Join us Sunday, June 25th from 2-4 pm to meet author Bill George as we celebrate the publication of his new book, Victory in the Pool: How a Maverick Coach Upended Society and Led a Group of Young Swimmers to Olympic Glory. It's the ultimate underdog story - that of a swim coach who could not swim, a swim club that accepted minorities when others would not, and a group of young swimmers who became Olympic champions.
Before the U.S. became the swimming power it is today, novice Sacramento-area coach Sherm Chavoor formed a club that welcomed all swimmers - no matter their religion or race - and started a dynasty that included athletes Mark Spitz and Debbie Meyer. Following his unorthodox coaching methods, his swimmers began dominating competitions across northern California, and then the world. His teams triumphed in the two most tumultuous and dangerous Olympic Games ever held, in Mexico City in 1968 and in the 1972 Munich games. George's Victory in the Pool features exclusive interviews with athletes and with Coach Chavoor. It delivers a fascinating look at an unparalleled time in Olympic history, at an inspiring coach, and at a group of young people overcoming incredible odds.