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THE OLYMPIC ODYSSEY: Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games

Invoking the original spirit of the olympics, Cousineau writes about the passionate display of excellence in mind, body, and soul all in one spectacular festival. Despite recent scandals, this ideal is as vital today as it was when the Games began nearly 3,000 years ago.

Cousineau weaves together myths and fables with modern anecdotes to emphasize the transcendent element that uplifts athlete, trainer, and spectator alike.

Themes include the philosopher coach, the festival dramas of ceremony and ritual, and the curious devotion of fans and fanatics--all in anticipation of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

The U.S Olympic Committee selected this book to be presented to all U.S. athletes competing in the 2004 summer games in Athens. (Quest)