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American Gymnasts: Gold Medal Dreams

They’ve set their sights on Sydney in 2000!

During the Atlanta Summer Olympics, Americans were transfixed by the Magnificent Seven, the young women who led the United States to its first-ever team gold medal in gymnastics. Since that underdog win, U.S. gymnasts have continued to succeed in international competition, performing routines with power and grace. Just in time for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, here’s the scoop on the American gymnasts who are front-runners in the race for Olympic gold, including:

* Kristen Maloney, the two-time national champion who even has an uneven-bars move, “The Maloney,” named after her

* Vanessa Atler, a three-time U.S. gold medalist and 1998 Goodwill Games champion, who has been called the new Mary Lou Retton

* Elise Ray, the two-time U.S. gold medalist whose spectacular performance at the 1999 World Championships exceeded all expectations

Plus Morgan White, Jennie Thompson, updates on 1996 gold medalists Dominique Moceanu and Amy Chow, and many more Olympic hopefuls!

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Shannon Miller: America’s Most Decorated Gymnast : A Biography

Ten chapters with 26 average-quality black-and-white action photographs depict the life and activities of gymnast Shannon Miller. Quiner accurately describes her subject’ accomplishments and difficulties in her development as a world class athlete and Olympic medalist. The author’s knowledge of gymnastics and careful research combined with a crisp style give readers a good understanding of the depth and tenacity of this young woman. Quotes are documented in each chapter. An epilogue, glossary, notes, and information about the author are appended. Anyone interested in gymnastics or contemporary sports figures will enjoy this insightful book about this country’s most decorated gymnast

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Letters to a Young Gymnast

In Letters to a Young Gymnast, Nadia shows what it takes to achieve athletic perfection and become the best. With inspiring and dramatic stories from her own experience, she tells us how the young girl that Bela Karolyi discovered in a Romanian elementary school found the inner strength to become a world-class athlete at such a young age. This collection of Nadia’ memories, anecdotes, and advice grants unique insights into the mind of a top competitor. From how to live after you’ve realized your dream, to the necessity of “a spirit forged with
mettle,” Nadia’s thoughts on athleticism and sacrifice are eye-opening and surprisingly challenging.

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Gabby Douglas: Golden Smile, Golden Triumph

At just 14 years old, gymnast Gabby Douglas left behind her close-knit family in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to train under Liang Chow, famed coach of Olympic legend Shawn Johnson. The move to Iowa was not an easy decision for the focused teenager. For many months, she suffered serious bouts of homesickness. Still, the girl with the golden smile believed her sacrifice would someday lead her to Olympic gold. A children’s biography, Gabby Douglas: Golden Smile, Golden Triumph will grab readers as they experience the thrilling path the popular gymnast from the Fierce Five took on her way to becoming Olympic Champion and America’s Sweetheart.

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Gym Rats: Toe Jam

Best friends and gymnasts, Morgan and Madison continue their exploits in GymRats: Toe Jam. There isn t a gymnast in the world that hasn t gotten hurt and was unable to perform at her best. The Gym Rats get a taste of what injury is like in Gym Rats: Toe Jam. Toe Jam follows the same format as Basic Training: a continuation of Morgan and Madison s story, complete with their private notebook entries; the Coach s Corner with coaching tips on the skills covered in the book; the Drills to Skills section, which provides great drills for the skills performed in the book; a glossary of gymnastics terms; and great illustrations by Janet Venné. This fictional series is ideal for girls from the beginning levels and pre-team on up through compulsories. Older and more advanced gymnasts will find the coaching tips and drills helpful. If you liked Basic Training, you ll love Toe Jam!

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The Fab Five: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, and the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team

Meet the five gymnasts who will represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. A children’s biography, The Fab Five: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas and the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team tells each team member’s life story as they rose from young gymnasts with big dreams to become international superstars of their sport. Discover the stories of Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross as they aim for gold in London!
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Chalked Up: My Life in Elite Gymnastics

Fanciful dreams of gold-medal glory led Jennifer Sey to the local gymnastics club in 1976. A natural aptitude and a willingness to endure punishing hard work took her to the elite ranks by the time she was eleven years old. Jennifer traveled the country and the world competing for the U.S. National team, but the higher she set her sights—the world championships, the 1988 Olympics—the more she began to ignore her physical and mental well-being. Jennifer suffered devastating injuries, developed an eating disorder, and lived far from family and friends, all for the sake of winning. When her parents and coaches lost sight of her best interests, Jennifer had no choice but to redefine her path into adulthood. She had to save herself.

Chalked Up delivers an unforgettable coming-of-age story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt not good enough and has finally come to accept who they were meant to be.

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Gymnastics Journal… My Scores, My Goals, and My Dreams

Write all about your gymnastics events, competitions, and goals in this amazing journal and save the memories forever. This is the only gymnastics journal your gymnast will need the entire gymnastic season!

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The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Gymnastics

The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Gymnastics is the most comprehensive and up-to-date gymnastics-specific training guide in the world today. It contains descriptions and photographs of over 80 of the most effective weight training, flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by athletes worldwide. This book features year-round gymnastics-specific weight-training programs guaranteed to improve your performance and get you results.

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