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By Dave Nevison

ISBN-10: 1905156898

ISBN-13: 9781905156894

The hugely wonderful autobiography punter and making a bet pundit Dave Nevison. a well-recognized, revered and renowned determine either at the racecourse and on tv, Nevison is that rarest, so much envied of racing characters - a really profitable gambler.

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The Romans as well tended to be suspicious of nudity in athletics at least in part due to this concern (Miller 2004a, 184–185, 201; Harris 1964, chaps. 6, 8; Finley and Pleket 1976, chap. 7). The issue of 26 · chapter one homosexuality in ancient Greek athletics is a complex one that should at least be acknowledged, but it will not be my focus in this book (Scanlon 2002, chaps. 3, 8–10). Some graduates of the gymnasion went on to what we today would call professional careers in athletics. By the Roman period athletes “were professional in every sense of the word,” according to Miller (2004a, 207).

The Olympic Games of ancient Greece lasted for more than a millennium, and they were never canceled. In 480, with the Persians on the doorstep, the games went on. . The modern Olympics are just over a century old. In that time one was almost destroyed by murder (Munich, 1972), and three by major boycotts (Montreal, 1976; Moscow, 1980; and Los Angeles, 1984), all for political motives. And the games of 1916, 1940, and 1944 did not go on at all because of the political situation. Perhaps we do need to study ancient practices more closely, after all.

In a sprint it is speed. However, it is common to see the fastest pitcher on a baseball team be less successful than other pitchers who throw slower. As the cliché has it, there is a difference between being a mere thrower and being a true pitcher. So here speed is an important factor, but not the only, nor necessarily the crucial, factor that is needed. The sprint example is closer to baseball pitching than initially seems to be the case, however. In a sprint there is also the matter of getting out of the blocks, or in the ancient Greek sprints of getting out of the balbis (Miller 2004a, 31–46).

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