Beauty and power - that's what makes figure skating so special. Skaters perform incredible leaps and turns, combining the elegance of dance with the power of gymnastics. No wonder figure skating is one of the most popular sports at the Winter Olympics. This wonderful book will explain how skaters train, and what they do to achieve their fantastic jumps and spins. It will show you what to look for in a performance and profile some of the many figure skaters who have become global celebrities.
Following an outstanding NHL rookie season, which ended in his winning of the Calder Memorial Trophy for best overall rookie, Auston Matthews has quickly become known as one of the league’s top hockey players. From his childhood beginnings in Arizona to being the first overall draft pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs, this exciting book helps readers find out how the hockey star has skated his way to stardom.
One of the top tennis players of all time, Serena Williams is both a powerhouse athlete and a philanthropist. This energizing title tells her inspiring story, from learning to play tennis along with her sister Venus from their father in Compton, California, to Serena's record-setting 23 individual Grand Slam titles. Serena’s dedication, perseverance, and global activism on behalf of underprivileged people and for equal justice make her a role model for people around the world.
American gymnast Simone Biles wowed the world at the 2016 Rio Olympics by winning four gold medals. The first female gymnast to earn three consecutive all-around titles, Biles has been listed on TIME magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People, authored a book on her life, and won an ESPY award for best female athlete in 2017. Her determination carried her through an unstable home life as a young child to become someone who wants to inspire others to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.
A competitive swimmer in Syria, Yusra Mardini never let go of her Olympic dream, even when civil war made it too difficult to train in her country. In 2016, she was allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics as part of a special team for refugees. This was only months after making a daring crossing of the Mediterranean Sea in a sinking boat that she helped tow to shore. Dozens of lives were saved on the voyage. Still training, Mardini also acts as a spokesperson and educator for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.
Ride it BMX introduces children to the gravity-defying sport of BMX. Simple text and awesome photos help show the two types of BMX riding: racing and freestyle. Kids will love reading about the tricks, bikes, competitions, and stars of the sport.
Kids will learn about the jumps, maneuvers, and techniques that are at the heart of figure skating, as well as how top skaters prepare for competition and how they are judged.
Kids will learn about the basics of tumbling, dance, jumps, and stunting, or building formations, in Pump it up Cheerleading. This highly illustrated book also features a section on top-rated teams.
He shootshe scores! Readers will score with this full-color book featuring two of the coolest sports on ice: hockey and curling. From the hard-hitting, puck-flying action of hockey to the precision sliding and sweeping of curling, these challenging team sports have it all. In this fantastic book, you'll learn about the rules, the records, and the heroes of the games. You'll also learn that sticks and stones won't break your bones - they're just part of the fun in these Winter Olympic sports.
Snowboarding is a very young sport but it grows more popular and respected every year. Fast and exciting, this winter activity requires practice and proper technique and here's the book to help you along the way! Snowboarding in Action gives beginners all the tips they'll need to hit the slopes. Full-color photographs and illustrations explain the dos and don'ts of the slopes, what to look for in snowboarding equipment and hill conditions, the basics of turning, slowing, and stopping, riding a chairlift, and competitive snowboarding.
American champion downhill skier Lindsey Vonn has won four World Cup titles as well as gold and silver in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. This intriguing book follows Lindsey's life and career from the very beginning through a variety of sports-related injuries and ultimately to the fulfillment of her dream. After her Olympic win, Lindsey became a fan favorite, appearing on talk shows and signing a number of product endorsement contracts. All eyes are on Lindsey now as she trains for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Sidney Crosby skated into the limelight from the very start of his hockey career. In only his second season playing in the NHL, Sid the Kid became the youngest player ever to get over 100 points in a season. This book follows his amazing life story, from boyhood games on the ponds of Nova Scotia to captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Stanley Cup in 2008. Crosby remained a league leader until the 2010-2011 season when he suffered a concussiona head injury that still has consequences for him today.
