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Women of sports. The best of the best in gymnastics
Rutledge, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Discusses the past and future of women's gymnastics and presents biographies of eight of the sport's most famous players: Simona Amanar, Vanessa Atler, Dominique Dawes, Ling Jie, Svetlana Khorkina, Kris Maloney, Shannon Miller, and Dominique Morceanu.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 2.0 28928.

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GV460 .R88 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An introduction to women's gymnastics is followed by a brief history which focuses on some of the sport's past stars and pioneers. Each of eight chapters features an athlete with information on her early on her early life, how she got to where she is today, her athletic accomplishments, quotes from her and about her, a tip or playing technique, statistical charts, and, most important, a defining moment in her athletic career. Featured athletes are Simona Aminar, Vanessa Atler, Dominique Dawes, Ling Jie, Svetlana Khorkina, Kristin Maloney, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu. The final chapter of the book will look at the future of the sport and identify some up-and-coming stars.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The first 10 pages of this volume describe the ancient and modern history of gymnastics and culminate with an overview of the accomplishments of the "magnificent seven," the nickname of the successful U.S. women's team at the 1996 Olympics. The eight chapters that follow present biographical sketches of three of those team members (Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, and Dominique Moceanu) and five up-and-coming stars (Kris Maloney and Vanessa Atler of the U.S., Svetlana Khorkina from Russia, Simona Amanar of Romania, and Ling Jie from China). Each chapter includes three full-color photos and a chart of career highlights. The book does not shy away from controversial issues, addressing eating disorders, injury and sometimes even death, pushing young girls too hard, and Moceanu's legal separation from her parents due to financial matters. For more detail on the USA team of 1996, try Nancy Kleinbaum's The Magnificent Seven (Bantam, 1996). Joel Cohen's Superstars of Women's Gymnastics (Chelsea, 1997) highlights four stars, only one of whom is duplicated here. Rutledge's attractive book complements these titles.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.