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Patriot Hearts: Inside the Olympics That Changed a Country

Patriot Hearts: Inside the Olympics That Changed a Country

作者 : John Furlong/ Gary Mason

出版社 : Baker & Taylor

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A riveting insider's account of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and an extraordinary story of leadership, love of country and the ability to dream big.

When John Furlong and his family emigrated from Ireland in 1974, the customs officer greeted them with "Welcome to Canada. Make us better," an imperative that has defined Furlong's life ever since. A passionate athlete with a track record of community service, he was roped into acting as spokesperson for Vancouver's incipient Olympic bid movement back in 1996, and then spent the next fourteen years living and breathing the Olympics. Furlong and his organizing team, including some 25,000 volunteers, orchestrated a remarkable Winter Games. Patriot Hearts is the story of how they did it.

Early on Furlong realized the Olympics weren't about highways and buildings and tourism, they were about people: the athletes, and everyday Canadians who wanted to see their country shine on the world stage. He defined a vision for the games that would capture the hearts and minds of Canadians, and held to it with unwavering determination. Working with Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason, Furlong recounts the lead-up to the Games and describes how he handled seemingly insurmountable setbacks
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作者介紹
Gary Mason
Gary Mason is a national affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. Previously, Mason spent 19 years at the Vancouver Sun in various capacities, including a seven-year stint as a popular sports columnist. He has received the prestigious Jack Webster Award for journalism five times and has won two National Newspaper Awards.

John Furlong
John Furlong was the leader behind the team that organized and delivered the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to unprecedented, positive reviews the world over. Prior to his appointment as CEO of the Vancouver Olympic Committee in 2004, Furlong was the president and chief operating officer for the Vancouver 2010 Bid, clocking more than 1.2 million miles in his effort to promote Vancouver’s candidacy. Furlong has been involved with athletics all his life, having competed at the international level in basketball, European handball and squash. He was recently named Canada’s Sports Executive of the Year. For his contributions to the province and country he was recently announced an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of B.C.

For more on John Furlong and Patriot Hearts, visit patriothearts.ca.
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