VeloPress is the leading publisher of books about endurance sports because of its world-class authors. VeloPress authors are top experts in their fields and their clearly illustrated books help athletes develop the knowledge, fitness, and skills to meet any challenge.

33 active VeloPress authors have close connections to the Olympics. Many are Olympians, Olympic medalists, or have coached athletes who have competed in the Olympic Games. For many of these athletes and coaches, the Olympic Games have offered the pinnacle of competition on the world’s biggest stage. Our authors tell us that the feeling of walking into the stadium during the Olympic opening ceremonies is unmatchable. The Olympics can be humanity at its best.

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Eddy Merckx races the clock in Mexico, 1972. Photo from Merckx 525.

 

Yet the duality of sports is evident at the Olympic Games, too. For every winner, there are many who fail. For many sparkling performances, there are athletes whose victory was stolen by the taint of cheating. In his new book, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, sports journalist Mark Johnson explores how the deals made behind closed doors keep drugs in sports. Johnson confronts the corrupt sports federations and anti-doping agencies, sponsors and media, athletes and teams to carefully consider what it will take to kick drugs out of sports for good. Johnson has been in the news in the lead-up to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games for interviews on sports doping and the Russian doping scandal. Spitting in the Soup is highly relevant to the Olympics, telling the story and intention of Pierre de Coubertin’s founding of the modern Olympic Games and includes Charles Hicks’ shocking marathon win at the the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Knud Enemark Jensen’s death at the 1960 Olympic road race, the introduction of Olympic corporate sponsorship at the 1986 Los Angeles Olympics, and the role of dietary supplement sponsors in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. Read online excerpts here.

VeloPress hopes that the 2016 Summer Olympics continue as a celebration of sport. We invite you to explore the many Olympic connections between VeloPress books and authors below.

While you’re watching the Olympics, try out some VeloPress books using these selected Workouts, Drills, Stretches, and Exercises You Can Do While Watching the Olympics.

And don’t miss the VeloPress 2016 Summer Olympian Sale! 

Since VeloPress has 33 Olympics-related authors, we’ll offer you 33% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING on any book marked “2016 Summer Olympian Sale“. There are nearly 40 books available through this offer! Just use the coupon code “2016Olympians” during checkout. Sale expires after the Rio Closing Ceremonies on August 21.

RUNNING

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America’s most versatile runner, Alan Culpepper

Over the course of his 25-year racing career Alan Culpepper proved to be one of the most consistent and versatile distance runners in American history. From the mile to the marathon, Culpepper has the best range of any American runner to date. He is a two-time top 5 Boston Marathon finisher, a two-time Olympian, and set the fastest American debut marathon time at the 2002 Chicago Marathon (since broken). Culpepper is one of only three Americans in history to have run a sub-4-minute mile and also a sub 2:10 marathon. Culpepper ran for Team USA 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. In the 2000 Sydney Games, he competed in the 10,000 meters, and in 2004 in Athens, he ran the marathon. Take a look at his book Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner or see videos of Alan demonstrating some of his favorite warm-ups, stretches, drills, and cool-downs from the book here.

All three authors of Hansons Marathon Method have Olympic experience. Running coaches Keith and Kevin Hanson have coached professional runner Desi Linden, who will run for Team USA in the 2016 Olympic marathon. Co-author and coach Luke Humphrey is a two-time Olympic trials competitor.

Roisin McGettigan-Dumas is co-author with Lauren Fleshman of five books in the Believe Training Journal Series. Ro was a four-time All-American runner and European Indoor Medalist and represented her homeland of Ireland in the 2008 Olympics.

Bobby McGee is an internationally certified track and field coach whose athletes have produced world records, won world championships, and been consistently ranked amongst the best in their events. He coaches runners and triathletes, and has prepared athletes to compete at the Summer Olympics from 1996 through 2016. McGee is head coach of Team USA’s triathlon team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. See Bobby’s book Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes which offers over 100 run workouts including base, tempo, speed, intervals, hills, and track workouts for the variety of runs that will bring new speed and strength.

How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle, a new book on mental toughness and sports psychology by Matt Fitzgerald, includes chapters on Steve Prefontaine at the 1972 Summer Olympics and Nathan Cohen and Joe Sullivan’s incredible upset at the 2012 Summer Olympics Men’s Double Scull rowing event. Enjoy a chapter on Jenny Barringer Simpson here.

