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Male Olympic champions
Uschan, Michael V., 1948-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A discussion of the spirit and evolution of the Olympic games precedes accounts of seven Olympic champions: Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmi, Jesse Owens, Jean-Claude Killy, Mark Spitz, Vasily Alexeyev, and Eric Heiden.
Jim Thorpe -- Paavo Nurmi -- Jesse Owens -- Jean-Claude Killy -- Mark Spitz -- Vasily Alexeyev -- Eric Heiden.
Reading Level:
1220 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.8 5.0 51547.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.5 8 Quiz: 20668 Guided reading level: NR.
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GV697.A1 U83 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From Jim Thorpe, who in 1912 was hailed as the "world's greatest athlete, " to Eric Heiden, who swept five speedskating events at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, Olympic athletes have provided some of the greatest moments in sports since the modern Olympic Games began in Greece in 1896. Biographies of seven of the greatest Olympic champions of all time.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Uschan celebrates seven athletes in a collective biography that looks beyond the record books to the spirit, drama, and tragedy of the Olympic Games. In a general introduction, Uschan quickly lays out the path of Olympic history, from its Greek origins to the recent Salt Lake City scandal. The author then explores the achievements of Jim Thorpe, Paavo Nurmi, Jesse Owens, and four others, digging beneath the surface to reveal not only their moments in the spotlight but their personalities and post-Olympic careers. Readers learn about the cockiness that alienated Mark Spitz from his 1972 teammates, Jean-Claude Killy's under-the-table salary, and Owens' struggle to benefit from his Olympic success in an era before celebrity endorsements. The text is well documented, making it at once a solid resource and a model for report writers. A chronology, a bibliography, and a reading list are appended. --Randy Meyer

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-This collective biography profiles seven men who achieved Olympic success: track stars Jim Thorpe and Jesse Owens, long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi, skier Jean-Claude Killy, swimmer Mark Spitz, weight-lifter Vasily Alexeyev, and skater Eric Heiden. Following a brief history of the Olympic movement, the book devotes one chapter to each of these gold medalists. Each entry covers the individual's birth, youth, how he got started in his sport, his athletic career, and Olympic performances, followed by a generally abbreviated passage on his post-Olympic life and accomplishments. The readable text does not gloss over negative aspects, covering Thorpe's marital and drinking problems, Nurmi's surliness toward his competition, and Alexeyev's poor training habits. Uschan does a good job of explaining the techniques of the sports, when appropriate. Good-quality, black-and-white photos enhance the text. This book should be useful in most collections, particularly for its information on Nurmi, Killy, and Alexeyev, which is less readily available than material on the American athletes.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.