Wednesday, June 15th, 7pm CST
Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Politics & History Series, and Left Bank Books present Michael Loynd, author of “The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man’s Fight to Capture Olympic Gold.”
In Conversation with Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Sports attorney Michael Loynd is chairman of the St. Louis Olympic Committee. His new book “The Watermen” shares the underdog story of the first American swimmer to win Olympic gold. In the early twentieth century, few Americans knew how to swim, and swimming as a competitive sport was almost unheard of. That is, until Charles Daniels took to the water. Escaping a troubled family life, Charles’s only source of joy was swimming. He caught the eye of two immigrant coaches hell-bent on building a U.S. swim program that could rival the British Empire’s seventy-year domination of the sport. Interwoven with Charles’s story is the compelling history of the struggle to establish the modern Olympics in an era when competitive sports were still in their infancy.
Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.