Mario Fraioli is an Olympic-level running coach and former senior editor of Competitor magazine. Mario began coaching runners in 2004 and has guided dozens of age-group runners to personal bests and Boston Marathon qualifying times. Mario was a coach for the 2012 Costa Rican Olympic marathon team, where he guided Cesar Lizano to a 65th-place finish in the men’s marathon. His book The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide to Marathon and Half-Marathon Training is a friendly guide for new marathon runners.

Danny Abshire, a founder of the shoe manufacturer Newton Running, has helped Olympic runners and triathletes to improve their running form and gait with improved technique, shoe fit, and custom orthotics. In his book Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running, Abshire shows how runners can learn a natural running technique, even while wearing modern shoes.

Monique Ryan, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD is an internationally recognized sports nutritionist with nearly 30 years of professional experience helping elite and age-group endurance athletes and professional, major-league sports teams to optimize their nutrition. Ryan has worked with USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, Synchro Swimming USA, the Timex Multisport Team, Chicago Fire MLS Soccer Team, and four professional cycling teams. Her book Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is the only comprehensive resource to sport-specific nutrition guidelines for short- and long-course triathlon; road, criterium, and mountain bike racing; 10K, half-marathon, and marathon; and sprint and distance swimming. Her book Performance Nutrition for Winter Sports offers countless menus and strategies for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hockey.

Lewis G. Maharam, MD, is one of the world’s most extensively credentialed and well-known running health experts. He helped Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi return to health after a season-ending knee injury. Dr. Maharam’s book Running Doc’s Guide to Healthy Running is a comprehensive book on running injuries that can help you solve your aches and pains for years of healthy running.

SWIMMING

Sheila TaorminaSheila Taormina Swim Speed Secrets 72dpi 400x500p is a 4-time Olympic athlete and gold medalist. Sheila competed in swimming, triathlon, and modern pentathlon. Her Swim Speed Series of swim technique books examine the swimming technique of huge roster of Olympic swimmers and gold medalists including Peter Vanderkaay, Ashley Whitney, Mark Spitz, Margaret Kelly, Aaron Peirsol, Elizabeth Beisel, Rowdy Gaines (now NBC’s swimming event commentator), Melanie Margalis, Andrew Gemmell, Allison Schmitt, Vladimir Morozov, Ariana Kukors, and Rebecca Soni. Margalis, Schmitt, and Beisel will swim for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Check out tips, drills, and underwater photos of the Swim Speed athletes here.

Elite triathlon coach Gale Bernhardt is one of a handful of USA Triathlon World Cup coaches and has coached athletes in two Olympic Games. She traveled to Athens, Greece as the 2004 USA Triathlon Olympic Coach for both the men’s and women’s triathlon teams. Gale’s books of training plans and workouts include Training Plans for Multisport Athletes, Training Plans for Cyclists, Swim Workouts for Triathletes, Bicycling for Women, and contributions to Workouts in a Binder for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches.

Eric Hansen has national and international experience as a member of the U.S. National Team as an athlete and coach. In 2004 he coached an athlete who won a gold medal and set a World Record at the Olympic Games. Hansen is coauthor of Workouts in a Binder® for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches, a waterproof book of swimming workouts and training plans for all four competitive strokes.

Monique Ryan, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD is an internationally recognized sports nutritionist with nearly 30 years of professional experience helping elite and age-group endurance athletes and professional, major-league sports teams to optimize their nutrition. Ryan has worked with USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, Synchro Swimming USA, the Timex Multisport Team, Chicago Fire MLS Soccer Team, and four professional cycling teams. Her book Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is the only comprehensive resource to sport-specific nutrition guidelines for short- and long-course triathlon; road, criterium, and mountain bike racing; 10K, half-marathon, and marathon; and sprint and distance swimming. Her book Performance Nutrition for Winter Sports offers countless menus and strategies for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hockey.

TRIATHLON

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2-time British Olympic trials swimmer, Matt Dixon

Elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon is a former professional triathlete and two-time Olympic trials finalist in swimming. Take a look at Dixon’s book The Well-Built Triathlete: Turning Potential into Performance which reveals the approach he has used to turn age-group triathletes into elite professionals and champions.

