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- DescriptionWaterman is the first comprehensive biography of Duke Kahanamoku (1890 1968): swimmer, surfer, Olympic gold medalist, Hawaiian icon, waterman.Long before Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz made their splashes in the pool, Kahanamoku emerged from the backwaters of Waikiki to become America s first superstar Olympic swimmer. The original human fish set dozens of world records and topped the world rankings for more than a decade; his rivalry with Johnny Weissmuller transformed competitive swimming from an insignificant sideshow into a headliner event.Kahanamoku used his Olympic rewn to introduce the sport of surf-riding, an activity unkwn beyond the Hawaiian Islands, to the world. Standing proudly on his traditional wooden longboard, he spread surfing from Australia to the Hollywood crowd in California to New Jersey. No American athlete has influenced two sports as profoundly as Kahanamoku did, and yet he remains an enigmatic and underappreciated figure: a dark-skinned Pacific Islander who encountered and overcame racism and igrance long before the likes of Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, and Jackie Robinson.Kahanamoku s connection to his homeland was equally important. He was born when Hawaii was an independent kingdom; he served as the sheriff of Holulu during Pearl Harbor and World War II and as a globetrotting Ambassador of Aloha afterward; he died t long after Hawaii attained statehood. As one sportswriter put it, Duke was Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey combined down here. In Waterman, award-winning journalist David Davis examines the remarkable life of Duke Kahanamoku, in and out of the water.
- Author BiographyDavid Davis is the author of Showdown at Shepherd s Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze; Play by Play: Los Angeles Sports Photography, 1889 1989; and Marathon Crasher: The Life and Times of Merry Lepper, the First American Woman to Run a Marathon. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and in three anthologies, including The Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Los Angeles.
- Author(s)David Davis
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2015
- SubjectBiography: Sport
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight662 g
- Width152 mm
- Height237 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With dust jacket
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