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Annika Sorenstam is the best professional female golfer in the world and has made history as the first woman in more than 50 years to compete in a men's Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) Tour event. She has now become an international celebrity and is so popular in her native country, Sweden, that her picture was put on a postage stamp.
When San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds swings his mighty bat, the baseball world stops to watch. Barry has crushed more baseballs over the fence for home runs than any player in the history of major league baseball. Having earned many MVP titles as well as fielding and hitting awards-including the record for the most home runs in a season--Barry is considered one of history's greatest baseball players. As he continues to raise the bar, baseball experts and fans will be following his every play.
Carly Patterson electrified audiences with her performance at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Displaying amazing poise, this sixteen-year-old helped the U.S. women's gymnastics team win the silver medal in the team competition and she also won an individual silver in her best apparatus, the balance beam. But Carly's biggest moment came when she beat out some of the world's top gymnasts to win gold in the all-around competition. Read about the best female gymnast at the 2004 Olympic Games.
Although he started his career in his father's shadow, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has proven that he earned his standing as one of NASCAR's top racers, and that this third-generation driver will not stop until he's the best.
Introduces the life and accomplishments of the famous wakeboarder, Dallas Friday.
Children's biography of the race car driver Danica Patrick, one of the few females in a male-dominated sport.
David Beckham is one of the biggest sports superstars in the world. Born in Great Britain, David showed talent early. By age twenty he was playing for Manchester United, England's top soccer team. His electrifying skills and glamorous lifestyle made him famous. In 2007, David made a bold decision to move to the United States and join the Los Angeles Galaxy. Millions of fans are still eagerly following this legend's career as he brings his exciting brand of soccer to a new team.
Born in Great Britain, David Beckham was playing for England's top soccer team by age twenty. Learn more about Beckham's journey from talented soccer player to one of the world's biggest celebrities.
Children's biography of the baseball player David Ortiz, who was from the Dominican Republic.
Children's biography of the quarterback of the football team, the New York Giants.
Children's biography of Freddy Adu, an emigrant from Ghana, who, at fourteen, became the youngest player in Major League Soccer.
James Bubba Stewart is one of the fastest men in Super cross motorcycle racing. He has dominated dirt tracks ever since he was in elementary school. But James didn't become a great racer overnight. He practiced every day in his own backyard, from age 3 on. Through this experience, he developed the skills that helped him win the World Supercross title in his first full season of competition in 2006. His courage, strength, and skill make him almost impossible to beat.
Picked first in the 2001 draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Josh Hamilton wowed his fans and teammates with his pitching speed and hitting record. But by 2004, injuries and a drug problem knocked Josh off his team and out of the minor leagues. After two years, Josh returned to baseball healthy and clean. As the star centerfielder for the Texas Rangers, he shocked the world with his record-breaking performance in the 2008 Home Run Derby. Learn how Josh overcame obstacles to achieve his big-league dreams and become one of baseball's best.
Introduces the life and accomplishments of basketball guard Kobe Bryant, whose high scoring game helped bring the Los Angeles Lakers three straight world championships.
Maria Sharapova has been tennis's brightest star since she stunned the world by capturing the Wimbledon championship in 2004. With her 6'2" frame and movie-star looks, Maria's image is familiar to tennis fans around the world. But she is not just a pretty face. With her powerful serve and lightning-quick reflexes, Maria became the world's number-one ranked player in 2005. Follow Sharapova's amazing journey from her humble roots in Siberia, Russia, to the top of the international tennis world.
Peyton Manning, quarterback for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, started playing football almost as soon as he could walk. Picked by the Colts as the first overall pick of the NFL draft, Peyton worked hard to learn the game he loves. Named Super Bowl MVP in 2007, he is regarded as one of the league's smartest and best-prepared quarterbacks. Follow this gutsy player as he continues to be a leader on his team and in his community.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is one of the most successful players in NFL history. Chosen by the Indianapolis Colts with the first pick in the 1998 NFL draft, Peyton earned a reputation for being one of the league's smartest quarterbacks. He led the Colts to victory in the 2007 Super Bowl and was named Most Valuable Player of the NFL a record four times. After missing the 2011-2012 season due to an injury, Peyton left Indianapolis to join the Broncos.
Pitchers fear Ryan Howard. That's because the Philadelphia Phillies slugger is one of the strongest players in the major leagues. When he hits a baseball, it often flies over the outfield fence. Even as a kid, Ryan was a dangerous hitter and a top athlete. But Ryan has never just relied on his natural talent. He works hard every day to be the best, and his positive attitude and great sense of humor have made him a fan favorite. Learn more about this likable superstar.
"Slammin" Sammy Sosa is one of baseball's most exciting sluggers. A two-time home run champion, the Chicago Cubs right fielder is the only player to hit more than 60 home runs in a season three times. Sammy's all-out hustle and joyful style of play have made him a fan favorite throughout his career. Follow Sammy's amazing story as he goes from a childhood of poverty in the Dominican Republic to becoming one of baseball's biggest stars.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been dominating the ice for most of his life. He learned to skate when he was three, and by age seven, his talent had captured the attention of reporters. In 2005, he was the first pick in the NHL draft. Since then he has broken multiple scoring records in the pro league. Called the best in the league by his peers, Sidney knows there's more to success than just skill. As captain for the Penguins, Sidney has to work hard and be a good leader. Learn more about the incredible life of one of the NHL's best players. Book jacket.
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