The motto of Ott Järvela, the editor-in-chief of the recent Olympic book, is “fewer names and numbers, more moods and feelings”, meaning that instead of descriptions of the competition, the emphasis is put on understanding the essence of the Olympic Games and competitions, and introducing people at the heart of these events. The focus of the book is on the Olympic bronze medal winner Kelly Sildaru's journey to and at the Olympics, unveiling among other things, something new.
Ott Järvela, who compiled the Olympic book for the first time, was glad that it ended up fresh and exciting.
“In order for the Olympic book to be exciting for the reader as now, so in ten, twenty or fifty years, it is important to reflect the time-space where the specific Olympic Games took place through the people and events. Also, stories must be written with soul, which is exactly what all the authors did. Many thanks to them! The Olympics are dirty, special, cosy, full of new experiences, surprising and sublime. The recent Olympic book reflects all these aspects, paying attention to the most important events for both Estonia and the world,” said Järvela.
According to Olympic bronze medal winner Kelly Sildaru, the book is a pleasant read. “I am glad that the Olympic book has been published, where I was able to share my Olympic experience as it really was, including my feelings and thoughts about the Olympics as a whole. I hope that it will finally give the reader a complete picture of my experience,” said Sildaru.
The book was published in cooperation with the Estonian Olympic Committee, and its authors include sports journalists from ERR, Eesti Päevaleht, Postimees and Õhtuleht. In addition to specialists in their field (Robert Rooba, two-time Olympic snowboard winner Pierre Vaultier, doping expert Kristjan Port, foreign editor of Eesti Ekspress Indrek Lepik), writer Mart Soidro and poet Contra add some spice to the book.
Estonia’s first book summarising the Olympic Games was published in 1936 by athlete and sports journalist Aleksander Antson.