Game Changers

How a Team of Underdogs and Scientists Discovered What it Takes to Win

Author: João Medeiros

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

ISBN: 1408708477

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

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At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Great Britain ranked thirty-sixth in the medals table, finishing below countries like Algeria, Belgium and Kazakhstan. It was their worst ever record, a dismal performance labelled a national disgrace. But then something happened. In Sydney in 2000 and then Athens in 2004, Team GB achieved a much more respectable tenth place. By 2016, in Rio, they finished second, above China and Russia, with sixty-seven medals. How have they so convincingly reversed their fortunes? In Game Changers we meet the coaches and sports scientists who rethink how sport is analysed and understood, how athletes train and perform under pressure. In Liverpool in the 1980s, a motley group - a mathematician, a physiologist, a psychologist and a former Olympic basketball player - began to pioneer new ways of tracking performance. Over the decades that followed, performance analysis came of age, becoming an essential component of any elite team, from English Premier League title winners Manchester City to America's Cup high-performance sailing teams. Using a hybrid of scientific method and trial-and-error, scientists have uncovered the tenets of accelerated learning, the mechanics of physiological adaptation, the organisational principles behind elite teams, the understanding of how hormones and environment affect performance. These discoveries are not confined to athletic endeavours - they are universal and reveal what it takes to win not only in sports, but are applicable across a wide range of disciplines, including business, leadership and education.

No Number Nine

Author: F J Campbell

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1789013348

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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A novel with a strong female lead character who’s flawed but who readers will take to their hearts. A story about grief, family conflicts and first love, with a dramatic background of sport and the Olympics. What do you do when your amazing, beautiful, beloved sister dies? Hide in your room for two years. Sleep with a very, very wrong man. Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends and the man you love? Pip Mitchell’s an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she’s going to have to decide whose side she’s on – or she’ll lose everyone she loves. No Number Nine is a coming-of-age story about an 18-year-old girl who has put her life on hold for two years after the death of her sister. Pip leaves her home in England and tries to move forward with her life, taking a job in Germany as an au pair to the von Feldsteins, a family which is full of surprises - and not good ones. Set in Munich, the story follows Pip for a year as she crashes from one embarrassing, awkward mistake to the next. Finally, as she starts to emerge from her fog of grief, she travels with the von Feldsteins to Sydney where, amid the drama of the 2000 Olympic Games, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Can Pip protect herself and the people she loves? Does she have the courage to tell the truth, even if it destroys her?

Sam Quek

Hope and a Hockey Stick

Author: Sam Quek

Publisher: White Owl

ISBN: 9781526733498

Category:

Page: 224

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Sam Quek is mainly known for her starring role in the 2016 Olympic gold medal winning hockey team. This was the first time a British ladies team had won gold, but what is much less known is that Sam's rise to the top of her spot was far from easy. Sam missed out on being part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics but competed for England at the 2013 EuroHockey tournament and 2014 Commonwealth Games, which she won silver medals. She won the gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics after the GB hockey team beat the Netherlands on penalties. How Sam overcame the bitter disappointment of being overlooked for the two previous Olympics and ensured that she wouldn't miss out again are revealed here for the first time. She also tells of her tough childhood and her battle to reach the heights that she has. She then went on to further fame by appearing in 'I'm a Celebrity' where she proved to be hugely popular with the viewing public, eventually finishing fourth. Sam now presents a variety of sports for TV, including men and women's football, NFL and hockey. She has been signed up to be the main presenter for the women's World Hockey Championships in 2018, held in August. She is hugely popular on social media with thousands of followers on twitter and instagram. Sam also has some very strong views on how women are portrayed in sport and their treatment by both coaches and the media. This is a hugely topical subject at the moment and promises to remain so for some time.

Seoul Glow

Author: Rod Gilmour,Ted Macdougall

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 9781785314315

Category:

Page: 224

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Seoul Glow tells the story of the Great Britain men's hockey team who won gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The final caught the British public's imagination as they beat rivals West Germany in the gold-medal match. It led BBC commentator Barry Davies to utter the now infamous line: 'Where were the Germans? But, frankly, who cares?'

From Tears to Cheers

Author: Phil Thomas

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781291115918

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 254

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A British female hockey players journey to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Can it be achieved.

