Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King

From track and field to swimming and diving, and of course basketball and soccer, Indiana University Olympians celebrates over a century of Indiana University Olympic competitors. Beginning in 1904, at the third summer games in St. Louis, Missouri, IU's first Olympic medal went to pole vaulter LeRoy Samse who earned a silver medal. In 2016, swimmer Lilly King rocketed onto the world stage with two gold medals in the 31st Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King

David Woods
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From track and field to swimming and diving, and of course basketball and soccer, Indiana University Olympians celebrates over a century of Indiana University Olympic competitors. Beginning in 1904, at the third summer games in St. Louis, Missouri, IU's first Olympic medal went to pole vaulter LeRoy Samse who earned a silver medal. In 2016, swimmer Lilly King rocketed onto the world stage with two gold medals in the 31st Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Olympic Biographies

  • 1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too


  • If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory


  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


  • Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women


  • Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian


  • Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King


  • Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe


  • Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything


  • The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold


Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. Most famously, he won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm, Sweden, Olympics. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, he was an All-American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for John McGraw’s New York Giants.

Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

David Maraniss
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Jim Thorpe rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. Most famously, he won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm, Sweden, Olympics. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, he was an All-American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played major league baseball for John McGraw’s New York Giants.

Olympic Biographies

  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


  • If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory


  • The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold


  • 1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too


  • Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe


  • Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian


  • Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women


  • Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything


  • Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King


If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory

In the early 1980s, a golden generation of volleyball players joined the United States men’s national team. With the Olympics coming to Los Angeles, California, in 1984, the pressure was on to build a winning program around these exceptional athletes. Could a group of individuals put aside their egos and play as a true team to achieve Olympic gold in their home country?

If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory

Sean P. Murray
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In the early 1980s, a golden generation of volleyball players joined the United States men’s national team. With the Olympics coming to Los Angeles, California, in 1984, the pressure was on to build a winning program around these exceptional athletes. Could a group of individuals put aside their egos and play as a true team to achieve Olympic gold in their home country?

Olympic Biographies

  • The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold


  • Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything


  • 1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too


  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


  • If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory


  • Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King


  • Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women


  • Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian


  • Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe


Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything

Enjoy this quick read about a three-time gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and the team captain of the United States Olympic team. Since she was a little girl, Aly Raisman had always dreamed of going to the Olympics. Things were looking great, until her focus fell; she had to learn the hard way the road through herself would be harder.

Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything

Aly Raisman with Blythe Lawrence
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Enjoy this quick read about a three-time gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast and the team captain of the United States Olympic team. Since she was a little girl, Aly Raisman had always dreamed of going to the Olympics. Things were looking great, until her focus fell; she had to learn the hard way the road through herself would be harder.

Olympic Biographies

  • If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory


  • Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women


  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


  • Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian


  • 1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too


  • Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe


  • Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything


  • The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold


  • Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King


Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women

When Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, she was participating in what was only her fourth-ever organized track meet. She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world. This improbable athletic phenom was an ordinary high school student, discovered running for a train in rural Illinois mere months before her Olympic debut. Amsterdam made her a star.

Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women

Roseanne Montillo
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When Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, she was participating in what was only her fourth-ever organized track meet. She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world. This improbable athletic phenom was an ordinary high school student, discovered running for a train in rural Illinois mere months before her Olympic debut. Amsterdam made her a star.

Olympic Biographies

  • Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian


  • The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold


  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


  • Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women


  • If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory


  • Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything


  • Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe


  • Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King


  • 1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too


1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too

Chris Nikic wanted to complete the Ironman Triathlon, despite his Down Syndrome. His determination and program allowed Chris to break records in the sport. This book is about how to change behavior in your body and mind so you can focus on one change at a time. 

1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too

Chris Nikic & Nik Nikic with Don Yaeger
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Chris Nikic wanted to complete the Ironman Triathlon, despite his Down Syndrome. His determination and program allowed Chris to break records in the sport. This book is about how to change behavior in your body and mind so you can focus on one change at a time. 

Olympic Biographies

  • Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything


  • Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women


  • Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King


  • If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory


  • Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian


  • 1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too


  • Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe


  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


  • The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold


The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold

Set in the early days of a rapidly changing 20th century, The Watermen—a term used at the time to describe men skilled in water sports—tells an engrossing story of grit, of the growth of a major new sport in which Americans would prevail, and of a young man’s determination to excel.

The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold

Michael Loynd
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Set in the early days of a rapidly changing 20th century, The Watermen—a term used at the time to describe men skilled in water sports—tells an engrossing story of grit, of the growth of a major new sport in which Americans would prevail, and of a young man’s determination to excel.

Olympic Biographies

  • 1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too


  • Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian


  • Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women


  • Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King


  • The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold


  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


  • Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything


  • Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe


  • If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory


Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World

A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arguing she left behind the Kennedy family’s most profound political legacy. Granted access to never-before-seen private papers, McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with the visionary founder of the Special Olympics and a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men.

Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World

Eileen McNamara
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arguing she left behind the Kennedy family’s most profound political legacy. Granted access to never-before-seen private papers, McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with the visionary founder of the Special Olympics and a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men.

Olympic Biographies

  • Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian


  • Indiana University Olympians: From Leroy Samse to Lilly King


  • The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold


  • 1% Better: Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too


  • Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe


  • Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World


  • If Gold is Our Destiny: How a Team of Mavericks Came Together for Olympic Glory


  • Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything


  • Fire On the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women


The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle

This is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip-hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up. For Nipsey Hussle, “The Marathon” was more than a mixtape title or the name of a clothing store; it was a way of life, a metaphor for the relentless pursuit of excellence and the willpower required to overcome adversity.

The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle

Rob Kenner
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This is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip-hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up. For Nipsey Hussle, “The Marathon” was more than a mixtape title or the name of a clothing store; it was a way of life, a metaphor for the relentless pursuit of excellence and the willpower required to overcome adversity.

Celebrate Black Voices

  • Finding Me


  • I Always Knew: A Memoir


  • The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther


  • Unprotected: A Memoir


  • Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires


  • The Sisterhood:  How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture


  • The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin


  • The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle


  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo


  • Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom


  • King: A Life


Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom

The remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave.

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Ilyon Woo
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The remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave.

Celebrate Black Voices

  • Finding Me


  • Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom


  • The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin


  • The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther


  • Unprotected: A Memoir


  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo


  • The Sisterhood:  How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture


  • I Always Knew: A Memoir


  • Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires


  • King: A Life


  • The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle


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