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Summer Olympics Reading List

A Reading List

I’ve always been a huge Olympics fan. There’s just something about everyone coming together as a country to root for something positive. Growing up I would watch them every year, but I think the one that sticks out the most to me was the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I was taking care of my grandmother that summer and we watched the Olympic coverage every day. I’ll never forget Michael Phelps winning 8 gold medals and the excitement that went along with it. It was a great bonding moment for us to share that summer and now every time I see the logo I think of sitting side by side with her in our twin recliners watching Usain Bolt, Nastia Liukin, Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Shawn Johnson, Dara Torres, Allyson Felix, and the many others who captured our attention that summer.

As you probably already know, there are many different sports featured in the Olympics. This reading list focuses specifically on the Summer Olympics. In the list below I’ve broken down the items in our collection – and a few available through Interlibrary Loan – into categories for easy searching/viewing. It includes items from our adult, teen and youth collections, as well as from our e-book collection, drawing most from the non-fiction sections, but there are also a few fiction novels mixed in. Material highlighted in this list is just a sampling of the works on each topic in the library collection.

— Carrie R. / July 2021
Bennett Martin Public Library


INFORMATIONAL

Individual Sports of the Summer Games
by Aaron Derr (2020) (j796.48 Der)


Team Sports of the Summer Games
by Aaron Derr (2020) (j796.48 Der)


The Summer Olympics
by Bob Knotts (2000) (j796.48 no)


The Encyclopedia of the Summer Olympics
by David Fischer 2003) (j796.48 Fis)


Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics
by Sue Macy (2008) (j796.48 Mac 2008)


Summer Olympics: The Definitive Guide to the World’s Greatest Sports Celebration
by CLive Gifford (2004) (j796.48 Gif)


How to Watch the Olympics: The Essential Gide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes of Every Sport
by David Goldblatt (2012)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


On Your Marks, Get Set…Gold! A Fact-Filled Funny Guide to Every Olympic Sport
by Scott Allen (2020) (children’s writer)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


The Book of Rules: A Visual Guide to the Laws of Every Commonly Played Sport and Game
by Mark Paluch (1998) (796 qPal)

This one applies to many/most of the sports categories listed below!


Summon the Heroes
by John Williams and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1996) (Compact Disc 781.68 Bos)

Listen to this “soundtrack to the Olympics” as you read the books in this list, to put you into the mood!



ANCIENT OLYMPICS HISTORY

the Ancient Olympics
by Nigel Spivey (2004) (796.48 Spi)


The Olympics: Athens to Athens 1896-2004
forewards by Jacques Rogge and Michael Johnson (2004) (796.48 qOly)


Ancient Greek Athletics
by Stephen G. Miller (2004) (796 mil)


The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games
by Tony Perrottet (2004) (796.48 Per)


By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions
by Richard Cohen (2002) (796.86 Coh)


The Olympic Games: The First Thousand Years
by M.I. Finley (1976) (796.48 Fin)



MODERN OLYMPICS HISTORY

The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games
by Allen Guttmann (2002) (796.48 Gut 2002)


The Games: A Global History of the Olympics
by David Goldblatt (2016) (796.48 Gol)


Hitler’s Games: The 1936 Olympics
by Duff Hart-Davis (1986) (796.48 Har)


Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Deborah Riley Draper (2020) (796.48 Dra)


And the Crowd Goes Wild: Relive the Most Celebrated Sporting Events Ever Broadcast
by Joe Garner (1999) (796 qGar)


The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team
by Mike Krzyzewski (2010) (796.323 Krz)


Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World
by David Maraniss (2008) (796.48 Mar)


Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics
by Richard Hoffer (2011) (796.48 Hof)


She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game
by Chelsea Clinton (2020) (j796.48 Cli)


The Olympic Games: Compete Track and Field Results, 1896-1988
by Barry J. Hugman (1988) (796.48 qHug)


Top 10 American Men’s Olympic Gold Medalists
by Ron Knapp (2000) (j796.092 Kna)


Olympics Record Breakers
by Jo-Ann Barnas (2016) (j796.48 Bar)



The Individual Sports or Sporting Categories


Archery

Archery Fundamentals
by Teresa Johnson (2015) (799.32 Joh)


Precision Archery
by Steve Ruis (2004) (799.32 Rui)


Archery Anatomy: An Introduction to Techniques for Improved Performance
by Ray Axford (1995) (799.32 Axf)


Archery
by Natalie Reichart (Hoopla E-book)


Beginning Archery
by Lloyd Brown (Hoopla Movie)


Advanced Archery
by Lloyd Brown (Hoopla Movie)


Denise Parker: A Teenage Archer’s Quest for Olympic Glory
by Denise Parker (2007)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


Total Archery
by Kisik Lee and Robert De Bondt (2005)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


See additional Archery materials in the library collection.


