Swimming, Diving, and Other Water Sports

Swimming, Diving, and Other Water Sports

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One of the first sports included in the first modern Olympics of 1896, swimming includes contests of power and speed as well as contests measuring precision and artistic merit. This introductory guide gives a brief outline of each of the Olympic events listed below along with fun facts, Olympic stats, and outstanding competitors.
Publisher: New York : Crabtree Pub., c2008.
ISBN: 9780778740193
0778740196
Characteristics: 32 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.

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SPL_Childrens Jul 19, 2012

Did you know that diving was first invented by gymnasts about 300 years ago as a way to practise their moves, and that divers slice through the air toward the water as fast as 55 km/hour? Did you know that an Olympic swimming lane is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) in width, the butterfly is the hardest swimming stroke to master, and that Teflon is used in making Olympic swim suits? You may not realize that water polo was limited to men until the 2000 Sydney Olympics when women were first allowed to compete, and that players often swim up to 5 km during a water polo match. And did you know that one athlete, the winner of five gold Olympic medals, later became a Hollywood star? (Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller later played Tarzan in various movie productions.)

There are plenty of attention-grabbing did-you-know facts in this slim book and in the other seven books of the “Olympic Sports” series for children by Jason Page. Some of the other series titles are Gymnastics Events, Decathlon, High Jump and other Field Events and Rowing, Sailing, and other Sports on Water.

For added interest, the author has drawn comparisons to various animals. (For instance, the massive manta ray, which swims by beating its huge fins like underwater wings, would be the butterfly swim champion at an Animal Olympics.)

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