Archive for February 2nd, 2018

Take Ten: Winter Olympics!

The 2018 Winter Olympics get underway next week in PyeongChang, South Korea, and we’re ready to curl up and watch curling, jump on to the couch to watch ski jumping, and, well you get the idea.

If the constant commercials haven’t yet gotten you in the mood, stop in and grab one of the following items to get some inspiration – to watch and maybe to dream!

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BOOKS

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team – Wayne R. Coffey

  • Looks back at one of the greatest moments of twentieth-century sports history, the victory of the U.S. hockey team over the Soviet Union, assessing the meaning of the triumph and the paths of the players and coaches on both sides since 1980.

The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics – David Wallechinsky

  • Offers a compendium of statistics, stories, and images that span the history of the Winter Olympics.

Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge – Nathaniel Vinton

  • A journey into the world’s original extreme sport: downhill ski racing.

Landing It: My Life On and Off the Ice – Scott Hamilton

  • The Olympic champion skater recalls his life, from a childhood spent fighting a disease that stunted his growth to eventual triumph in the 1984 Olympics and the later revelation that he had contracted testicular cancer.

My Sergei – Ekaterina Gordeeva

  • The Olympic gold medalist offers an account of her life with her skating partner and husband, Sergei Grinkov, from their first introduction and successive skating championships, to their marriage, to the fatal heart attack that took Sergei’s life.

A Skating Life – Dorothy Hamill

  • A memoir by the Olympic gold medalist shares the secrets of her private life, from her difficulties with her alcoholic father and her emotionally distant mother to her ex-husband’s fatal plane crash and her own struggles with depression and bankruptcy.

Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World – Andy Bull

  • Traces the efforts of four American athletes from disparate backgrounds to win the gold medal for bobsledding during the 1932 Olympics, profiling how the American public, deep in the grip of the Great Depression, rallied around their achievements.

Zero Regrets – Apolo Anton Ohno

  • The gold medal-winning Olympic speed skater shares his inspiring personal story and life lessons learned through training and competition.

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MOVIES

Cool Runnings

  • Four young men form Jamaica’s first bobsled team, in hopes of competing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.

Eddie the Eagle

  • With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie Edwards takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

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