The Book of Olympic Lists

A Treasure-Trove of 116 Years of Olympic Trivia

By David Wallechinsky; Jaime Loucky
(Aurum Press, Paperback, 9781845137731, 192pp.)

Publication Date: May 2012

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From the authors of The Complete Book of the Olympics comes an entirely new take on the Games—where else will readers find a list of the top 10 shaven-headed Olympians?


David Wallechinsky has a uniquely vast knowledge of the Olympics and an unrivaled head for trivia, and now the two are combined in this collection of 150 unexpected Olympic lists, including the eight slowest Olympic competitors, the 12 strangest sports ever contested, and the six most spectacular collisions and falls. This quirky compendium of the unusual, the unknown, and the downright bizzare is more than simply a book of lists—Wallechinsky elaborates and expands on the reason for an athlete or incident's inclusion, to create a winning, and highly addictive, alternative history of the Olympics.

About the Author

David Wallechsinky has worked as a commentator for NBC Olympic coverage; his work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine and Parade; and he has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Nightline. He has produced nine editions of The Complete Book of the Olympics, as well as the bestselling Book of Lists, in collaboration with his nephew Jamie Loucky. He divides his time between Geneva and California. 

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