About.com Children’s Books - Elizabeth Kennedy
High-Tech Olympics provides a fascinating introduction to the impact that advances in technology have had on the Olympic Games. Both sports and technology fans will be intrigued by how much changes in technology have affected sports training and equipment and most importantly, world records and other scores.
The Format and Contents
The book is divided into 2-page chapters, each a double-page spread, with paragraphs of text and one or more color photographs. Just looking at the chapter titles will give you an idea of what aspects of the Olympic Games and technology are featured: Olympic Dreams, On the Track, Jumping and Throwing, Training to the Top, In the Pool, On the Water, On Your Bike, Seconds and Milliseconds, Winter Olympic Technology, High-tech Paralympics, Catching the Cheaters and The Future.
For example, the On the Track chapter covers shoe technology, starting blocks, running suits and South Paralympic title winner Oscar Pistorius, who runs on artificial legs that are constructed of wood and carbon fiber. (Note: After this book was published, South Africa announced that Pistorius would be competing for his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London). In addition to a photograph of Pistorius competing, the double-page spread includes a photograph of 400-meter gold medal winner Cathy Freeman at the Sydney Olympics wearing a running bodysuit that includes a tight-fitting hood. Besides the main paragraphs, additional information is provided in colorful text boxes.-Elizabeth Kennedy About.com Children’s Books 7/25/2012
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July 25, 2012