Wayne Gretzky, known to millions of hockey fans as "The Great One," wasn't the biggest, fastest, or strongest hockey player ever, but he was without a doubt the best so far. When he retired from play in 1999, the National Hockey League retired his jersey number as well and inducted him into the NHL Hall of Fame immediately, without the customary waiting period. Wayne's great talent was his ability to read the game and consistently make the right moves, earning him records for scoring year after year. The Great One started playing hockey on an ice rink in his backyard as a little boy in Canada, practicing before and after school and even after eating dinner with his skates on! His life tells the story of how far hard work and smart thinking can take a kid from Brantford, Ontario.
How did soccer originate? When was the game first added to the Olympics? These are questions answered in Score! The Story of Soccer. This book provides a historical look at the sports development from ancient times through its explosion in Europe to its huge popularity in North America today.
All of his life, Dwyane Wade has been meeting challenges. His parents separated when he was an infant. When he was six, he had to leave his mother's home because of her drug abuse. While living with his father, Dwyane learned basketball but not academics. Because of Dwyane's low test scores, only three colleges recruited him. But after starring for two seasons at Marquette University, Dwyane left college early to enter the NBA draft in 2003. Although Dwyane was overshadowed in the draft by superstars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the young star has put together an exceptional NBA career. He led Miami to an NBA championship in 2006, won a scoring title in 2009, and was a key player when the Heat won a second championship in 2012. But Dwyane also remembers his roots, giving back to the community through his charitable Wade's World Foundation.
High interest, edgy activities fill the pages of Nailed It! Extreme Kite Surfing. The carefully written, considerate text will hold the readers' interest and allow for successful mastery and comprehension. Written in the high-low format, this series has a HIGH interest level to appeal to a more mature audience but maintains a LOW level of complexity with clear visuals to help struggling readers along. Extreme Kite Surfing presents the thrills and spills of this most intriguing extreme sport. A table of contents, glossary with simplified pronunciations, and index all enhance achievement and comprehension.
Kevin Durant is a kid at heart when he's not busy being a basketball star. He is a 6-foot-9 forward with guard skills and a drive to be the best in whatever he does. That includes acting-Durrant starred in the movie Thunderstruck. He made such an impression in his one year at the University of Texas that he became the NBA's no. 2 draft pick. Before he was 25 years old, Durrant was a three-time NBA scoring champion and an Olympic gold medalist. He rates as one of the NBA's most popular players-you can catch him on Twitter-and goes out of his way to help those in need. Durrant is a superstar in every sense of the word.
In 2006, LaDainian Tomlinson broke an NFL scoring record that had stood for nearly 50 years! What will the man they call 'LT' do for an encore?
He's not even 30, and Roger Federer already owns a place among the all-time greats in tennis. Follow his rapid rise from Swiss teen star to international icon.
Read how Shaun 'The Flying Tomato' White has used his go-for-it attitude to become a superstar in two sports--skateboarding and snowboarding.
Here's the inside story of how Tiger Woods has become the most dominant athlete in the world--and perhaps the best golfer ever.
Describes the origins and basic statistics of the four teams--the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Washington Redskins--which make up the National Football League's NFC East grouping.
Describes the origins and basic statistics of the four teams--the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, and the Minnesota Vikings--which make up the National Football League's NFC North grouping.
Describes the origins and basic statistics of the four teams--the Arizona Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Seattle Seahawks--which make up the National Football League's NFC West grouping.
How fast can we go on land? On water? In the air? In space? Are there impossible speed barriers? In "All About Speed," a rally driving lesson suddenly becomes very exciting.
Recounts the struggles and triumphs of nine athletes who have battled illness, accidents, and other disasters on their way to success in their sports, including Lance Armstrong, Gail Devers, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
Recounts the struggles and triumphs of Jack Trice, the first African American to play football for Iowa State, who died in 1923 of injuries received on the field.
Describes some of the greatest moments in the history of the Olympic games, including record-breaking performances, unexpected victories, and inspirational performances by athletes struggling against difficult odds.
White-water adventure stories offer an introduction to the sport of kayaking.
Provides factual information about climbing Mt. McKinley based on the fictional story of a sixteen-year-old boy and his adventure climbing the tallest mountain in North America.
From scuba diving to submersibles, this book explains how humans explore ocean depths.
Experience the author's personal account of a daring climb after first reading about climbing basics, safety, and famous climbers.
Discusses the sport of snowboarding, including gear, tricks, and famous snowboarders.
Meet eight of the greatest teams in sports history--some underdogs, some powerhouses--all working together to win.
Presents a history of aeronautical sports, including ballooning, skydiving, airplane racing, flying circuses, and military dogfights.
Find out how host cities are chosen, how politics, drug use, and terrorism affect the Games and what the future holds for the Olympics.
Recounts the struggles and triumphs of athletes who have helped to open their sports to participants who are African American or women, or who have disabilities, including Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, and Jim Abbott.