OLYMPIC REVIEW79OBITUARIESThe IOC was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Mohamed Mzali, IOC member in Tunisia, at the age of 84. Mr Mzali held a number of ministerial posts in his country(defence, health and education) beforebecoming Tunisian Prime Minister in 1980 for six years. He played an important role inTunisian sport during his career. He wasPresident of the Tunisian Olympic Committeefrom 1962 to 1986; President of the TunisianFootball Federation in 1962 and 1963;President of the International Committee forthe Mediterranean Games from 1979 to1987; and President of the OrganisingCommittee for the Mediterranean Games in Tunis in 1967.Elected as an IOC member in 1965, hewas a member of the Executive Board from1973 to 1980; Vice-President from 1976 to1980; President of the International OlympicAcademy from 1977 to 1988; and a memberof the following Commissions: Press andPublic Relations (1967-1972), Informationand Cultural (1973-1974), Press (1974-1980), Tripartite (1977-1980) and Cultureand Olympic Education (since 2002).A professor, Mr Mzali was a real sportslover, practising volleyball, football, tennis and walking. He was the author of manyworks on politics, history and Olympism (inFrench and Arabic), including "OlympismToday" and "Un Premier Ministre deBourguiba témoigne" (2004).MOHAMEDMZALIIOC MEMBER SINCE 1965 DIEDAT THE AGE AT OF 84The IOC was greatly saddened to learn of thedeath of Anton Geesink, IOC Member from theNetherlands, at the age of 76. A great athleteand a 10th dan judoka, Mr Geesink was anOlympic gold medalist in Tokyo in 1964 and a World Judo Champion in 1961, 1964 and1965. He also won 21 European JudoChampionship titles, was Dutch judo championseveral times and a three-time nationalchampion in Greco-Roman wrestling.Mr Geesink dedicated his entire career tothe promotion of sport and its values. He wasan advisor to the Dutch Secretary of State forSport, an honorary member of the InternationalJudo Federation (IJF) and a lifetime honorarypresident of the European Judo Union.Elected as an IOC member in 1987, he wasa member of the Sport for All Commission, amember of the Evaluation Commission for theXIX Olympic Winter Games in 1996, and adelegate member for members' responsibilitiesfrom 1992 to 2001. Since 2002, he played an active role during the Olympic Games asdelegate member for Games Observation.A teacher by profession, Mr Geesink waspart of the Royal Military Academy in Breda and a professor at the Academy of PhysicalEducation in Amsterdam and the CentralInstitute for the Education of Sports Teachers in Overveen. He was also a national andinternational judo instructor and coach.Mr Geesink received a number ofprestigious distinctions throughout his career,including the Queen's Order of Knight of OranjeNassau, the Prix de l'Académie Française, andthe Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. He was anhonorary doctor in letters at Tokyo's KokusikanUniversity, unanimously elected to the IJF Hallof Fame in 2003, and national sportsmanof the year in his country four times. The City ofUtrecht honoured him with a statue in the citycentre in 1995. He was the author of elevenbooks and articles on judo and sports education.ANTONGEESINKOLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST AND IOC MEMBER DIED AGED 76PENTTILINNOSVUODouble Olympicchampion PenttiLinnosvuo died on13 July at the age of77. Linnosvuo beganhis Olympic career at 19 in hishome town at the Helsinki Gamesin 1952. Four years later inMelbourne, he won gold in the50m free pistol event, thusbecoming the first Finnish Olympicchampion in shooting. In 1960, hereturned from the Rome Gameswith a silver medal in the 25mpistol (rapid fire). In 1964, he tookthe gold medal in the same event in Tokyo. In Mexico City for his fifthGames, he was the flag-bearer ofthe Finnish delegation. He alsoserved on advisory bodies of theNOC. In 1998, he received theGrand Cross of Merit of FinnishSport and Physical Culture, thehighest distinction for sportsachievement in Finland.
