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Summer Olympians

The 2012 Summer Olympics are being held in London beginning July 27 and concluding on August 12. Officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the games will comprise 32 sports and 302 events. Locally, you can catch all of the exciting coverage on NBC. In the mean time, however, you can catch up on the stories of past Summer Olympians at the Library:

Rome 1960: the Olympics that changed the world by David Maraniss

Something in the air: American passion and defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by Richard Hoffer

Berlin Games: how the Nazis stole the Olympic dream by Guy Walters

Dream team: how Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the greatest team of all time conquered the world and changed the game of basketball forever by Jack McCallum

Triumph: the untold story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics by Jeremy Schaap

Jesse Owens [videodisc] by a Firelight Films production for American Experience in association with WDR; produced and directed by Laurens Grant; written and produced by Stanley Nelson

Michael Phelps: beneath the surface by Michael Phleps; with Brian Cazeneuve

Michael Phelps [videodisc]: inside story of the Beijing games by executive producer, Dick Ebersol

The man who could fly: the Bob Beamon story by Bob Beamon and Milana Walter Beamon

Pre: the story of America's greatest running legend, Steve Prefontaine by Tom Jordan

Wonder girl: the magnificent sporting life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Don Van Natta Jr

This life I've led: my autobiography by Zaharias, Babe Didrikson, 1911-1956

Age is just a number: achieve your dreams at any stage in your life by Dara Torres with Elizabeth Weil

Silent gesture: the autobiography of Tommie Smith by Tommie Smith; with David Steele

The John Carlos story: the sports moment that changed the world by John Carlos with Dave Zirin; [foreword by Cornel West]

Mark Spitz: the extraordinary life of an Olympic champion by Richard J. Foster; foreword by Mark Spitz; introduction by Keith Jackson

A kind of grace: the autobiography of the world's greatest female athlete by Jackie Joyner-Kersee with Sonja Steptoe

Native American son: the life and sporting legend of Jim Thorpe by Kate Buford

All American: the rise and fall of Jim Thorpe by Bill Crawford

America's girl: the incredible story of how swimmer Gertrude Ederle changed the nation by Tim Dahlberg; with Mary Ederle Ward and Brenda Greene

Landing on my feet: a diary of dreams by Kerri Strug with John Lopez

Muhammad Ali: the making of an icon by Michael Ezra

God's joyful runner by Russell W. Ramsey