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OLYMPIC REVIEW79OBITUARIESFINNHELGESENFormer Olympic speed skatingchampion Finn Helgesen has died atthe age of 92. Helgesen won goldfor Norway in the 500m at the 1948Winter Games in St Moritz in a newOlympic record time of 43.1seconds - a mere 0.1 secondsahead of three skaters who finishedin the silver medal position.IZTOK PUCSlovenian handball player Iztok Puchas died at the age of 45. He is theonly handball player who hasrepresented three different countriesat the Olympic Games (Yugoslavia,Croatia and Slovenia), winning bronzewith Yugoslavia in 1988 and goldwith Croatia in 1996. In 2009, hewas named the best overall player inthe history of Slovenian handball.GÉZA TÓTHHungarian weightlifter Géza Tóth hasdied at the age of 79. He won asilver medal in the men's light-heavyweight event at the 1964Olympic Games.ROGERCHRISTIANRoger Christian, who has passedaway aged 75, won gold with theAmerican ice hockey team at the1960 Winter Games. He wasinducted into the United StatesHockey Hall of Fame in 1989.Jorge Herrera Barona, former President of theColombian National Olympic Committee, has died at theage of 82. He was NOC President from April 1989 toFebruary 1997. He represented his country in athleticsat the Bolivarian Games in Lima (Peru) in 1947, andwas a national shotput and discus champion. His otherroles included serving as Director General of the 1971Pan-American Games in Cali and as an honorarymember of the Executive Committee of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO).JORGEHERRERABARONAFORMER PRESIDENT OF THE COLOMBIAN NOCAmerican boxing legend Joe Frazierpassed away in November at the age of67 following a brief battle with cancer. The former world heavyweight boxingchampion won Olympic gold at theTokyo Games in 1964 after being calledup as a replacement for an injuredBuster Mathis. Frazier went on to winthe world heavyweight title in 1970 afterdefeating Jim Ellis. He then became thefirst man to beat Muhammad Ali, whenthe pair faced each other in the "Fightof the Century" in 1971. Ali and Frazier fought again in1974, with Ali winning, before they metin another world title bout in 1975 in afight dubbed the "Thrilla in Manila",which Ali won.JOEFRAZIERHEAVYWEIGHT BOXING LEGENDWHO WON OLYMPIC GOLD FORUSA IN TOKYO IN 1964 BEFOREBEATING MUHAMMAD ALIBelowFrazier won heavyweight gold in1964 after replacing the injured BusterMathis at the Tokyo Games

With preparations underway for the 2012Olympic Games, London is set to becomethe first city to have hosted the modern-day Games three times, having previouslystaged the event in 1908 and 1948. Withits multi-billion pound budget, new sportingarenas, Olympic villages and high-speedrail links, London 2012 is a far cry from the 1908 and 1948Games. Author Janie Hampton takes a detailed look at themain aspects of the 1908 and 1948 Olympic Games, whichtook place in much more austere times.The 1908 Olympic Games were originally scheduled tobe held in Rome, but when Vesuvius erupted on 7 April1906, the Italian government had to pull out to concentrateon the reconstruction of Naples. Berlin and Londonsubsequently bid to hold the Games and, on 24 November1906, the IOC named London as the 1908 host city.Within the space of just two years, London successfully80OLYMPIC REVIEWorganised the Games, at the same time as the Franco-BritishExhibition to commemorate the Entente Cordiale, with theOlympic Stadium, White City Stadium, built in under a year.In 1948, still recovering from the bombings of World War II, Britain hosted the Games again. The rebuilding ofLondon, which had been particularly badly damaged, was farfrom complete. In a period of austerity that saw severe food,clothing and petrol rationing, no new sports stadiums werebuilt for the Games and the organisers had to make do withexisting facilities. Through sheer tenacity they overcame eachand every obstacle, including a shortage of equipment andterrible weather conditions.This history of the London Games, packed with pictures,information and anecdotes, is a timely and fascinatingchronicle of the Games of another age, showing just howmuch sport has changed over the last hundred years. In2008, Janie Hampton also published The Austerity Olympics,which focuses specifically on the 1948 Olympic Games.Right The Opening Ceremony of the 1948 Olympic Gamesin London, which Hampton revisits in her bookSUSTAINABILITY AND SPORTJill Savery. [et al.]