This book appeared just four days after theClosing Ceremony in Vancouver, which mustbe an Olympic record! In spite of the hastein which the book was produced, there is no evidence it has affected the quality. The editor Volker Kluge is an experiencedOlympic historian and, together with his wife Gabi, heworked on some of the elements of this book long beforethe start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.The printing quality is great, the photographs arefabulous and even though the main focus of this book is onthe performances of the German team, it also covers theefforts of other nationalities. The opening pages, both images and text, list theresults of the German team; followed by a day-by-dayaccount of the various Olympic events and the results fromthat day (an Olympic diary). This is followed by various well informed authorswriting about each individual sport; alpine skiing; cross-country skiing; ski-jumping; nordic combined, freestyleskiing, snowboard, biathlon and figure skating; before a section consisting of other subjects including the OlympicTorch Relay, a section about Canada and an interestingchapter by ISOH President Karl Lennartz about the historyof the Olympic Winter Games. This is then followed by reviews of the other sports onthe programme in Vancouver: speed skating, short track,luge, skeleton, curling, bobsleigh and ice hockey. As usual,the final chapter consists of: "Facts and Data". For me it is remarkable that the small country of Norway,with less than five million inhabitants, has won no less than 107 gold, 104 silver and 88 bronze medals over thehistory of the Winter Games.Right Ole Einar Bjoerndalen has contributedhandsomely to Norway's impressive Winter medal haul80OLYMPIC REVIEWWITH GLOWING HEARTS / DES PLUSBRILLANTS EXPLOITS:THE COMMEMORATIVE BOOKOF THE 21STOLYMPIC WINTER GAMESAND 10TH PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES VANOC, edited by Alison Gardiner. Published by: J. Wiley & Sons, 2010, ISBN 9780470736180, 397pages, in English and French (bilingual).Produced under the guidance of the Vancouver OrganisingCommittee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic WinterGames (VANOC) and its brand and creative services director,Alison Gardiner, With Glowing Hearts/Des plus brillants exploitsis THE official commemorative book of the 21st Olympic Winter Games and 10th Paralympic Winter Games. Featuringhundreds of photographic images, this powerful visualrepresentation of the essence of the Games recounts the storyof the 27 days of sport from every angle and perspective.Taking as its title the Games mottos - "With Glowing Hearts"and "Des plus brillants exploits", from the Canadian nationalanthem - this magnificent book captures not just the officialevents and actual Games, but also the lesser-known, oftenuntold human stories that unfolded behind the scenes: rich incolour and raw emotions, capturing the spirit of this once-in-a-lifetime, truly international experience.THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INJURY IN OLYMPICSPORTS: VOLUME XVII OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF SPORTS MEDICINEEd. by Dennis J. Caine, Peter Harmer and MelissaSchiff. Published by: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2010,ISBN 9781405173643, 600 pages, in English.The series of Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine has beenpublished by the IOC Medical Commission since 1988 with theprincipal objective of enhancing the medical and health care of athletes. The 16 volumes have covered a wide variety oftopics in sports medicine and the sport sciences and attend toboth basic biological and clinical considerations. Epidemiologyof Injury in Olympic Sports covers what is known about thedistribution and determinants of injury rates in each sport. The editors and contributors have taken an evidence-basedapproach and adopted a uniform methodology to assess thedata that is available. Each chapter is illustrated with tables,which makes it easy to examine injury factors both within asport and between sports. For each Olympic sport and event,the injury statistics have been studied and analysed by the co-editors and contributing authors in terms of types of injuries,time and location, risk factors, and inciting conditions. With theoverall goal of decreasing the incidence of injuries for athletesin the future, careful consideration has been given to theissues of the prevention of these injuries and the presentationof guidelines for future research. This is an invaluable reference book for medical doctors, physical therapists andathletic trainers who serve athletes and sportsteams.LES JEUX OLYMPIQUES:600 VICTOIRES INCROYABLES,RECORDS INSOLITES, HASARDSETRANGES, DESTINSINIMAGINABLES, COUPS TORDUS,SPORTS IMPROBABLES, LOOSERSMAGNIFIQUES ET AUTRES BIZARRERIESFloyd Conner. Published by: La Maison d'Edition, 2010,ISBN 9782360260027, 217 pages, in French. Squaw Valley, 1960: Austrian Ernst Hinterseer wins gold in themen's slalom. His name crops up time and time again in booksabout the great Olympians, but when do we ever hear anythingabout the South Korean Kyung Soon-Yim, who participated inthe same event that same year and whose knowledge of alpineskiing was limited to what he had read on the discipline and aminimal amount of training on grass slopes? Floyd Conner -sports journalist and author of a number of books such as TheOlympics' Most Wanted and This Date in Sport History -eschews the official lists of results and big names in favour of a more human, and humorous, take on the Games. Divided intothemes, his short anecdotes chronicle factual events, funnyepisodes and memories of ill-fated courses to remind us that the history of the Games is also about the ten year-old child who helped the Dutch team win the coxed pair gold in 1900 in Paris and whose name history haslong forgotten. Selection proposed by the IOC Library, 1, Quai d'Ouchy, P.O. Box 1001, Lausanne, Switzerland. Tel. +41 (0)21 621 66 11. Fax +41(0)21 621 67 18. Visit the website www.olympic.org/library (loans service, on-line catalogue, list of new acquisitions, lists of themed bibliographies).UNSER OLYMPIABUCH; BY HEINZ FLORIAN OERTEL AND KRISTIN OTTO;PUBLISHED BY "DAS NEUE BERLIN VERLAGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH"; ISBN:978-3-360-01994-3; 239 PAGES; PRICE: ?20,60; EDITED BY VOLKERKLUGE; REVIEWED BY TONY BIJKERK.VANCOUVER2010