Mack as he practices one of the world's most dangerous and demanding sports. livingston reveals the fascinating subculture of pole vaulting-from Bob Richards, the only man to win Olympic gold twice in pole vaulting; to Sergey Bubka, the most controversial polevaulter ever; to Don Bragg, a rowdy Tarzan-like character who swung on ropes in his backyard to build upper-body strength; to the stirring duel between Mack and Toby Stevenson as they battled for gold in Athens. Readers will discover how Mack struggled and endured, while working in a factory, as a mascot in a bumblebee costume, and as a janitor, and how Mack changed his training and revamped his body and mind in a three-year program that made his AOL user name, Goldnathens, a selffulfilling prophecy."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Great Book Of Cleveland Sports Lists

Author : Bill Livingston
ISBN : 9780786741694
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Sports talk in America has evolved from small-time barroom banter into a major media smorgasbord that runs 24/7 on TV and radio. With hundreds of billions of dollars generated annually by pro and college teams in major markets nationwide, sports fans across the country are more dedicated than ever to their teams. And when it comes to sports talk—especially all-sports radio—it’s all about entertainment, information, prognostication, analysis, rankings, and endless discussion. Prominent sports-media figures in each of the three target cities—Cleveland, Detroit, and Washington, D.C.—engage in this phenomenon with a compilation of sports lists sure to delight as well as stir up debate within these already-buzzing sports communities. List topics include: • What were the most lopsided trades in local sports history? • Who were the most overrated athletes to play in our town? • What local athlete had the best appearance in TV or film? • What was the most heartbreaking loss in local sports history? • What was the greatest single play in local sports history? • Who are our team’s most hated rivals? • Plus dozens of “guest” lists contributed by famous local sports and entertainment celebrities. With franchises in three of the four major pro sports—the Browns (NFL), the Indians (MLB), and the Cavaliers (NBA)—plus a dedicated following of the Ohio State University athletics, Cleveland’s fans are some of the most rabid and knowledgeable in the country, and Bill Livingston and Greg Brinda are the acknowledged authorities on Cleveland-area sports.
Category: Sports & Recreation

101 Pole Vaulting Tips And Drills

Author : James Eldridge (Ed.D.)
ISBN : 1606791346
Genre : Vaulting
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101 Pole Vaulting Tips and Drills helps coaches work with beginning, intermediate, and advanced vaulters ages 12 and above to improve their competitive vaulting abilities. The winning tips and drills in the book are based on the best scientific information currently available from the fields of pole vaulting, exercise physiology, and other sport sciences. Topics include coaching safety for practice and competitions, nutrition, training to compete, and much more.
Category: Vaulting

Pole Vault Training

Author : Vitali Petrov
ISBN : 1606791125
Genre : Vaulting
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Category: Vaulting

Maggie Vaults Over The Moon

Author : Grant Overstake
ISBN : 1478296879
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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“A Triumph Over Gravity!” Maggie Vaults Over the Moon retells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy, grief-stricken farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas, who pours her broken heart into the daring and dangerous sport of pole-vaulting. Driven by a secret that she dare not share with anyone, Maggie struggles over many obstacles as she attempts to soar waaay higher than her critics think a girl should ever go. Gripping in its portrayal of a teenager's grief and thrilling in its vivid descriptions of the exciting sport of pole-vaulting, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is an inspiring and uplifting read! The nation's top Pole-Vaulters and Sports Journalists are cheering for Maggie! Team USA 2012 Olympic Pole-Vaulters: “I myself experienced loss when I was a young girl. Sports were my outlet and helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. This book captured me cover to cover. I highly recommend Maggie Vaults Over the Moon!” --Becky Holliday, Team USA Pole-Vaulter, USA Olympic Trials Silver Medalist, and Finalist at the 2012 London Olympics. “Every single person should be able to relate to Maggie in Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. We have all experienced loss, heartache or tragedy, but not all find a way to overcome. It doesn't matter if you are a pole-vaulter, male or female; it's about finding something in which you are passionate and not giving up. Maggie does just that—she finds her passion and it ends up taking her over the moon.” --Jeremy Scott, USA Olympic Trials Silver Medalist and Team USA Pole-Vaulter at the 2012 London Olympics. State Champion High School Girls' Pole-Vaulter: “Maggie's inspirational story will make any girl feel like they can accomplish their dreams. This is a MUST read for any athlete, no matter what sport you compete in.” --Taylor Marie Swanson, 2012 Kansas State High School Pole-Vault Champion. The nation's leading Pole-Vaulters' magazine: “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon shows a touching and realistic perspective of life's changes wrapped into one heartwarming story. It will captivate those who have lost loved ones and imagine being with them again. This inspiring tale celebrates the courage to turn tragedy and loss into something positive, and how the determination to master a sport can heal. The bits of pole vault history, technique, and struggle will keep the attention of vaulters for sure.” --Doug Bouma, Editor, VAULTER Magazine. The nation's foremost Female Sports Journalist and Author: “This inspiring book comes along at a perfect time, on the 40th anniversary of Title IX and in the same year as women athletes dominated the 2012 London Olympics. Girls who play sports and the coaches and families who support them will thoroughly enjoy Grant Overstake's warm, uplifting story. After reading it, we'll all wish we were pole vaulters like Maggie.” --Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports Columnist, ABC News commentator and best-selling author of Inside Edge and Best Seat in the House.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Dirtiest Race In History