Elite triathlon coach Gale Bernhardt is one of a handful of USA Triathlon World Cup coaches and has coached athletes in two Olympic Games. She traveled to Athens, Greece as the 2004 USA Triathlon Olympic Coach for both the men’s and women’s triathlon teams. Gale’s books of training plans and workouts include Training Plans for Multisport Athletes, Training Plans for Cyclists, Swim Workouts for Triathletes, Bicycling for Women, and contributions to Workouts in a Binder for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches.

Bobby McGee is an internationally certified track and field coach whose athletes have produced world records, won world championships, and been consistently ranked amongst the best in their events. He coaches runners and triathletes, and has prepared athletes to compete at the Summer Olympics from 1996 through 2016. McGee is head coach of Team USA’s triathlon team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. See Bobby’s book Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes which offers over 100 run workouts including base, tempo, speed, intervals, hills, and track workouts for the variety of runs that will bring new speed and strength.

Monique Ryan, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD is an internationally recognized sports nutritionist with nearly 30 years of professional experience helping elite and age-group endurance athletes and professional, major-league sports teams to optimize their nutrition. Ryan has worked with USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, Synchro Swimming USA, the Timex Multisport Team, Chicago Fire MLS Soccer Team, and four professional cycling teams. Her book Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is the only comprehensive resource to sport-specific nutrition guidelines for short- and long-course triathlon; road, criterium, and mountain bike racing; 10K, half-marathon, and marathon; and sprint and distance swimming. Her book Performance Nutrition for Winter Sports offers countless menus and strategies for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hockey.

CYCLING

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Cycling’s greatest sprinter, Mark Cavendish

Dr. Allen Lim is a sports physiologist, cycling coach, and a founder of Skratch Labs, a manufacturer of performance hydration mixes and the world’s first active nourishment company. He coached the Team USA track cycling team for the 2004 Olympic Games and has since coached several elite cyclists in preparation for the 2016 Olympics. Lim has since coached several athletes for Olympic competition and his books with chef Biju Thomas, The Feed Zone Cookbook and Feed Zone Portables, are widely praised by elite athletes and Olympians.

Mark Cavendish is the indisputable greatest sprinter in cycling. With over 25 Tour de France stage wins, Milan-San Remo, the Tour’s points jersey, a dozen stage wins in the Giro and Vuelta, multiple Olympic gold medals, and victories in road and track world championships, no other sprinter in history can boast as many prestigious wins. See his books Boy Racer and At Speed and read a chapter from his books and stories on Cav from Richard Moore’s book Etape.

Bradley Wiggins is a professional cyclist and Britain’s most decorated Olympic athlete. Wiggins has won seven Olympic medals and four Olympic gold medals. See his book My Time, which spans two seasons including his nearly perfect 2012 season during which he won 7 time trials, Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie, Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de France, and the Olympic Time Trial.

Chris Carmichael was an Olympian and a professional cyclist before beginning his career as a coach, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. He has coached elite cyclists since 1990, was recognized as the U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2003. He served as the men’s road coach for the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team during the 1992 Olympic Games, and was the head coach for the U.S. Cycling Team for the 1996 Olympic Games. Carmichael’s VeloPress books include The Time-Crunched Cyclist and The Time-Crunched Triathlete.

Cyclist Greg LeMond, America’s only recognized winner of the Tour de France, was selected to race for Team USA at the 1980 Olympics at the age of 18. The boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow prevented him from racing. LeMond is featured in Richard Moore’s bestseller Slaying the Badger and is celebrated in this fall’s book Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer.

Chris Horner is one of cycling’s most popular and observant riders, blessed with a rare ability to read a race in progress and describe it fluently afterward. The veteran cyclist Horner led the 2012 U.S. Olympic squad and currently rides for RadioShack-Leopard-Trek, where his veteran counsel and unflappable temper make him the go-to guy for tactics, race smarts, and planning. Horner is a contributing author to Reading the Race:Bike Racing from Inside the Peloton, in which race announcer Jamie Smith and Horner team up to deliver a master class in bike racing strategies and tactics.

Dr. Andrew Coggan, as a result of his pioneering work in cycling training with power meter data, was honored in 2006 by USA Cycling with their Sport Science Award and named a Finalist for the US Olympic Committee’s Doc Counsilman Award. His book with Hunter Allen, Training and Racing with a Power Meter, is the definitive guide to understanding cycling power meter data and using that data to improve training and racing performance.