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780590513777

Category: Education

Page: 16

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Includes an author biography, chapter summaries, vocabulary builders, reproducibles, and cross-curricular activities for students of all learning styles for Anne Frank's historic diary

Sport in Capitalist Society

A Short History

Author: Tony Collins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135081980

Category: History

Page: 192

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Why are the Olympic Games the driving force behind a clampdown on civil liberties? What makes sport an unwavering ally of nationalism and militarism? Is sport the new opiate of the masses? These and many other questions are answered in this new radical history of sport by leading historian of sport and society, Professor Tony Collins. Tracing the history of modern sport from its origins in the burgeoning capitalist economy of mid-eighteenth century England to the globalised corporate sport of today, the book argues that, far from the purity of sport being ‘corrupted’ by capitalism, modern sport is as much a product of capitalism as the factory, the stock exchange and the unemployment line. Based on original sources, the book explains how sport has been shaped and moulded by the major political and economic events of the past two centuries, such as the French Revolution, the rise of modern nationalism and imperialism, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War and the imposition of the neo-liberal agenda in the last decades of the twentieth century. It highlights the symbiotic relationship between the media and sport, from the simultaneous emergence of print capitalism and modern sport in Georgian England to the rise of Murdoch’s global satellite television empire in the twenty-first century, and for the first time it explores the alternative, revolutionary models of sport in the early twentieth century. Sport in a Capitalist Society is the first sustained attempt to explain the emergence of modern sport around the world as an integral part of the globalisation of capitalism. It is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the history or sociology of sport, or the social and cultural history of the modern world.

Rome 1960

The Olympics That Changed the World

Author: David Maraniss

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439102678

Category: History

Page: 496

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From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author David Maraniss, a groundbreaking book that weaves sports, politics, and history into a tour de force about the 1960 Rome Olympics, eighteen days of theater, suspense, victory, and defeat David Maraniss draws compelling portraits of the athletes competing in Rome, including some of the most honored in Olympic history: decathlete Rafer Johnson, sprinter Wilma Rudolph, Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, and Louisville boxer Cassius Clay, who at eighteen seized the world stage for the first time, four years before he became Muhammad Ali. Along with these unforgettable characters and dramatic contests, there was a deeper meaning to those late-summer days at the dawn of the sixties. Change was apparent everywhere. The world as we know it was coming into view. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand of shoes. Old-boy notions of Olympic amateurism were crumbling and could never be taken seriously again. In the heat of the cold war, the city teemed with spies and rumors of defections. Every move was judged for its propaganda value. East and West Germans competed as a unified team less than a year before the Berlin Wall. There was dispute over the two Chinas. An independence movement was sweeping sub-Saharan Africa, with fourteen nations in the process of being born. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women as they emerged from generations of discrimination. Using the meticulous research and sweeping narrative style that have become his trademark, Maraniss reveals the rich palate of character, competition, and meaning that gave Rome 1960 its singular essence.

The Festival Book

Author: Michael Odell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473543312

Category: Music

Page: 128

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THE PERFECT GIFT FOR FESTIVAL-GOERS Which festival is right for you? What should you wear? What should you pack? How much glitter could you possibly need? With the answer to every festival questions, The Festival Book is your go-to survival guide. It is packed full of hilarious anecdotes, a guide to the very best festivals on offer and tips and tricks to get you festival ready. And if you want to learn to play the nose-flute or attend a wedding conducted by a priestess called Glenda, well, that’s all here too. With sections on: A Short History of Festivals – from the Pilton, Pop, Folk & Blues Festival (now more commonly known as Glastonbury) to the revival of the communal rock festival experience in the 90s. Festival Tribes – You’re looking for self-improvement? Latitude offers drama classes and qualifications. More interested in food? Try Wilderness. Forest walking, foraging and wild swimming more your thing? Green Man’s the one for you. Festival Fashion – Florals, leather, a onesie, full fancy dress – all will do, but don’t forget your wellies! Includes a fool proof packing list with everything you’re likely to forget. Anecdotes - From getting married at Glastonbury, to being diagnosed with trench foot, to being attacked by a cow – it’s all here! Tips and Tricks – How to get in for free, how to find your way back to your tent in the dark and a bluffer’s guide to legendary performances (you remember Oasis in 1994, right?)

Farewell to Upton Park

The Official Celebration of West Ham United's home 1904–2016

Author: Lee Clayton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0600634620

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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A stunning celebration of West Ham's beloved former ground, Farewell to Upton Park captures what it means to be a West Ham fan, and its evocative photographs are sure to chime with every Hammer. Containing over 350 beautiful images of Upton Park, from the characters that made the ground great, to nostalgic scenes at the historic Boleyn Tavern and inside the stadium itself, this book is one to treasure for years to come. Award-winning sports photographer Andy Hooper was given unprecedented access by the Club to bring together this incredible collection of photographs, and together they form a beautiful testament of what it meant to go to a game and be among the fans at this historic stadium.

Notable Sports Figures

Author: Dana R. Barnes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780787666286

Category: Athletes

Page: 1500

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This new title takes a close look at significant sports figures from around the globe and throughout history. Covering more than 600 individuals--both those famous for their accomplishments on the field as well as those infamous for their exploits off the field--"Notable Sports Figures includes biographical profiles of athletes, coaches, team executives and media figures from all sports. For each entrant, essays cover early life and personal information, including contact information where available; career in sport; and commentary on the enduring significance of the individual. Other features include an introductory essay discussing the importance of sport in society; a chronology of significant sporting events; an appendix of majot sports awards and championships; and sport, nationality, subject and name indexes.

