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Discusses the past and future of women's figure skating and presents biographies of eight of the sport's most famous skaters: Oksana Baiul, Surya Bonaly, Nancy Kerrigan, Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski, Chen Lu, Katarina Witt, and Kristi Yamaguchi
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Grade 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
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 1998. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0761313028
Book Description Millbrook Press, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0761313028