Artistic Gymnastics (a.k.a. “Gymnastics”)

Gymnastics
by Dan Gutman (1996) (796.44 Gut)


Off Balance
by Dominique Moceanu (2012) (Biography Moceanu)


Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams
by Shawn Johnson (2012) (Biography Johnson)


Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith
by Gabby Douglas (2012) (Biography Douglas)


Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams
by Kerri Strug (1997) (796.44 Str)


Letters to a Young Gymnast: The Art of Mentoring
by Nadia Comaneci (2004) (796.44 Com)


Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything
by Aly Raisman (2017) (j Biography Raisman)


I Got This: To Gold and Beyound
by Laurie Hernandez (2017) (j Biography Hernandez)


Simone Biles
by Grace Hansen (2017) (j Biography Biles)


Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance
by Simone Biles (2016) (j Biography Biles)


The Gabby Douglas Story
by Gregg Champion (2014) (DVD Gabby)


It’s Not About Perfect: Competing For My Country and Fighting For My Life
by Shannon Miller (2015) (Hoopla E-audiobook)


Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters
by Joan Ryan (1995) (796.44 Rya)


Head Over Heels
by Hannah Orenstein (2020) (Fiction Orenstein)


The Happiest Girl in the World
by Alena Dillon (2021) (Fiction Dillon)


Tumbling
by Caela Carter (2016) (Fiction YA Carter)


See additional Gymnastics materials in the library collection.


Artistic Swimming

The Complete Book of Swimming
by Philip Whitten (1994) (797.21 Whi)


Swimming
by Clive Gifford (2010) (j797.21 Gif)


Splashdance
by Liz Starin (2016) (jP Starin)


Gracie LaRoo at Training Camp
by Marsha Qualey (E-book)


Synchronized Swimming: An American History
by Dawn Pawson Bean (2005)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


See additional Swimming materials in the library collection.


Athletics (a.k.a. “track and field”)

The Book of Rules: A Visual Guide to the Laws of Every Commonly Played Sport and Game
by Mark Paluch (1998) (796 qPal)


Track and Field
by Bob Knotts (2000) (j796.42 Kno)


Fundamentals of Track and Field
by Gerald A. Carr (1999) (796.42 qCar 1999)


USA Track and Field Coaching Manual
by Joseph L. Rogers (2000) (796.42 qUSA)


Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons
by Kara Goucher (2011) (796.42 Gou)


26 Marathons: What I Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life From My Marathon Career
by Meb Keflezighi (2019) (Biography Keflezighi)


For the Glory: Eric Liddell’s Journey From Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr
by Duncan Hamilton (2016) (Biography Liddell)


Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
by Deena Kastor (2018) (Biography Kastor)


Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe
by Kate Buford (2012) (Biography Thorpe)


Running For My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey From the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games
by Lopez Lomong (2012) (Biography Lomong)


The Secrets of My Life
by Caitlyn Jenner (2017) (Biography Jenner)


Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness
by Suzy Favor Hamilton (2015) (Biography Favor)


Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons From an Extraordinary Life
by Louis Zamperini (2014) (Biography Zamperini)


The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
by Neal Bascomb (2004) (796.42 Bas)


On the Right Track: From Olympic Downfall to Finding Forgiveness and the Strength to Overcome and Succeed
by Marion Jones (2010) (Biography Jones)


Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Jones and Hitler’s Olympics
by Jeremy Schaap (2007) (796.42 Sch)


Showdown at Shepherd’s Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze
by David Davis (2012) (796.48 Dav)


A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Female Athlete
by Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee (1997) (796.42 Joy)


Florence Griffith Joyner
by Rita Williams-Garcia (2021) (jPB (Non-Fiction) Williams-Garcia)


Wilma Rudolph
by Ma Isabel Sanche Vegara (2019) (j Biography Rudolph)


Usain Bolt
by Grace Hansen (2016) (j Biography Bolt)


Wilma Rudolph
by Amy Ruth (2000) (jB R832r)


Top 10 American Women Sprinters
by Arlene Bourgeois Molzahn (1998) (j796.422 Mol)


Collision Course: The Olympic Tragedy of Mary Decker and Zola Budd
by Jason Henderson (2017) (Hoopla E-book)


Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid
by Giuseppe Catazzella (2016) (Fiction Catazzella)


Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team
by Elise Hooper (2020) (Fiction Hooper)


Once a Runner
by John Parker (2020) (Fiction Parker)


Again to Carthage (sequel to Once a Runner)
by John Parker (2020) (Fiction Parker)


Chasing Grace
by Sanya Richards-Ross (Hoopla E-book)


Girl Runner
by Carrie Snyder (2016) (Hoopla E-book – fiction)


Running
by Jean Echenoz (2009) (Hoopla E-book – fiction)


See additional Track and Field materials in the library collection. Or, see subject headings fro individuals sports — running, high jump, pole vault, shot put, etc.


