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Traces the life of the young Mexican American boxer who won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games at the age of nineteen and went on to win numerous professional boxing titles
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Real-Life Reader Biographies present the lives of contemporary role models for young readers. These are the stories of real men and women who, despite many obstacles, followed their dreams. They are great for elementary-level research and reports and are fun to read, too.From the Back Cover:
Oscar De La Hoya grew up in East Los Angeles. His father, Joel, first took Oscar to the gym and encouraged him to take up boxing when he was only six years old. He knew immediately: "He's gonna be a big champion!"
His mother, Cecilia, supported Oscar's ambition to be a boxer. But she never got to see her son become a champion. Cecilia De La Hoya died of breast cancer two years before Oscar won the gold medal in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. "Her dream was for me to go to the Olympics," Oscar says. "That's what motivated me."
From the Olympics to world champion, Oscar gets closer to his ultimate goal: to be the first Hispanic boxer to win titles across six weight divisions. But he hasn't forgotten his roots. He still carries a food stamp in his pocket and he gives back to his community in a big way.
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Book Description Mitchell Lane Pub Inc, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1883845580