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First to the Wall, 100 Years of Olympic Swimming Paperback – November 3, 1999

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"Swimmers-young and old - in addition to parents, coaches and sports buffs, will enjoy and learn from this well-researched history of Olympic Swimmers. You'll be amazed at some of the performances and stories the authors have found buried in swimming's archives. And you'll find good doses of inspiration and humor as well. First to the Wall should be in every swimming and sports library." -- Jeff Farrell, Double Gold Medalist and Masters Swimmer

"Two words -- Loved it!" -- Mark Henderson, Gold Medalist (Atlanta 1996)

About the Author

Kelly Gonsalves resides in East Longmeadow, MA, and is the mother of four swimmers. Gonsalves has been active in age-group swimming for fourteen years.

Susan LaMondia, mother or three, also resides in East Longmeadow, MA. LaMondia has made a career in the fields of recreation and public education.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Freestyle Pubns Inc (November 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967417104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967417103
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perfectly balanced: history and funny facts. A great tribute to Olimpic heroes. Essential for those who love swimming and Olimpic Sports.
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This is a great book featuring the first 100 years of the Olympics. It has lots of time charts and pictures. Reading is interesting and well written. I purchased this book for my 11 year old grandson who is a swimmer and he loves it. He was amazed at how slow the early swimming times were. We talked a lot about the why of this. Most of the books written about swimmer Olympians is too difficult. There is only one concern. The book only goes through to 1996. I wish they would make a follow up book. Great documentary on the first 100 years of Olympic swimming. I read it before I gave it to my grandson. If you have a child swimming, this would make a great gift for him or her.
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This is a must read for all seriously swimmers or fans of Olympic swimming. I enjoy it a lot. I hope the author or the publisher will have a updated version covering up to London Olympics. Lot of interesting insights and great untold stories.
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