All-American stardom means less to the Gaults than to O'Connor (below). Instead, this mini-history of Olympic competition recalls some quirky victories (medalist Bob Garrett had never seen a real discus until he got to Athens in 1896; runner George Bonhag won the first and only walking race he ever entered). The authors then reminisce about how events, track conditions, and techniques have developed over the years, and remind us that the intensification of nationalist spirit in ""medal counting"" was largely responsible for the upgrading of women's events. Tables of winning athletes and their times and descriptions of less publicized sports (fencing, biathlon, etc.) fill out what's essentially an entertaining sketch. . . though compared to O'Connor's American Olympic Stars it's a paragon of international spirit and sportsmanlike perspective.