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Swimming star Lisa Forrest was only sixteen years old when she found herself at the centre of one of Australia's most significant sporting and political moments, the controversial boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. In this meticulously researched and compellingly written book, Lisa tells her story for the first time, taking us from her early strokes in the local pool of a Sydney beachside suburb, to death threats and public denunciation by both politicians and the media. through interviews with everyone from the Prime Minister of the day, Malcolm Fraser, to members of the AOC, sports administrators, journalists and the athletes themselves, she also takes us behind the scenes of an extraordinary and far-reaching chapter in Australian sporting history, as our amateur athletes struggled to compete in an increasingly professionalised international arena. But, most movingly, Boycott is the story of those athletes who defied the inducements and pressure coming from the highest levels, maintaining that the Olympics was about peace, not politics and chose to follow their dream.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780733322952
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 1 Mar 2008
Publisher: ABC Books
Publication City, Country: Sydney, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.3(H) x 15.3(L) x 2.3(W)
Weight (gm): 452

 

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Sporting history/social history

 

Author Biography

Lisa Forrest is an Olympic swimming champion, successful author, media host and actor. Lisa was just fourteen when she burst onto the international swimming scene in 1978. She won the hearts of the Australian public when, with a 10,000 watt smile and a ton of personality, she participated in numerous international competitions. At 16, Lisa captained the Australian swimming team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Today, Lisa is one of Australia's most popular media figures. She has written 3 books for children and in 2008, Lisa published BOYCOTT the story behind Australia's controversial involvement in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Boycott: The Story Behind Australia's Controversial Involvement in the 1980 Moscow Olympics
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