How Many Olympic Books?
I’ve been oddly fascinated with the Olympics recently. In past years, I kinda swore off the event because it just seemed like too many human interest stories and not enough sports. Certainly, it requires a tremendous amount of perserverance and hardwork to reach a lofty goal such as participating in the Olympics. But in previously, they just kept running these “Johnny was sent to bed one night without dessert when he was nine. But he fought back against the adversity, and now here he is in the skeet shooting finals!” pieces. This year, however, it seems like they’ve found a decent balance of sport and story.
So here’s the question of the day: How many books by/about our Olympic athletes will be written? The Michael Phelps achievement is a shoe-in, but who else? Maybe the gymnasts? Coach K on the story of redeeming (hopefully) USA Basketball? An inspirational tome with workout details from Dara Torres?
What do you think?
UPDATE: Looks like Torres already has that book deal. Here’s some info from Publishers Marketplace back at the end of July: