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In Pursuit of Excellence

A Student Guide to Elite Sports Development, 1st Edition

By Michael Hill


136 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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Competitive sport is today about winning and training to win. Many athletes are professionals, with careers managed by teams of specialist staff working towards the ultimate goal of world-class, medal-winning performances.

This entry-level text offers new students a comprehensive introduction to the phenomenon of the pursuit of excellence in sport, covering the key issues and talking points including:

  • the history and tradition of sporting excellence
  • comparisons of elite high-performance sport programmes in Australia, the USA, East Germany and France
  • the historical, social, political and economic impacts of sporting excellence in the UK
  • current issues and debates, including drugs in sport
  • the future for high-performance sport.

With a clear framework for understanding and exploring key issues, questions for discussion, websites and suggestions for further reading, In Pursuit of Excellence is an ideal introduction for AS, A Level and undergradute students.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Sporting Excellence - the Concept 2. Sporting Excellence - an Historical Overview 3. The Long Winding Path- Sport Excellence in the UK 1950-1990 4. Atlanta 1996 - an Olympic Failure Too Far 5. Comparative Study – Four Case Studies a. Australia: Why Are They Winning? b. Vive la France c. USA - No 1 d. The GDR 6. World Class at Long Last – UK Sport Excellence 2000+ 7. Win at All costs? – the Art of Gamesmanship 8. Citius, Altius, Fortius, Pharmacus – Drugs in Élite Sport 9. What the Future Holds 10. Current View Contacts for Further Research Index

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Student Sport Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports