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Curl to Win: Expert Advice to Improve Your Game by Russ Howard 

Russ Howard has been called “curler of the century” and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame last year. The champion curler told CBC his most memorable win came at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Turin when he won gold with skip Brad Gushue. "There was so much different pressure at that, with 70 million people watching our final game," Howard said. "You're representing your country. At my age it was my last and only chance to win an Olympic medal In his book, Russ Howard offers help to first-time curlers and players who want to improve their delivery and better understand strategy. Howard coaches teams around the world, has won more Briers than anyone (107), and has also won multiple World championships. 
by Erin Balser
The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics by David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky 

If you’re looking for the all-in guide to the Winter Olympics, this is it. With nine editions to its name, this book covers results (medals tables, timing, distances, scores), as well as historical anecdotes, photographs and Olympic lore. The LA Times calls it, “The ultimate Olympic source book.” The 2014 edition is available in ebook format, but you can get the 2010 Vancouver edition in print. 
by Erin Balser
Patriot Hearts: Inside the Olympics that Changed a Country by John Furlong with Gary Mason

“An extraordinary story of visionary leadership, love of country and the ability to dream boldly.” In this memoir, John Furlong reflects on his job bringing the 2010 Olympic Games and 2010 Paralympic Games to life in Vancouver. The former athlete with a background in community service was pulled into the  bidding process back in 1996 as spokesperson and made the Olympics his life until their completion.“The most interesting parts of the book are the insider accounts of the strategic moves, conflicts, and petty ego clashes involved in staging such a colossal event,” says Quill & Quire.  “Throughout the book, Furlong comes across as an eternal optimist, and his belief in the power of sport to change the world frequently verges on Pollyannaish. But by the end, it is clear Furlong’s particular brand of zeal, perseverance, and focus is required to put on such a complicated and successful spectacle.” 
by Erin Balser
Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold by Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, as told by Steve Milton 

Two-time world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold in Vancouver (the youngest team in history to do so) and won over our hearts. With their own reality show airing on the W Network and this book, you can be well versed before this pair hits the ice during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and try to win it all again. Plus, the book comes with a bunch of amazing childhood photographs (they started skating together as kids!). 
by Erin Balser
Off the Chain: An Insider's History of Snowboarding by Ross Rebagliati

Canadian snowboarding hangs its hopes on 20-year-old Mark McMorris, the guy with the risky moves credited with elevating the whole competition, and with an MTV reality show. But before Mark McMorris, there was Canadian Ross Rebagliatti who brought heaps of attention to the sport when he won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 1998, then lost it, then got it back.In Off the Chain, Rebagliati talks about the early days of the sport and where it’s going as well as what people really want to know: more details about his gold medal and the pot scandal that ended his career and brought snowboarding into the mainstream. 
by Erin Balser
Where Countries Come To Play: Celebrating The World of Olympic Hockey and ahe Triple Gold Club by Andrew Podnieks

If you love hockey and want a history of hockey at the games from 1920 to 2010, then this book is for you. It contains archival information from the International Ice Hockey Federation and rare photographs of games, players and memorabilia. The book contains information leading up to 2014 Sochi and a detailed appendix of hockey stats. Podnieks has written more than 55 books on hockey and has covered three Olympics and nine World Championships.The Triple Gold Club is a name for players who have won an gold medal at the Olympic Games, a Stanley Cup and World Championship. 
by Erin Balser
Gold Medal Diary: Inside the World's Greatest Sports Event by Hayley Wickenheiser 

Hayley Wickenheiser, the incredible six-time Olympian, will be suiting up for the Canadian women’s hockey team once again. She also has the honour of being Canada’s flag-bearer in the 2014 opening ceremony. In her book, Wickenheiser reveals what it’s like to be an Olympian and live through the most high-pressure, high-profile sporting event in the world. Readers will feel like they are there, in the private moments of the athletes’ village and at the public ceremonies. Wickenheiser writes about what it feels like to live in a hyper-intense environment among friends, rivals, media, security and more. 
by Erin Balser
Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games by Christopher A. Shaw 

Christopher A. Shaw is a professor of neuroscience at UBC and a co-founder of the advocacy group No Games. You can bet he is not a big supporter of the Olympic Games. The book includes information on the motivations behind Vancouver’s bid and who was involved. Five Ring Circus also considers all the major players: government, business, corporate media and the anti-Olympics resistance. Quill & Quire writes, “Shaw’s book is a first-rate exposé. It lays out information to which all Canadians (especially British Columbians) should have paid attention before Vancouver, blinded by Olympic hype, acquiesced to hosting the Games – and footing the bill.” 
by Erin Balser

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