Swimming, Diving, and Other Water Sports

Swimming, Diving, and Other Water Sports

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the swimming and diving events in the Olympic games, including relays, synchronized swimming, and water polo, and includes Olympics trivia and the history of each event at the games.

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& Taylor

This entertaining series provides children with a fascinating overview of each event that is included in the Summer Olympic games, including its history, rules, equipment, famous Olympians, and Olympic moments.

Publisher: New York : Crabtree Pub., c2008
ISBN: 9780778740193
0778740196
Branch Call Number: J 797 PAG
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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SPL_Childrens Jul 19, 2012

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 12

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