Badminton

Badminton Today
by Sunny Kim (2002) (796.345 qKim)


Badminton
by George Thomas (Hoopla E-book)


Badminton Essentials
by Tariq Wadood (Hoopla E-book)


Badminton for Beginners
by R.C. Tragett (Hoopla E-book)


Badminton Tips and Techniques
by Andy Chong (Hoopla Movie)


A Basic Guide to Badminton: An Official U.S Olympic Committee Sports Series
by the United States Olympic Committee (1998)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


See additional Badminton materials in the library collection.


Baseball/Softball

Baseball, a Celebration!
by James Buckley (2001) (796.357 qBuc)


Playing Better Baseball
by Rick Wolff (1997) (796.357 Wol)


How to Watch Baseball
by Steve Fiffer (1987) (796.357 Fif)


A Basic Guide to Softball
by United States Olympic Committee (2001) (j796.357 Bas)


Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself
by Jennie Finch (2011) (YA PB (Non-Fiction) Finch)


Imperfect
by Jim Abbott (2012) (Biography Abbott)


The Resisters: A Novel
by Gish Jen (2020) (Fiction Jen)


Miracle on Grass
by David Fanucchi (2012)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)



Basketball

The Sixth Man: A Memoir
by Andre Iguodala (2019) (Biography Iguodala)


Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevnt Losses, and a Life in Perspective
by Pat Summitt (2013) (Biography Summitt)


Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever
by Jack McCallum (2012) (796.323 McC)


Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph
by Alonzo Mourning (2008) (Biography Mourning)


Venus to the Hoop: A Gold-Medal Year in Women’s Basketball
by Sara Corbett (1997) (796.323 OlyYc)


Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany
by Andrew Maraniss (2019) (YA PB (Non-Fiction) Maraniss)


Beach Volleyball

Volleyball for Fun!
by Darcy Lockman (2006) (j796.325 Loc)


Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life
by Misty May-Treanor (2010) (Biography May-Treanor)


Work Wife
by Erica Cerulo (E-audiobook)


We Were Kings: A Deep Dive Inside the Lives of Professional Beach Volleyball Players
by Travis Mewhirter (2018)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


See additional Baseball materials in the library collection.


BMX Freestyle/BMX Racing

BMX Trix and Techniques for the Race Track
by Tony Donaldson (2004) (796.62 Don)


BMX
by John Hamilton (2015) (j796.62 Ham)


BMX History
by Brian D. Fiske (2004) (j796.62 Fis)


BMX Street
by Patrick G. Cain (2013) (jPB (Non-Fiction) Cain)


BMX Bicycles
by E.S. Budd (2004) (j796.62 Bud)


BMX Freestyle
by Tracy Maurer (2002) (j796.62 Mau)


BMX Design and Equipment
by Brian D. Fiske (2004) (j796.62 Fis)


Cool BMX Racing Facts
by Sandra Donovan (2011) (j796.62 Don)


Freestyle BMX Tricks: Flatland and Air
by Sean D’Arcy (2011) (796.62 Dar)


BMX Riding Skills: The Guide to Flatland Tricks
by Shek Hon (2010) (j796.62 Hon)


Extreme Sports Stars
by Philip Abraham (2007) (j796.092 Abr)


Go Fly a Bike!: The Ultimate Book About Bicycle Fun, Freedom and Science
by Bill Haduch (2004) (j796.6 Had)


Mat Hoffman
by Bob Woods (Hoopla E-book)


BMX Freestyle
by Ray McClellan (Hoopla E-book)


Downhill BMX
by Ray McClellan (Hoopla E-book)


See additional BMX materials in the library collection.


Boxing

Ali: A Life
by Jonathan Eig (2017) (Biography Ali)


The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring
by Sugar Ray Leonard (2011) (Biography Leonard)


Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali
by James Haskins (2002) (jB Al4h)


American Son: My Story
by Oscar DeLaHoya (1987) (Biography DeLaHoya)


On Boxing
by Joyce Carol Oates (1987) (796.83 Oat)


The Book of Boxing
by W.C. Heinz (1999) (796.83 Boo)


Boxing’s Best Short Stories
by Paul D. Staudohar (1999) (813.08 Sta)


Fighting Fit: Boxing Workouts, Techniques and Sparring
by Doug Werner (2000) (796.83 Wer)


Champions of the Ring: The Lives and Times of Boxing’s Heavyweight Heroes
by Gerald Suster (1992) (796.83 Sus)


Boxing for MMA: Building the Fistic Edge in Competition and Self-Defense for Men and Women
by Mark Hatmaker (2014) (796.815 Hat)


The 12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing: The Untold Stories
by Ferdie Pacheco (2000) (796.83 Pac)


The Longest Fight: In the Ring With Joe Gans, Boxing’s First African American Champion
by William Gildea (2012) (796.83 Gil)


Chicago Boxing
by J.J. Johnston (Hoopla E-book)


Gravity
by Sarah Deming (2019) (Fiction YA Deming)


The Berlin Boxing Club
by Rob Sharenow (2011) (Fiction YA Sharenow)


See additional Boxing materials in the library collection. Also search by Boxers, or by individual names.