Calcutta Diary

Author: Ashok Mitra

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780714630823

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

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First Published in 1977. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Rossen to the Rescue

Secrets to Avoiding Scams, Everyday Dangers, and Major Catastrophes

Author: Jeff Rossen

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250119448

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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"Read this book, of course.” —Publishers Weekly NBC NATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT AND HOST OF “ROSSEN REPORTS” ON TODAY BRINGS THE ULTIMATE HANDBOOK TO LIFE. Do you know where to take shelter in an earthquake? How to bust a lying car mechanic? Save money at the store? You’ll know now. Every morning, millions of Americans watch Jeff Rossen explain how to solve our most harrowing problems, such as: how to put out a kitchen fire, find bedbugs, avoid rip-offs, and even how to survive a plane crash. In Rossen to the Rescue, he includes daring experiments, expert advice, and game plans for handling all the wild cards in life—big and small—while sharing personal, and sometimes embarrassing, anecdotes that he couldn’t tell on television. Overflowing with never-before-seen tips and tricks, this book is filled with enough hacks to keep you and your family safe...and it just might save your life.

CSSLP Certification All-in-One Exam Guide

Author: Wm. Arthur Conklin,Daniel Shoemaker

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071760253

Category: Computers

Page: 824

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Get complete coverage of all the material included on the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional exam. CSSLP All-in-One Exam Guide covers all eight exam domains developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). You'll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice questions, and in-depth explanations. Designed to help you pass the exam with ease, this definitive resource also serves as an essential on-the-job reference. COVERS ALL EIGHT CERTIFIED SECURE SOFTWARE LIFECYCLE PROFESSIONAL EXAM DOMAINS: Secure software concepts Secure software requirements Secure software design Secure software implementation/coding Secure software testing Software acceptance Software deployment, operations, maintenance, and disposal Supply chain and software acquisitions ELECTRONIC CONTENT INCLUDES: TWO PRACTICE EXAMS

Alive

The Story of the Andes Survivors

Author: Piers Paul Read

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504039122

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 318

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The #1 New York Times bestseller and the true story behind the film: A rugby team resorts to the unthinkable after a plane crash in the Andes. Spirits were high when the Fairchild F-227 took off from Mendoza, Argentina, and headed for Santiago, Chile. On board were forty-five people, including an amateur rugby team from Uruguay and their friends and family. The skies were clear that Friday, October 13, 1972, and at 3:30 p.m., the Fairchild’s pilot reported their altitude at 15,000 feet. But one minute later, the Santiago control tower lost all contact with the aircraft. For eight days, Chileans, Uruguayans, and Argentinians searched for it, but snowfall in the Andes had been heavy, and the odds of locating any wreckage were slim. Ten weeks later, a Chilean peasant in a remote valley noticed two haggard men desperately gesticulating to him from across a river. He threw them a pen and paper, and the note they tossed back read: “I come from a plane that fell in the mountains . . .” Sixteen of the original forty-five passengers on the F-227 survived its horrific crash. In the remote glacial wilderness, they camped in the plane’s fuselage, where they faced freezing temperatures, life-threatening injuries, an avalanche, and imminent starvation. As their meager food supplies ran out, and after they heard on a patched-together radio that the search parties had been called off, it seemed like all hope was lost. To save their own lives, these men and women not only had to keep their faith, they had to make an impossible decision: Should they eat the flesh of their dead friends? A remarkable story of endurance and determination, friendship and the human spirit, Alive is the dramatic bestselling account of one of the most harrowing quests for survival in modern times.

Four Histories about Early Dutch Football, 1910-1920

Constructing Discourses

Author: Nicholas Piercey

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 1910634778

Category: History

Page: 240

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What is the purpose of history today, and how can sporting research help us understand the world around us? In this stimulating book, Nicholas Piercey constructs four new histories of early Dutch football, exploring urban change, club members, the media, and the diaries of Cornelis Johannes Karel van Aalst, a stadium director, to propose practical examples of how history can become an important democratic tool for the 21st century.Using early Dutch football as a field for experimental thinking about the past, the four histories offer new insights into the lives, interests and passions of those connected to the sport in the 1910s and the cities they lived in. How did the First World War impact on Dutch football? Were new stadia a form of social control? Is the spread of the beautiful game really a good thing? And why was one of the sport’s most prominent figures more concerned with potatoes? These stories of early Dutch football suggest how vital sport and history can be in shaping our lives, perceptions and actions, and why we need to challenge the influence they have today.