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Munich to Montreal: Women's Olympic Swimming in a Tarnished Golden Era (Signed Copy) by Casey Converse

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Munich to Montreal: Women's Olympic Swimming in a Tarnished Golden Era (Signed Copy) by Casey Converse

15.99

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Munich to Montreal: Women’s Olympic Swimming in a Tarnished Golden Era It has been called the greatest untold story of the Olympic Games. It’s a true tale of athletics as Cold War proxy battle, systematic steroid doping and an improbable comeback. After decades of dominance stretching back to the 1920’s, the USA women’s Olympic swim team entered the 1976 Games in Montreal as underdogs. The overnight ascendance of the female swimmers from the nation of East Germany had set the world’s most successful swimming nation back on its heals. What no one in America or the world could imagine at the time was that East German officials considered their athletes “sport soldiers”, pitting the communist regime against the west on the battlefield of international sport. And it would not be revealed until decades later that East Germany, a nation obsessed with gaining Olympic glory for “the State”, had implemented a systematic program of steroid doping its international athletes. The results of the doping in Montreal were stunning. East Germany, a nation that had previously never won an Olympic swimming event, arrived at the final race in Montreal with 11 gold medals. Munich to Montreal is a deeper look at one of the most revolutionary and tumultuous periods in Olympic Swimming history. The interval between the ’72 Munich Games and the ’76 Montreal Games saw the introduction of the first “technical” swimsuits for women and the overnight transformation of swim training brought about by the introduction of simple, functional swim goggles. During this period, America’s top women swimmers struggled to remain competitive with the East Germans before the widespread implementation of Title IX provided them scholarships, professional coaching and the opportunity to continue their careers in college. With one event left on the swimming program in Montreal the USA remained shut-out of the gold medals. Shirley Babashoff, America’s most prominent swimmer of the 1970’s, would anchor the USA’s 4x100 freestyle relay. World Record holder Kornelia Ender would lead the East German team. At the start of the “great race”, with a week of disappointment behind them and Kornelia Ender swimming away from the field, no one in the Montreal swim stadium gave the USA much of a chance in the battle for the final untarnished gold medal.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Keith “Casey” Converse has been coaching women’s swimming in the NCAA for more than 30 years. His teams at the United States Air Force Academy have accumulated more than 300 dual meet wins and two NCAA Division 2 Championships during his tenure. As an athlete Converse swam on the USA’s 1976 Men’s team in Montreal, finishing 12th in the 400 freestyle. The following year he became the first person to swim the 1650 under 15 minutes, winning the NCAA Championship and setting the American Record for the University of Alabama. With more than four decades observing the sport of swimming as an athlete and coach, Converse is in a unique position to reflect upon the obstacles facing the USA Women’s team in the revolutionary era of international swimming between the Munich Games and Montreal. In 2014 Converse served as Technical Consultant for the USA Swimming documentary The Last Gold, which chronicles the lead up to the Montreal Games and the epic final “great race” in Montreal between the USA women and the East Germans in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Munich to Montreal: Women’s Olympic Swimming in a Tarnished Golden Era It has been called the greatest untold story of the Olympic Games. It’s a true tale of athletics as Cold War proxy battle, systematic steroid doping and an improbable comeback. After decades of dominance stretching back to the 1920’s, the USA women’s Olympic swim team entered the 1976 Games in Montreal as underdogs. The overnight ascendance of the female swimmers from the nation of East Germany had set the world’s most successful swimming nation back on its heals. What no one in America or the world could imagine at the time was that East German officials considered their athletes “sport soldiers”, pitting the communist regime against the west on the battlefield of international sport. And it would not be revealed until decades later that East Germany, a nation obsessed with gaining Olympic glory for “the State”, had implemented a systematic program of steroid doping its international athletes. The results of the doping in Montreal were stunning. East Germany, a nation that had previously never won an Olympic swimming event, arrived at the final race in Montreal with 11 gold medals. Munich to Montreal is a deeper look at one of the most revolutionary and tumultuous periods in Olympic Swimming history. The interval between the ’72 Munich Games and the ’76 Montreal Games saw the introduction of the first “technical” swimsuits for women and the overnight transformation of swim training brought about by the introduction of simple, functional swim goggles. During this period, America’s top women swimmers struggled to remain competitive with the East Germans before the widespread implementation of Title IX provided them scholarships, professional coaching and the opportunity to continue their careers in college. With one event left on the swimming program in Montreal the USA remained shut-out of the gold medals. Shirley Babashoff, America’s most prominent swimmer of the 1970’s, would anchor the USA’s 4x100 freestyle relay. World Record holder Kornelia Ender would lead the East German team. At the start of the “great race”, with a week of disappointment behind them and Kornelia Ender swimming away from the field, no one in the Montreal swim stadium gave the USA much of a chance in the battle for the final untarnished gold medal.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Keith “Casey” Converse has been coaching women’s swimming in the NCAA for more than 30 years. His teams at the United States Air Force Academy have accumulated more than 300 dual meet wins and two NCAA Division 2 Championships during his tenure. As an athlete Converse swam on the USA’s 1976 Men’s team in Montreal, finishing 12th in the 400 freestyle. The following year he became the first person to swim the 1650 under 15 minutes, winning the NCAA Championship and setting the American Record for the University of Alabama. With more than four decades observing the sport of swimming as an athlete and coach, Converse is in a unique position to reflect upon the obstacles facing the USA Women’s team in the revolutionary era of international swimming between the Munich Games and Montreal. In 2014 Converse served as Technical Consultant for the USA Swimming documentary The Last Gold, which chronicles the lead up to the Montreal Games and the epic final “great race” in Montreal between the USA women and the East Germans in the 4x100 freestyle relay.