Canoe/Kayak Flatwater – Canoe/Kayak – Slalom

The Canoe: An Illustrated History
by Jim Poling (2000) (797.122 qPol)


The Practical Handbook of Kayaking & Canoeing: Step-by-Step Instruction in Every Technique, From Beginner to Advanced Levels, Shown in More Than 600 Action-Packed Photographs and Diagrams
by Bill Mattos (2014) (797.122 Mat)


Water’s Edge: Women Who Push the Limits in Rowing, Kayaking and Canoeing
by Linda Lewis (1992)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


See additional Canoeing materials in the library collection. |See additional Kayaking materials in the library collection.


Decathlon

The decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events. The word “decathlon” was formed, in analogy to the word “pentathlon”, from Greek δέκα (déka, meaning “ten”) and ἄθλος (áthlos, or ἄθλον, áthlon, meaning “contest” or “prize”). Events are held over two consecutive days and the winners are determined by the combined performance in all. Performance is judged on a points system in each event, not by the position achieved. The decathlon is contested mainly by male athletes, while female athletes typically compete in the heptathlon, until the early 2000s.

Traditionally, the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” has been given to the person who wins the decathlon. This began when King Gustav V of Sweden told Jim Thorpe, “Sir, you are the world’s greatest athlete” after Thorpe won the decathlon at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.

The event is similar to the pentathlon held at the ancient Greek Olympics, and also similar to a competition called an “all-around”, which was contested at the United States amateur championships in 1884. Another all-around was held at the 1904 Summer Olympics. The modern decathlon first appeared at the 1912 Games.

The vast majority of international and top level men’s decathlons, including at the Olympics, are divided into a two-day competition, with the track and field events held in the following order: (Day One) 100 Meters, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400 Meters; (Day Two) 110 Meter Hurdles, Discus Throw, Pole Vault, Javelin Throw, 1500 Meters.

For decades, the decathlon was contested mainly by maile athletes, while women performed a pentathlon (5 events) or septathlon (7 events). A Women’s Decathlon was only approved by the IAAF in 2001. Currently, the women’s decathlon includes the following events: (Day One) 100 Meters, Discus Throw, Pole Vault, Javelin Throw, 400 Meters; (Day Two) 100 Meter Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 1500 Meters.

See the books in the Athletics section of this list for reading recommendations on the sports of the Decathlon!


Diving

Swimming and Diving
by Christin Ditchfield (2000) (j797.2 Dit)


Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
by Paula Yoo (2005) (jB L511y)


Breaking the Surface
by Greg Louganis (Hoopla E-book)


Great Moments in Olympic Swimming and Diving
by Karen Rosen (Hoopla E-book)


Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption
by David Boudeia (Hoopla E-book)


The Easy Part of Impossible
by Sarah Tomp (2020) (Fiction YA Tomp)



Equestrian

Equestrian Events
by Bob Knotts (2000) (j798.2 Kno)


Horseback riding: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Secrets of Horseback Riding
by Caroline Stamps (2012) (j798.23 Sta)


The Photographic Guide to Schooling Your Horse: A Visual Guide to Training for Dressage, Jumping and Western Riding
by Lesley Bayley (2007) (798.2 qBay)


101 Jumping Exercises for Horse and Rider
by Linda Allen (Hoopla E-book)


Olympic Equestrian: The Sports and the Stories From Stockholm to Sydney
by Jennifer O. Bryant (2000)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


Second Chance: The Autobiography
by Mark Todd and Kate Green (2012)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


See additional Diving materials in the library collection.


Fencing

Fencer’s Start-Up: A Beginner’s Guide to Traditional and Sport Fencing
by Doug Werner (1997) (796.86 Wer)


The Art of the Foil: With a Short History of Fencing
by Luigi Barbasetti (1932) (796.86 Bar)


Fencing for Fun!
by Suzanne Slade (2009) (j796.86 Sla)


Fencing: Steps to Success
by Elaine Cheris (2002) (796.86 qChe)


Proud: Living My American Dream
by Ibtihaj Muhammad (2018) (YA PB (Non-Fiction) Muhammad)


An Introduction to Fencing
by F.C. Grove (Hoopla E-book)


Schools and Masters of Fencing
by Egerton Castle (Hoopla E-book)


Fence
by P.S. Pacat (2018) (Fiction YA PB (Graphic Novel) Pacat)


See additional Fencing materials in the library collection.


Football/Soccer

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team: An American Success Story
by Clemente Angelo Lisi (2013) (796.334 Lis)


One Life
by Megan Rapinoe (2020) (Biography Rapinoe)


Solo: Memoir of Hope
by Hope Solo (2012) (Biography Solo)


Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game
by Abby Wambach (2019) (155.333 Wam)


Mia Hamm
by John A. Torres (2000) (jB H183t)


When Nobody Was Watching
by Carli Floyd (2016) (Biography Lloyd)


You Can Be a Woman Soccer Player
by Tisha Lea Venturini (2000) (j796.334 Ven)


Great Moments in Olympic Soccer
by Thomas Carothers (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Soccer materials in the library collection.


Golf

Pure Golf
by Johnny Miller (1976) (796.352 Mil)


Ultimate Golf Techniques
by Malcolm Campbell (1996) (796.352 qCam)


Beginning Golf
by Julie Jensen (1998) (j796.352 Jen)


Babe Didrikson Zaharias
by Joe Levit (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Golf materials in the library collection.


Handball

Recess: From Dodgeball to Double Dutch: Classic Games for Players of Today
by Ben Applebaum (2016) (790.1 App)


Handball-Specific Endurance Training in Game-Like Situations (Tu15)
by Jorg Madinger (Hoopla E-book)


Handball-Specific Endurance Training With Fast Break Movements (Tu 8)
by Jorg Madinger (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Handball materials in the library collection.


Hockey (a.k.a. “Field Hockey”)

Field Hockey
by Elizabeth Anders (1999) (796.355 qAnd)


Girls Play Field Hockey
by David Anthony (2017) (j796.355 Ant)


An Insider’s Guide to Field Hockey
by Abigael McIntyre (2015) (j796.355 McI)


Field Hockey
by Emilie Dufresne (Hoopla E-book)


Field Hockey Firsts
by Jake Maddox (Hoopla E-book)


Don’t Hate the Player
by Alexis Nedd (2021) (Fiction YA Nedd)


We Ride Upon Sticks
by Quan Barry (2021) (Fiction Barry)


See additional Field Hockey materials in the library collection.


Judo

Judo Unleashed
by Neil Ohlenkamp (2006) (796.815 qOhl)


Judo for Fun: Sport Techniques
by Bruce Tegner (1970) (796.815 Teg)


The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Marital Arts, T’ai Chi and Aikido: A Step-by-Step Teaching Plan With Over 1800 Photographs and Illustrations: A Practical Guide to the Martial Arts of Tae Kwondo, Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Judo, Kung Fu, Kendo, Iaido and Shinto Ryu With a Special Focus on T’ai Chi and Aikido
by Fay Goodman (2010) (796.815 Goo)


My Fight, Your Fight
by Ronda Rousey (2015) (Biography Rousey)


Judo
by Annabelle Tometich (2015) (j796.815 Tom)


Judo
by Thomas Buckley (Hoopla E-book)


Judo Foundations
by Miquel Lopez (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Judo materials in the library collection.


Karate

Karate Science: Dynamic Movement
by J.D. Swanson (2017) (796.815 Swa)


Karate: The Japanese Way
by Mark Groenewold (2002) (796.815 Gro)


Karate
by Mark McNulty (2015) (j796.815 McN)


Beginning Karate
by Julie Jensen (1998) (j796.815 Jen)


Karate Kicks
by Stuart Schwartz (1999) (j796.815 Sch)


Let’s Do Karate!
by Carol Lindeen (2007) (j796.815 Lin)


Martial Arts
by Bob Knotts (2000) (j796.815 Kno)


Karate
by Kari Schuetz (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Karate materials in the library collection.


Modern Pentathlon

The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events; fencing (one-touch épée), freestyle swimming (200 m), equestrian show jumping (15 jumps), and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running (3200 m). This last event is now referred to as the laser-run, since it alternates four legs of laser pistol shooting followed by an 800 m run (for 3200 m in total). The event is inspired by the traditional pentathlon held during the ancient Olympics; as the original events were patterned on the skills needed by an ideal Greek soldier of the era, the modern pentathlon is similarly patterned on events representing the skills needed by infantry behind enemy lines. Please see the reading recommendations under each individual sport elsewhere in this list.


Mountain Bike

Mountain Bike!: A Manual of Beginning to Advanced Technique
by William Nealy (1992) (796.63 Nea)


Effective Cycling
by John Forester (2012) (796.6 For)


Serious Mountain Biking
by Ann Trombley (2005) (796.63 Tro)


Extreme Biking
by Jeanne Nagle (2016) (j796.6 Nag)


Mountain Bikes
by Jeff Savage (2003) (j796.63 Sav)


See additional Mountain Bike materials in the library collection.


