Book of the Week: Celebrating the Olympics
The 2012 Olympics will begin on Friday July 27th in London, England. In celebration, here are some great resources at Purchase College Library and online that will get you in the Olympic spirit.
Meet Team USA:
This is the official online guide to the American Olympic athletes. Search by season, sport, or name. http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes.aspx. You can also see schedules, medal counts, video clips, and the Opening Ceremonies at http://www.nbcolympics.com/index.html
Olympics in Art:
Learn about the origins of the Greek Olympics and its depictions in art and artifacts by reading this book, which includes historical information about the earliest Games as well as great images.
Political Aspects of the Olympics:
Learn about the dark side of the Olympics including: negative economic impacts on recent host cities, how Olympic host cities are chosen, bribery investigations, grassroots resistance movements, and the role of the mass media in perpetuating Olympic hype.
Olympics and Ethics:
Olympics on Film:
Olympia [videorecording] / Leni Riefenstahl.
A classic sports film– or classic Nazi propaganda? This 1938 documentary follows the Berlin Olympics of 1936 and was the first film of the Olympics ever made. It was directed by Leni Riefenstahl, a female cinematographer with ties to the Third Reich. For interesting background on this film, see this article from The Sport Journal.
Chariots of fire [videorecording]/directed by Hugh Hudson.