The Winter Olympics: An Insider’s Guide to the Legends, Lore, and the Games by Ron C. Judd

2016-12-17T12:15:53-08:00By |

Flashbacks, gruesome accounts, victories relived, analysis, and competitors’ profiles of the Winter Olympics are revealed in Ron C. Judd’s captivating compendium titled The Winter Olympics: An Insider’s Guide to the Legends, Lore, and the Games. Judd doesn’t just report the scores, the times, the winners and the losers. He relays the human drama that unfolds during the Games—the glorious victories and, yes, the gut-wrenching agonies—the very stuff that becomes tomorrow’s lore and legends. Ron C. Judd is like a Joseph Campbell of the Olympic Games. He writes of transcendent experiences, of impossible feats, and, he says, “of moments that are beyond description.”  But describing these moments is exactly what he does. Judd deftly captures and vividly relates the escalation of emotions, the split-second moments that separate the winners from the losers after decades of day-in and day-out grueling training, the sweaty reality of the Olympics along with the heady glory and magic he has witnessed and experienced first-hand. The guide covers the history and beginnings of the Winter Games and the athletes who compete in them. Judd, a self-professed “ring-head” has been covering the Olympics as a journalist since the Nagano Games in 1998. He has been following the Games since he was in high school, which was when the 1980 Olympics took place in Lake Placid, New York. Your interests about sport categories such as Curling will be piqued. Thanks to this entertaining guide, I finally understand how it is played and scored. And why it [...]