Rhythmic Gymnastics (see also: Artistic Gymnastics)

The Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer’s Guide to Gymnastics
by Elfi Schlegel (2012) (j796.44 Sch)


Rhythmic Gymnastics
by Nadejda Jstrjembskaia (1999)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


See additional Rhythmic Gymnastics materials in the library collection.


Road Cycling

Bicycling Magazine’s Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills: Your Guide to Riding Faster, Stronger, Longer and Safer
by Ed Pavelka (1998) (796.6 Pav)


The Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual: The Universal Guide to Bikes, Riding and Everything for Beginner and Seasoned Cyclists
by Eben Weiss (2016) (796.6 Wei)


Anatomy of Cycling
by Jennifer Laurita (2013) (796.6 Lau)


Cycling
by Christin Ditchfield (2000) (j796.6 Dit)


Gold
by Chris Cleave (2012) (Fiction Cleave)


See additional Cycling materials in the library collection.


Rowing

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown (2013) (797.123 Bro)


The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
by Daniel James Brown (2015) (YA PB (Non-Fiction) M0on)


Sweep Rowing
by Charry David (Hoopla E-book)


Stop Drifting, Start Rowing
by Roz Savage (E-book)


The Great Sport of Rowing
by various authors (Hoopla E-book)


The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest For an Olympic Gold Medal
by David Halberstam (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Rowing materials in the library collection.


Rugby

Rugby Tough
by Bruce D. Hale (2002) (796.333 Hal)


Rugby: Steps to Success
by Tony Biscombe (1998) (796.333 qBis)


Rugby: A Player’s Guide to the Laws
by Derek Robinson (2002) (796.333 Rob)


Girls Play Rugby
by Emma Jones (2017) (j796.333 Jon)


See additional Rugby materials in the library collection.


Sailing

Essential Sailing
by Roger Marshall (2000) (797.124 Mar)


Ultimate Sailing
by Sharon Green (1998) (797.124 qGre)


Sailing for Beginners
by Moulton H. Farnham (1981) (797.124 qFar 1981)


The Complete Sailing Manual
by Steve Sleight (2017) (797.124 Sle)


See additional Sailing materials in the library collection.


Shooting (and Marksmanship)

The Marksmanship Primer: The Experts’ Guide to Shooting Handguns and Rifles
by Jim Casada (2013) (799.213 Cas)


The Gun Digest Book of Long-Range Shooting
by L.P. Brezny (2007) (623.44 qBre)


The Complete Illustrated Manual of Handgun Skills
by Robert K. Campbell (2011) (623.44 Cam)


The Expert’s Guide to Handgun Marksmanship for Self-Defense, Target Shooting, and Hunting
by Jim Casada (2015) (799.31 Exp)


Gun Digest Shooter’s Guide to Competitive Pistol Shooting
by Steve Sieberts (Hoopla E-book)


Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition
by Chad Adams (Hoopla E-book)


Gun Digest’s Combat Shooting Competition Training Concealed Carry eShort
by Massad Ayoob (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Marksmanship materials in the library collection.


Skateboarding

Mastering Skateboarding
by Per Welinder (2012) (796.22 Wel)


Skateboarding: Ramp Tricks
by Evan Goodfellow (2006) (796.22 Goo)


Street Skateboarding: Flip Tricks
by Evan Goodfellow (2005) (796.22 Goo)


Street Skateboarding: Endless Grinds and Slides
by Evan Goodfellow (2005) (796.22 Goo)


Skateboarding: New Levels: Trips and Tricks for Serious Riders
by Doug Werner (2002) (j796.22 Wer)


Hawk: Occupation, Skateboarder
by Tony Hawk (2000) (796.22 Haw)


Skateboarding
by Kristen Rajczak Nelson (2016) (j796.22 Raj)


Skateboarding Skills
by Ryan Stutt (2014) (j796.22 Stu)


Cool Board Tricks
by Ellen Labrecque (2013) (j796.22 Lab)


See additional Skateboarding materials in the library collection.


Sport Climbing

Climbing Manual: The Essential Guide to Rock Climbing
by Nigel Shepherd (2014) (796.522 She)


Rock Climbing: The Ultimate Guide
by Victoria Robinson (2013) (796.522 Rob)


Sport Climbing
by Edward A. Voeller (2000) (j796.522 Voe)


Rock and Ice Climbing
by Therese Shea (2016) (j796.522 She)


Rock Climbing
by Chris Oxlade (2004) (j796.522 Oxl)


See additional Climbing materials in the library collection.


Surfing

The Complete Guide to Surfing
by Peter L. Dixon (2001) (797.32 Dix)


Maverick’s: The Story of Big-Wave Surfing
by Matt Warshaw (2000) (797.32 War)


Surfing
by Tracy Maurer (2003) (j797.32 Mau)


Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku
by Ellie Crowe (2007) (jB K11c)


Men Who Ride Mountains: Incredible True Stories of Legendary Surfers
by Peter L. Dixon (2001) (797.32 Dix)


Surfing
by Ray McClellan (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Surfing materials in the library collection.