Author : Richard Moore
ISBN : 9781408158760
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The men's 100m final at the 1988 Olympics has been described as the dirtiest race ever - but also the greatest. Aside from Johnson's blistering time, the race is infamous for its athletes' positive drug tests. This is the story of that race, the rivalry between Johnson and Lewis, and the repercussions still felt almost a quarter of a century on.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Greater Than Gold

Author : David Boudia
ISBN : 9780718078799
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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One of America’s most heralded young divers, David Boudia twice went for Olympic gold, training obsessively and whole-heartedly for success. In his first Olympics, he failed miserably, not winning a single medal. Four years later saw a different story: he mounted the podium twice, winning both gold and bronze. The difference? In the intervening years, he’d changed the focus of his quest from seeking glory for himself to giving glory to God. In Greater Than Gold, Boudia provides a behind-the-scenes access to the rarefied world of world-class athletics while also showing readers that when they place their hope in God, they receive what they’ve been seeking all along.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

On The Move

Author : Timothy Cresswell
ISBN : 9781136083228
Genre : History
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On the Move presents a rich history of one of the key concepts of modern life: mobility. Increasing mobility has been a constant throughout the modern era, evident in mass car ownership, plane travel, and the rise of the Internet. Typically, people have equated increasing mobility with increasing freedom. However, as Cresswell shows, while mobility has certainly increased in modern times, attempts to control and restrict mobility are just as characteristic of modernity. Through a series of fascinating historical episodes Cresswell shows how mobility and its regulation have been central to the experience of modernity.
Category: History

Persuasive Games

Author : Ian Bogost
ISBN : 9780262261944
Genre : Games
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Videogames are an expressive medium, and a persuasive medium; they represent how real and imagined systems work, and they invite players to interact with those systems and form judgments about them. In this innovative analysis, Ian Bogost examines the way videogames mount arguments and influence players. Drawing on the 2,500-year history of rhetoric, the study of persuasive expression, Bogost analyzes rhetoric's unique function in software in general and videogames in particular. The field of media studies already analyzes visual rhetoric, the art of using imagery and visual representation persuasively. Bogost argues that videogames, thanks to their basic representational mode of procedurality (rule-based representations and interactions), open a new domain for persuasion; they realize a new form of rhetoric. Bogost calls this new form "procedural rhetoric," a type of rhetoric tied to the core affordances of computers: running processes and executing rule-based symbolic manipulation. He argues further that videogames have a unique persuasive power that goes beyond other forms of computational persuasion. Not only can videogames support existing social and cultural positions, but they can also disrupt and change these positions themselves, leading to potentially significant long-term social change. Bogost looks at three areas in which videogame persuasion has already taken form and shows considerable potential: politics, advertising, and learning.
Category: Games

The Making Of A Black Scholar

Author : Horace A. Porter
ISBN : 9781587294372
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This captivating and illuminating book is a memoir of a young black man moving from rural Georgia to life as a student and teacher in the Ivy League as well as a history of the changes in American education that developed in response to the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, and affirmative action. Born in 1950, Horace Porter starts out in rural Georgia in a house that has neither electricity nor running water. In 1968, he leaves his home in Columbus, Georgia—thanks to an academic scholarship to Amherst College—and lands in an upper-class, mainly white world. Focusing on such experiences in his American education, Porter's story is both unique and representative of his time. The Making of a Black Scholar is structured around schools. Porter attends Georgia's segregated black schools until he enters the privileged world of Amherst College. He graduates (spending one semester at Morehouse College) and moves on to graduate study at Yale. He starts his teaching career at Detroit's Wayne State University and spends the 1980s at Dartmouth College and the 1990s at Stanford University. Porter writes about working to establish the first black studies program at Amherst, the challenges of graduate study at Yale, the infamous Dartmouth Review, and his meetings with such writers and scholars as Ralph Ellison, Tillie Olsen, James Baldwin, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He ends by reflecting on an unforeseen move to the University of Iowa, which he ties into a return to the values of his childhood on a Georgia farm. In his success and the fulfillment of his academic aspirations, Porter represents an era, a generation, of possibility and achievement.
Category: Biography & Autobiography