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The Making of Champions: Soviet Sports for…
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The Making of Champions: Soviet Sports for Children and Teenagers

by Miriam Morton

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This isn't the easiest book to find, but is definitely a worthwhile find, especially for those who remember being amazed at the Soviet domination in Olympic athletics. Myself, I tracked down the book mostly to see the chapters on gymnastics, but did enjoy reading the entire book.

Be forewarned, though, that the book definitely does have the air of propaganda about it. It was written by an American author after her interviews there, and published by an American company, but some of what is presented still seems like too much whitewashed sunshine to be taken at face value. I almost had the impression reading it that the Soviets had very carefully censored what she saw and who she talked to, and that she had been gullibly taken in.

Despite that, there were some lovely tidbits - for example, a story about how overweight girls weren't turned away from rhythmic gymnastics, but instead segregated into their own classes.
  miki | Jul 11, 2007 |
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Discusses the importance of sports in Soviet life and the various types of sports in which Russian children participate.

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