Swimming (and Marathon Swimming)

Mastering Swimming
by Jim Montgomery (2009) (797.21 Mon)


Complete Conditioning for Swimming
by Dave Salo (2008) (797.21 Sal)


Janet Evans’ Total Swimming
by Janet Evans (2007) (797.21 Eva)


Championship Swimming: How to Improve Your Technique and Swim Faster in Thirty Days or Less
by Tracey McFarlane Mirande (2005) (797.21 McF)


Godspeed: A Memoir
by Casey Legler (2018) (Biography Legler)


In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir
by Amanda Beard (2012) (Biography Beard)


Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph
by Yusra Mardini (2018) (Biography Mardini)


Swimming Studies
by Leanne Shapton (2012) (Biography Shapton)


Age is Just a Number: Achieve Yoour Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life
by Dara Torres (2009) (Biography Torres)


No Limits: The Will to Succeed
by Michael Phelps (2008) (Biography Phelps)


Michael Phelps: Beneath the Surface (2008 and 2016 editions released)
by Michael Phelps (2008) (Biography Phelps)


Swell: A Waterbiography
by Lenny Landreth (2018) (797.21 Lan)


Yusra Swims
by Julie Abery (2020) (j Biography Mardini)


Olympic Swimmr Duke Kahanamoku
by Ellie Crowe (2018) (j Biography Kahanamoku)


Michael Phelps
by Grace Hansen (2016) (j Biography Phelps)


Finding Ultra
by Rich Roll (2012) (Biography Roll)


Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
by Lynne Cox (2004) (797.21 Cox)


Swimming
by Clive Gifford (2010) (j797.21 Gif)


Let’s talk Swimming
by Amanda Miller (2009) (j797.21 Mil)


Marathon Swimming: The Sport of the Soul
by Paul Andrew Asmuth (Hoopla E-book)


Geese Are Never Swans
by Kobe Bryant (2020) (Fiction YA Bryant)


Flight From Berlin: A Novel
by David John (2012) (Fiction John)


Coming Up For Air
by Miranda Kenneally (2916) (Fiction YA PB Kenneally)


Swimming
by Nicola Keegan (2916) (Hoopla E-audiobook – Fiction)


See additional Swimming materials in the library collection.


Table Tennis

Table Tennis
by David Philip (1975) (796.346 Phi)


Table Tennis, Including International Rules of the Game
by Si Wasserman (1971) (796.436 Was 1971)


Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World
by Nicholas Griffin (2014) (951.05 Gri)


Table Tennis Triples
by Guenter Arndt (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Table Tennis materials in the library collection.


Taekwondo

Taekwondo
by Charles A. Stepan (2002) (796.815 Ste)


Taekwondo:A Philosophy and Culture
by Kyung Myung Lee (2001) (796.815 Lee)


Taekwondo Techniques and Tactics
by Yeon Hwan Park (1997) (796.815 Par)


Taekwondo Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Taekwondo – From Basic Kicks to Training and Competition
by Scott Shaw (2018) (796.815 Sha)


Taekwondo
by Paul Collins (2002) (j796.815 Col)


Taekwondo
by Doug Cook (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Taekwondo materials in the library collection.


Tennis

Tennis
by Clive Gifford (2010) (j796.342 Gif)


Seeing Serena
by Gerald Marzorati (2021) (Biography Williams)


But Seriously
by John McEnroe (2017) (Biography McEnroe)


Unstoppable: My Life So Far
by Maria Sharapova (2017) (Biography Sharapova)


Sisters and Champions: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
by Howard Bryant (2018) (j Biography Williams)


Venus and Serena Williams
by Madeline Donaldson (Hoopla E-book)


Tennis
by Ann Wendorff (Hoopla E-book)


Come to Win
by Venus Williams (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Tennis materials in the library collection.


Track Cycling

The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Fit, Fast, and Powerful in 6 Hours a Week
by Chris Carmichael (2009) (796.6 Car)


Anatomy of Cycling
by Jennifer Laurita (2013) (796.6 Lau)


Cycling Science: How Rider and Machine Work Together
by Max Glaskin (2012) (796.6 Gla)


Heroes, Villains and Velodromes: Chris Hoy and Britain’s Track Cycling Revolution
by Richard Moore (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Cycling materials in the library collection.


Trampoline

Extreme Trampoline
by Monique Vescia (Hoopla E-book)


Trampoline
by Jenny Fretland VanVoorst (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Trampoline materials in the library collection.


