Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) is the motto of the International Olympic Committee. After listening to Les Woodland's The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories the listener might wonder if the motto should be Sillier, Loonier, Crazier. There is the gentle rower who was winning his race when he stopped his scull to avoid scattering a mother duck and her ducklings - we'll let you listen to the book to find out how he did - and the American socialites who showed up for a golf game in Paris and accidentally ended up in the Olympic golf contest. There was so much confusion that year they never learned one of them had become Olympic champion. Oh, and the men's Olympic golf champion had actually journeyed to Paris to play tennis. Shooting live pigeons was an event in the 1900 Olympics, but there's no mention today of the competition out of embarrassment over the 300 dead and maimed birds that revulsed the spectators. We can't forget the Jamaican bobsled team nor the Russian KGB colonel who rigged the scoring in fencing and managed to create an international incident. They are all in The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories, along with dozens more athletes who managed to attain fame they would rather not have earned. In addition to the 50 stories of competitors behaving badly, or at least oddly, Les Woodland has sprinkled collections of interesting and sometimes improbable Olympics facts throughout, making The Olympics' 50 Craziest Stories fun from cover to cover. As the author of 26 books, Les Woodland knows how to tell a story and here he's in fine form. Join him in his trip to the crazy side of sports. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David L. Stanley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037603/bk_acx0_037603_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was a hard battle and it took time to sink in that it was finally behind us. The medical and surgical teams from the Neurology department at the University of Chicago must have been totally drained working in an unique environment once the go ahead was received for their high impact life-saving intervention. I was dying, poisoned by my legs that had spread their poison slowly but surely upwards before they were amputated too late. To think, Grandpa ‘J’ played rugby for Scotland and thought it too dangerous a game, so he got me a motocross bike for my fourth birthday! This was fantastic. This was not just pushing the boundaries of science. This was stepping right into science fiction: This was science fiction going mainstream. I eye-typed my first ever question from inside my new world to be read - and heard - by the outside real world: “How are you?” It has taken me 27 years to fully transit from the physical world to an all embracing virtual one but still one where I could look back into the old world. Where I could still be part of the real world. Where I could, for the first time in 27 years, turn my head even though it was weighing the better part of two tons. I was 41 when I died on the Moon.I had an accident, cracking my weakened scull, allowing the escaping brain fluids and some brain matter to contaminate what may well have been the only other wet spot on the Moon. A salty frozen puddle that has most probably never seen sun, shielded in a shallow crater on the rim of the Northern Lunar pole. A Sci-Fi story with a twist. Some people go to the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland. I went to the Moon. It was not a suicide mission. It was a celebration to be me mission. It was as much a public relations exercise as a first in scientific expedition. Nobody understood that better than my Mom with her blog. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Blair. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/141938/bk_acx0_141938_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.