Shephen Farrelly is better known to fans of the WWE as Sheamus, a Celtic warrior who became the first Irish WWE champion. Born and raised in Ireland, Stephen grew up playing a lot of sports. His father was an amateur bodybuilder and he followed in his path. His career in professional wrestling, however, almost had an early finish when a neck injury sidelined him for two years. But he came roaring back and the rest is history. This interesting biography follows his career in the WWE, as well as his several acting roles. Fans will also get a glimpse into Stephen's years growing up, his rise to fame, and his plans for the future.
One of the greatest point guards in the game of basketball, Steve Nash beat the odds at six feet, three inches to excel in a sport dominated by six-foot, seven-inch players. Born in South Africa, Steve grew up in Canada and was drafted to play in the NBA in the United States. This interesting biography follows his career from the Phoenix Suns to the Dallas Mavericks, then back to Phoenix. Fans will also get a glimpse into Steve's years growing up and his selfless attitude both on and off the court, including his generous work with charities around the globe.
Since entering the world of professional basketball as first pick in the 2003 NBA draft, LeBron James has become one of the most acclaimed players in NBA history. His many titles include eight-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA most valuable player, and Olympic gold medalist. In 2012, James led the Miami Heat to the NBA title, and was voted Finals MVP. This high-energy title provides a close-up look at LeBron King James' life on, and off, the court.
Being born in the football-crazy state of Texas, Drew Brees couldn't help but become a football star. This superstar quarterback for the New Orleans Saints has legions of fans, not only because of his athletic career, but because he has star quality. In a gesture of support, he signed with the Saints after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. He has helped the city rebuild and quietly undertakes a lot of charity work. This inspiring biography describes Drew's early years, his rise in football, and how he overcame a potentially career-ending shoulder injury through hard work, a positive attitude, and relying on his Christian faith.
Not only is John Cena a world championship-winning superstar of the WWE, he is also an actor who has starred in a number of movies and a rapper who has realeased his own album. A gifted athlete, John trained hard to play football throughout his college years. After that, his athletic fitness led him to bodybuilding and, ultimately, to professional wrestling. This interesting biography follows his career in the WWE and his move into acting. Fans will also get a glimpse into John's years growing up, his rise to fame, and his plans for the future.
Monster trucks are recreational, sports entertainment vehicles that are pick-up trucks with enormous wheels and suspension. People watch them in races and jumps, or tractor pulls and car-crushing derbies. Kids will learn about the design of this enormous vehicle!
This high-energy title introduces young readers to different kinds of motorcycles, including superbikes, street bikes, and dirt bikes. This dynamic new book also describes the basic parts and functions of various motorcycles. Decodable text and exciting photographs make this title ideal for young motorcycle enthusiasts.
Takedown Wrestling describes the sport that is thousands of years old. Kids will love reading about basic moves and holds, how to get out of an opponents grip, and wrestling terms. A special section also features the top amateur wrestlers in the sport today.
Dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and quads - children will love reading about their favorite recreational and non-recreational off road and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) in this entertaining book.
Young readers will race to get their hands on this entertaining new book! Bicycles: Pedal Power looks at different kinds of bikes used for transportation, work, and fun. Readers will learn about mountain bikes, racing bikes, tandem bikes, rickshaws, and more.
This new title will make a splash with young readers! From sailboats and speed boats, to ferries and ocean liners, Boats on the Water introduces readers to different kinds of boats and ships. Children will enjoy learning about the basic parts and functions of various boats.
The Paralympics are a series of sporting events for elite athletes with different physical abilities. This book examines the five Paralympic winter sports - alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, ice sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling - and the athletes who compete in them. Prepare to be inspired by their courage, skill, and dedication to their sport.
Snowboard is one of the youngest sports in the Olympics, and it was once viewed as the sport of bad boys and rebels. It might have lost some of that rowdy image, but it still has its pop pizzazz. Snowboarders do stunts with names like 540, double grab, caballerial, and burger flip. This book will explain what these tricks are and how they're done. It'll tell you where snowboarding came from and where its going. And you'll meet some of the most colorful characters you'll find in any sport.