Summer Olympics


You only have a few days until the 2008 Summer Olympics begin. Need to be sure that you have the rules for water polo straight before the matches begin? Want to begin training for 2012? The second floor of the Downtown Library is featuring a display of Olympian books--from history of games past to training for events. Don't delay honing your fencing skills 'til 2011!


Cool display. I particularly like the historic aspect of some of the books. The Naked Olympics sounds interesting. It goes into what it would have been like at the ancient Olympic games. Then, there is Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream which looks equally informative. Two books cover the Munich Olympics and its story: Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team and Striking back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response.

Fans of photographer Annie Leibovitz should check out her book of Olympic portraits. It's a unique look at athletes, behind the scenes, preparing for the 1996 Atlanta summer games.

The Bentley Historical Library website has a great link to the University of Michigan athletes that are competing in this year's Olympics as well as those who have competed in past years.