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2012 Summer Olympic Reading List

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Excited to see just how many more gold medals Michael Phelps will take home? Stoked to see if Beach Volleyball duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will bring home the gold with a third Olympic win in a row?

In just a week, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off in London and there is no better way to prep for the Games of the XXX Olympiad than with some light reading on the grand event and its past and present all-star athletes.

No Limits: The Will to Succeed by Michael Phelps

Beneath the Surface by Michael Phelps

Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life by Misty May-Treanor

Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, A Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold by Bryan Clay

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum

Winning Balance: What I've Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living your Dreams by Shawn Johnson

Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu

Igniting the Flame: America's First Olympic Team by Jim Reisler

See also: The Summer Olympics: History and Resources  

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2012 Olympics reading list

Oh, and there's Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe (Knopf 2010; paperback U. Of Nebraska's Bison Books March 2012). Thorpe's Olympic centennial is this year, 2012. He won the pentathon AND decathlon in Stockholm at the Vth Olympiad, becoming the first Olympic superstar.

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