Olympic Gold

Olympic Gold

Robin Poke AM and Kevin Berry

Murdoch Books

Olympic Gold follows the inspirational journeys of Australia’s 74 individual gold medallists, at both the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games. Australia has enjoyed an unbroken involvement in the modern Olympics, from Edwin Flack’s double-gold on the track at the first modern Games in 1896, to Lydia Lassila’s acrobatic feats on the ski slopes of Vancouver in 2010.

Chronicled along the way are Australia’s many famous victories in the swimming pool, including Fanny Durack, Australia’s first female Olympic gold medallist, alongside the lesser-known triumphs of the likes of Donald Mackintosh and Dick Eve. Also vividly described are the era-defining achievements of Olympic icons such as Herb Elliot and Cathy Freeman.

Olympic Gold tells the story of some of the nation’s most iconic sporting heroes, written by authors with an unparalleled insight into their epic achievements, providing a unique perspective on their journey to the top of the podium. The authors range from esteemed journalists and coaches to family members, and in some cases even the athletes themselves.

These are remarkable stories about remarkable people – that elite group of individuals who have reached for the stars, beaten the odds and won gold at the most prestigious sports event in the world.