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Inside the Olympics A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals and the Glory of the Games

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ISBN-10: 0470838701

ISBN-13: 9780470838709

Edition: 2006

Authors: Richard W. Pound

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The Olympics began as a competition dedicated to excellence, integrity, ethics, and purity. More recently, this ideal has been eroded by greed, corruption, and scandal--from bribery, to doping, to cheating, to politics, to exploitation. The Games have changed from an association of amateur athletes in pursuit of excellence to a business that's all about money. "The betrayal of the fundamental values of the Olympics has created damage that could bring the whole movement into danger of collapse if something is not done soon," says Dick Pound, long-time, high-ranking member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This book tells the inside story of what really goes on behind the scenes of the Olympic Games, from one of the IOC's top insiders. Dick Pound has been a member of the IOC for over 25 years, has served for many years on the Executive Board, ultimately rising to second-in-command and vying for the top job. He narrowly missed being elected President when Juan Antonio Samaranch stepped down in 2001. Pound knows where all the bodies are buried, and will reveal the full inside story-both good and bad-of the Olympics. He is privy to, and will share, inside information on many controversial events and issues surrounding the Olympics, including: the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, the figure skating judging fiasco of the 2002 Winter Olympics, doping scandals, how several Olympic Games never happened, and the politics, backstabbing, and intrigues that take place behind the scenes.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Going Home
Who Guards the Guards: Judging
Performance Cheats: Doping
The Flame Flickers: Politics and Terror
Playing Fair: Human Rights
Keeping Corporate Company: Sponsorship
Broadcast Bonanza: TV Rights
Selecting Olympic Hosts (Zeus Help Us)
Passing the Torch: Samaranch
Sports Organization Acronyms
Olympic Games Host Cities