While A to Z Olympics started with the 2020 April A to Z blogging challenges, I got a bit carried away. With expanded material and proper footnotes, this little history covers a potpourri of subjects. Guaranteed to whet fan appetite after a year of Olympic postponement, these essays run the gamut from Archery to Zagunis. From ancient Olympia to the most modern “X Games” sports planned for Tokyo 2020/1.
Click HERE if you’d like to read a sample excerpt.
It’s a smorgasbord of information to get enthusiasts ready for Tokyo 2020, 2021, and beyond!
(I’m also working on adding purchase links here, too, but Amazon, Apple, and other links work perfectly well for now.)
Outside the Rio Spotlight
Some of the American heroes who succeeded in Rio are coming back for another try. Wrestlers Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder, shot putter Raven Saunders, and the dominant U.S. women’s water polo and rowing eight will be back in Tokyo 2020. Their earlier Olympic experiences are chronicled in my first book about the 2016 Games:
Outside the Rio Spotlight tells the tales of a dozen athletes—record-breakers, notable pioneers, and all-around thrilling competitors—overlooked in the prime-time TV coverage obsessed with sprinters, soccer legacies, and “angry faces.” These are stories of courage and American excellence at its peak, centering on the lesser-known sports like judo, rowing, BMX, and fencing.
Told in the style of 16 Days of Glory, the book details the tournaments for these athletes who compete-–with little funding and even less hype–for the love of their sport and the honor of their country, which is the essence of the Olympics.
These athletes did it whether anyone was watching or not.
You can purchase the book here directly either in print or for digital download. The print version includes free media mail shipping within the U.S. The digital format includes either a MOBI or ePub version, which you can download to your Kindle, Nook, or other reader. After paying via Paypal (a Paypal account is not required, just put in your payment info), you will be able to access the digital file. You’re already here — why not go for it!
You can also purchase print copies directly from Amazon, as well as being able to purchase and download the eBook from iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.