Triathlon

Swim, Bike, Run — Eat: The Complete Guide to Fueling Your Triathlon
by Tom Holland (2014) (796.425 Hol)


Triathlon 101
by John Mora (2009) (796.42 Mor)


The Women’s Guide to Triathlon
by Tara S. Comer (2015) (796.425 Wom)


Triathlon Manual: How to Train and Compete Successfully
by Sean Lerwill (2013) (796.425 Ler)


Strength Training, Cycling and Other Fitness Guides: Triathlon Training Edition
by various authors (Hoopla E-book)


Triathlete Magazine’s Guide to Finishing Your First Triathlon
by T.J. Murphy (Hoopla E-book)


Serious About Your Sport
by Adam Dickson (Hoopla E-book)


Triathlon
by Paul Cowcher (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Triathlon materials in the library collection. Or search by the three different parts of the race — swimming, running and cycling.


Volleyball

Volleyball
by Darlene A. Kluka (2000) (796.325 Klu)


Volleyball
by Christin Ditchfield (2003) (j796.325 Dit)


Beginning Volleyball
by Julie Jensen (1995) (j796.325 Jen)


Volleyball for Fun!
by Darcy Lockman (2006) (j796.325 Loc)


Volleyball
by Peter Douglas (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Volleyball materials in the library collection.


Water Polo

An Insider’s Guide to Water Polo
by Kenneth Zahensky (2015) (j797.252 Zah)


Water Polo: A Brief History
by William Henry (Hoopla E-book)


How to Play Water Polo
by L. deB Handley (Hoopla E-book)


Swimming: From Diving to Water Polo
by Jason Page (2008)
(This title is not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries — we encourage you to request it through our InterLibrary Loan service.)


See additional Water Polo materials in the library collection.


Weightlifting

Weightlifting
by Bob Knotts (2000) (j796.41 Kno)


Weightlifting for Beginners
by Dan Kent (Hoopla E-book)


Weight Lifting: The Comprehensive Guide to Weight Training – Learn How to Bulk Up and Increase You
by Julius Dilwen (Hoopla E-audiobook)


Weight Lifting and Weight Training: A Comprehensive Guide to Improving Your Health Through Weight
by Josh Anderson (Hoopla E-book)


Weight Lifting Training: Improving Your Overall Health Through Weight Lifting
by Amy Boyce (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Weight Lifting materials in the library collection.


Wrestling

Beginning Wrestling
by Thomas Ryan (2002) (796.812 Rya)


Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold
by Mark Schultz (2014) (Biography Schultz)


Wrestling
by Christin Ditchfield (2000) (j796.812 Dit)


A Basic Guide to Wrestling
by the United States Olympic Committee (2001) (j796.812 Bas)


Wrestling
by Don Nardo (2002) (j796.812 Nar)


Wrestling
by Joanne Mattern (Hoopla E-book)


Wrestling
by Walter Armstrong (Hoopla E-book)


See additional Wrestling materials in the library collection.


Broadcasters

And the Fans Roared: The Sports Broadcasts That Kept Us On the Edge of Our Seats
by Joe Garner (2000) (796 qGar)


I Was There! Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Jim Nantz, and Others Relive the Most Exciting Sporting Events of Their Lives
by Eric Mirlis (2016) (796 Mir)


You Can’t Make This Up! Miracles, Memories and the Perfet Marriage of Sports and Television
by Al Michaels (2014) (Biography Michaels)


The Only Game in Town: Sportswriting From the New Yorker
by David Remnick (2010) (796 Rem)


Cosell
by Howard Cosell (1973) (B C8172)



Olympics Controversies

Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel’s Deadly Response
by Aaron J. Klein (2005) (303.625 Kle)


Inside the Olympics: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals, and the Glory of the Games
by Richard W. Pound (2004) (796.48 Pou)


One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation “Wrath of God”
by Simon Reeve (2006) (303.625 Ree)


Olympics Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Gold Medal Gaffes, Improbably Triumpths, and Other Oddities
by Floyd Conner (2001) (796.48 Con)


Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games
by Jerry Caraccioli and Tom Caraccioli (2008) (Hoopla E-book)


The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936
by PBS Video (2016) (DVD 796.48 Naz)



Extras

Losers: Dispatches From the Other Side of the Scoreboard
by Mary Pilon (2020) (796 Los)


Olympic Portraits
by Annie Liebovitz (1996) (779 qLei)


Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports
by Gregory Zuckerman (2018) (j796.092 Zuc)


Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win
by Rachel Ignotofsky (2017) (j796.092 Ign)


LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (2017) (j796.086 Cro)


Women Olympic Champions
by Nathan Aaseng (2001) (j796.092 Aas)


Ladies First: Women Athletes Who Made a Difference
by Ken Rappoport (2005) (j792.08 Rap)


The Games
by James Patterson (2016) (Fiction Patterson)


A Game of Lies: A Hannah Vogel Mystery
by Rebecca Cantrell (2011) (Fiction Cantrell)


This booklist originally compiled by CR Jul 2021 | Converted for BookGuide and expanded by SDC Jul 2021