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Shattered Hopes (ePub edition)


By Sheila Hurtig Robertson

Shattered Hopes is an oral history of key players in Canada’s boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games, including eight decision makers, five national team coaches, two senior administrators, two personnel from the Canadian team, and 27 of Canada’s athletes.

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Product Description

On December 27, 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, a distant land unknown to most Canadians. Knowledge would come quickly over the coming months, particularly to the dozens of Canadian athletes who were entering the final stages of training for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

The invasion set off a chain of events that dominated the headlines of the day. A crucial fall-out was the American-led boycott of the Games, which Canada eventually joined, forcing 212 Canadian athletes to shelve their Olympic dreams, some temporarily, many more permanently.

Shattered Hopes is an oral history of key players, including eight decision makers, five national team coaches, two senior administrators, two personnel from the Canadian team, and 27 of Canada’s athletes.

For many, memories of the boycott are painfully clear; for others, the details have faded, but anger and disappointment remain. For all, there is sadness at a missed opportunity to excel on the Olympic stage and disappointment that their sacrifice was but a token response and remains largely unacknowledged.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of Shattered Hopes will be donated to the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

4.67 out of 5

3 reviews for Shattered Hopes (ePub edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

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    “Robertson’s book provides a candid account of the political pressure that prompted Canada to boycott the Winter Olympics in 1980 and provides an insightful look at both the players and process involved. More importantly, and perhaps more compassionately, the writer walks us through the disappointment and the lasting and traumatic effect the boycott decision had on the athletics, their coaches, their family, and their supporters. Shattered Hopes is not only a compelling story and a great read, but a succinct reminder that in a highly charged atmosphere decisions do get made with unintended adverse consequences that live on long after the decision itself.”
    - review by John MacDonald

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Five out of five stars
    “What a powerful message Sheila Hurtig Robertson has made in her latest book, Shattered Hopes, a heartbreaking account of the 212 Canadian athletes and coaches unable to compete in the 1980 Olympics. She reinforced the high price many hopeful athletes and coaches had to pay for a political decision through this oral history of those affected by the boycott. The book accounts for the actions and decisions made by politicians in the late 1970’s resulting in Canada and other nations to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The profiles of the athletes and coaches who lobbied to prevent the boycott are compelling to read—a reminder of the many world-class achievements Canadians have made in sport. The detailed history of the sport environment and how amateur sport in Canada was developed is a fascinating read and a must for any university student, sport administrator, and professional coach.”
    - review by Janet LeBlanc's%20Boycott%20of%20the%201980%20Olympic%20Games&showViewpoints=1

  3. 5 out of 5

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    “This book is a chronicle of the decision by Western Nations to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The individual athletes, coaches and administrators tell the story of the boycott and its effects upon themselves and their sport in their own words. Meticulous research and thoughtful presentation make this book a gem. The book features the response of Canadians in the Olympic Sports community, but the stories will speak to anyone who is interested in Olympic Sports. I am ordering a copy for a friend who was a 5-Time Olympian (athlete and coach) in wrestling who lived through the boycott as a member of the 1980 team for the USA. I come away from the book grateful that these stories have been documented and preserved.”
    – review by Aquadog

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