Andy Pruitt, EdD was the Chief Medical Officer for U.S. Cycling at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. His book Andy Pruitt’s Complete Medical Guide for Cyclists is a comprehensive manual on bike fit and on treating and preventing common cycling injuries.

Simon Burney served as manager of the Great Britain mountain bike team in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. He is a renowned cyclocross coach and author of Cyclocross Training and Technique.

Bob Mionske, JD has loved cycling and bicycle racing since the age of six, when he taught his grandmother to ride a bike. A two-time Olympian, he made the winning break in the 1988 Olympic road race and finished mere inches out of the bronze medal. In 1992, Bob was again selected for the U.S. Olympic road team, this time assisting teammate Lance Armstrong to a fourteenth-place finish. See Bob’s book Bicycling & the Law: Your Rights as a Cyclist, which Mionske wrote to be the primary resource for cyclists to consult when faced with a legal question.

Monique Ryan, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD is an internationally recognized sports nutritionist with nearly 30 years of professional experience helping elite and age-group endurance athletes and professional, major-league sports teams to optimize their nutrition. Ryan has worked with USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, Synchro Swimming USA, the Timex Multisport Team, Chicago Fire MLS Soccer Team, and four professional cycling teams. Her book Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is the only comprehensive resource to sport-specific nutrition guidelines for short- and long-course triathlon; road, criterium, and mountain bike racing; 10K, half-marathon, and marathon; and sprint and distance swimming. Her book Performance Nutrition for Winter Sports offers countless menus and strategies for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hockey.

As a track cyclist, Erin Mirabella placed fourth in the points race in 2004 Olympic games. She represented the United States in both the 2000 and the 2004 Olympic Games. In 2006, Erin was awarded the prestigious Jack Kelly Fair Play award by the United States Olympic Committee for sportsmanship. Established in 1985, the award is presented to an athlete, coach or official for an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship displayed during the past year. Her illustrated children’s books Gracie Goat’s Big Bike Race and Shawn Sheep the Soccer Star encourage children to overcome their fears and make good team players. In 2006, Erin was awarded the prestigious Jack Kelly Fair Play award by the United States Olympic Committee for sportsmanship. Established in 1985, the award is presented to an athlete, coach or official for an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship displayed during the past year.

Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team by Tim Lewis tells the story of Adrien Niyonshuti, who earned a slot to compete at the London Olympic Games.

Former professional cyclist Michael Barry placed 8th in the Beijing Olympics road race. See his book Inside the Postal Bus: My Ride with Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Cycling Team.

Jim Ochowicz is a two-time Olympic cyclist and former speedskater who cofounded the 7-Eleven cycling team in 1981. He was co-author with Geoff Drake of the book Team 7-Eleven: How an Unsung Band of American Cyclists Took on the World—and Won. The book includes the story of the founding of Team 7-Eleven with Olympic speed skater Eric Heiden and covers the medal-winning performances of team members at the 1986 Los Angeles Olympics.

WINTER SPORTS

HermannMaier_HMB_400phStanding as a giant in the ski world, Hermann Maier dominated his field of competition. He was apprenticed as a bricklayer and worked as a skiing instructor before starting his incredible career as a ski racer: two-time Olympic champion in 1998, two-time world champion, three-time overall World Cup winner. His book Hermann Maier: The Race of My Life is the shocking, engaging, and ultimately inspiring autobiography from one of skiing’s most electric figures.

From 1995 to 1999, Raul Guisado worked for the U.S. Ski Team as a World Cup/Olympic coach and strength and conditioning coach. He was a coach in the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Take a look at his book Crosstraining for Endurance Athletes.

Ron LeMaster has been a technical advisor to the U.S. Ski Team and a trainer for the Vail/Beaver Creek Ski School. See Ron’s book The Essential Guide to Skiing: 201 Things Every Skier Must Know.

Monique Ryan, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD is an internationally recognized sports nutritionist with nearly 30 years of professional experience helping elite and age-group endurance athletes and professional, major-league sports teams to optimize their nutrition. Ryan has worked with USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, Synchro Swimming USA, the Timex Multisport Team, Chicago Fire MLS Soccer Team, and four professional cycling teams. Her book Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is the only comprehensive resource to sport-specific nutrition guidelines for short- and long-course triathlon; road, criterium, and mountain bike racing; 10K, half-marathon, and marathon; and sprint and distance swimming. Her book Performance Nutrition for Winter Sports offers countless menus and strategies for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hockey.

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