. Published byCommon Ground, 2011. ISBN:9781863359122. 295 pages, in EnglishSustainability and Sportis a compilationof current expertise on sport and sustainability from 34practitioners and academics in the field, who share theirmost important insights on a range of issues with a viewto making sport more sustainable. It is a best practiceguide for the sports industry, providing concretesuggestions to help those involved in sport eventmanagement take account of sustainability. The third part of the book is devoted to promotingsustainability at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.Chapters 10 and 11 take a look back at the 2010 OlympicWinter Games in Vancouver, while Chapter 12 examinesthe influence of the Olympic Movement with regard tosustainable development. The subsequent chapters focus on the London 2012Olympic Games and the failed Chicago 2016 bid.Interestingly, Jill Savery, co-author of the book, was amember of the American team that won a gold medal in synchronised swimming at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. SPORT: ENTREZ DANSLA ZONE, VOYAGE AUCOEUR DES EXPÉRIENCESINTÉRIEURESDamien Lafont. Published by Amphora,2011. ISBN: 9782851808073. 159pages, in FrenchWhat is this mysterious 'zone' that so many athletes talkabout? "I felt that the moment of a lifetime had come. Therewas no pain, only a great unity of movement and aim. Theworld seemed to stand still, or did not exist. The only realitywas the next 200 yards of track under my feet," said RogerBannister after running the first sub four-minute mile. Thezone is a feeling of euphoria that erases doubt and fatigue. It is this state that occurs during those moments whereeverything seems perfect, everything falls into place naturally,everything becomes simple and fluid, as if the body knowswhat was the right move. Because if the zone is a mentalstate, our body is also part of the game. In Back to the Zone!,Damien Lafont sheds new light on this hidden dimension ofsport and relatively new term in sports culture. This book is afascinating investigation conducted with the help of leadingspecialists in the field: athletes, coaches, writers andresearchers all fascinated with or touched by the zone. So far,this experience seemed accessible only to a limited circle ofchampions. Back to the Zone!shows that we all havepotential within us to create this state and is an invitation toseek, to experiment, to find not 'the' zone but our zone of excellence. An amazing book that changes our vision of sport and life.UNDERSTANDING THE OLYMPICS John Horne and Garry Whannel.Published by Routledge, 2011. ISBN:9780415558365, 239 pages, in EnglishThe Olympic Games is unquestionably thegreatest sporting event on earth, but how did the Gamesevolve into this multinational phenomenon? How can anunderstanding of the Olympic Games help us better tounderstand international sport and today's society? Andwhat will be the true impact and legacy of the LondonOlympic Games in 2012? Understanding the Olympicsanswers all these questions, and more, by exploring the fullsocial, cultural, political, historical and economic context ofthe Olympic Games. It traces the history of the OlympicMovement from its origins in ancient Greece to its revival in the 19th century, culminating in the modern mega-eventof today. The book introduces the reader to all of the keythemes in contemporary Olympic Studies, including culture, urban development, politics, nationalism andinternationalism, equality, political economy and the media. It offers a comprehensive and thoughtful introduction to theOlympic Games, making this essential reading for anybodywith an interest in the Games, the wider relationshipbetween sport and society.Selection proposed by the IOC Library, Olympic Studies Centre, 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 www.olympic.org/library to learn more about our services.JANIE HAMPTON. PUBLISHED BY SHIREPUBL., 2011. ISBN: 9780747808220, 48PAGES, IN ENGLISHLONDONOLYMPICS1908AND1948