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Women Olympic champions
Aaseng, Nathan.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The struggle for acceptance -- Sonja Henie -- Babe Didrikson -- Fanny Blankers-Koen -- Dawn Fraser -- Lydia Skoblinkov -- Nadia Comenici -- Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.0 5.0 51553.
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GV709 .A37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Women were not welcome to compete in the first modern Olympics. This tells the stories of women who were not only outstanding competitors but who also influenced the popularity and acceptance of female athletes.

Author Notes

Nathan Aaseng grew up in Minnesota and worked as a microbiologist for four years before becoming a writer.

He has written over ninety books for young readers, including biographies, and sports and science books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-This well-organized and thoroughly researched book begins with a brief but well-written foreword and an even better introduction. It explains that Aaseng's two main factors in selecting the featured athletes were raw performance at a level far above their predecessors and competitors, and a lasting impact on their event or on the sporting world in general. An attempt was also made to include a cross section of time periods, nations, and events. The first chapter discusses women's struggle for acceptance in the Olympics and gives a brief history of their participation. The athletes profiled are Sonja Henie, the 1920s Norwegian figure skater; Babe Didrikson, the 1930s American track-and-field champ; Fanny Blankers-Koen, the 1940s Dutch track-and-field athlete; Dawn Fraser, the 1960s Australian swimmer; Lydia Skoblikova, a Soviet speed skater; Nadia Comaneci, a Romanian gymnast of the 1970s; and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, an American track-and-field athlete in the 1980s and 1990s. A winner.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.