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Illustrates the various styles of skiing, from cross-country to downhill, as well as kinds of equipment and clothing.
Sandro Birch is a born skier. In fact, his mother met his father on the slopes of a posh resort, and she's told the story so many times he's sick of it. Handsome Italian Olympic hopeful saves All-American Scholarship Girl. Except the handsome Italian left the All-American Girl with the bills and a baby on the way. Seventeen years later, Sandro and his mother are still living at the ski resort. She thinks Alessandro Senior, her true love, will come back; Sandro knows he won't, and spends all of his after-school time working, saving up to leave. Then fate steps in. Alessandro does come back. And suddenly townie Sandro Birch has a shot at the ski team, a girlfriend, and a real family--if he conquers his anger and learns how to trust. S. L. Rottman's fast-paced sports action and sharp characterization are sure to keep readers turning the pages.
Mason's basketball team, the Cabbage town Raptors, is going co-ed after seven successful seasons. He's pretty open-minded about the change, especially after he meets Cindy, a really top-notch player.
Jamal's been asked to try out for the super-elite youth basketball team. His dad makes him a deal: If Jamal makes the team, he gets new shoes. But will the fancy new shoes really improve Jamal's game?
This is a book about Olympic racer Michael Johnson, and his achievements, secrets to success, techniques, personal and professional life. This is a book about how to identify what you really want and how to get there; to set goals based on realism and confidence; to work with discipline and resolve; to learn from the requisite failures and the too-early successes; and to achieve a clarity of focus.
Describes the various breeds of arctic dogs, and their demanding training for the high-endurance sport of dogsled racing.
Each summer, on the fields of glorious Cape Marlin, off the New England coast, the nation's best college players gather to play the most important baseball of their lives. Jack Faber is a young hotshot pitcher with an unhittable slider and a rocket for a fastball. He plays for the fabled Seapuit Seawolves and dreams of making the Big Show. But a new coach, the scowling Bruno Riazzi, a former pro catcher, resents the kid's celebrity status and decides to knock him down a peg or two. And he stops at nothing to make it happen. Humiliated, Jack loses his lifelong art, and with it his passion for the game, as well as, mysteriously, his ability to throw. A devastated Jack Faber is released from the St. Charles College roster. But the Seawolves coaches won't give up on him. They bring Jack back to Cape Marlin, determined to help him rediscover his lost talent. He finds himself again under the summer sun, coaches and old friends standing by him. But in the end it will be up to Jack Based on a true story, Slider celebrates the national pastime, a game that can break grown men's hearts-as well as make them whole again.
When thirteen-year-old Joelle, a star baseball player, moves to a new town where the only option for girls is softball, she starts an all-girl baseball league against the wishes of her school coaches and others in the town.
Growing up in a bizarre cave-dwelling cult in Colorado, seven-foot, eight-inch Maurice "Slo-Mo" Finsternick knows nothing about the NBA--that is until the day he's discovered and becomes the hottest sports icon in the country. This uproariously funny satire of pro sports is Rick Reilly at his very best. The bestselling author of the classicMissing Linkshas delivered again with this dead-on tale of "Slo-Mo" Finsternick, a genius player with a patented thirty-foot hook shot. Eventually, though,Slo-Mobegins to move away from his kind, truthful, polite, and self-effacing ways and gradually learns to behave like a famous athlete. Can the big man's innocence survive the charms of the big show?
Shunned by his shorter peers, "Slo Mo" spends lonely days at the cult compost heap tossing a basketball through a wire hoop. He never misses. Through no fault of his own, he's discovered by the NBA and becomes the hottest sports icon in the country. This is his story, told, like all jock autobiographies, in his own words. As this dead-on parody of big-time sports unfolds, "Slo Mo" gradually learns how a famous athlete is supposed to behave. Kind, truthful, polite, and self-effacing, at first Slo Mo is baffled by the attentions of Jacquanda "Jinx" Silver, the groupie with the world's worst condoms, and by the antics of teammates like Kinity "Death" Dedman, whose attempt at becoming the most outrageous and marketable NBA player is thwarted by the tattooist who thought "Ozzie" meant "Ozzie Nelson," not "Ozzy Osbourne." When the veterans on the team pull the old steal-the-uniform gag, Slo Mo warms up in the janitor's uniform left in its place, setting off a fashion craze on the streets. Eventually, surrounded by an obligatory entourage of people he doesn't know, enticed into endorsing products he doesn't use, Slo Mo begins to lose his innocence, then his patented thirty-foot hook shot. Nothing is sacred in this brilliant send-up of all that annoys in pro sports. Rick Reilly takes on shoe company vultures, egomaniacal athletes, Zen-spouting coaches, rapacious and corrupt recruiters, dumb-slob sportswriters, sleazeball agents, and mindless fans. Reilly shows again why he is the funniest, and best, sportswriter in America.
When overweight thirteen-year-old Elvin Bishop is sent to camp at Christian Brothers Academy Retreat Center, he and his two best friends are forced to try various sports in order to find out where they belong.
Boys 9-14 love fast-paced excitement, whether watching it or reading about it, and NASCAR racing provides pure action. With inside-the-pit detail, Ken Stuckey gives a realistic view of the enormously popular sport of NASCAR, with its death-defying speeds, precisely modified stock cars, fierce competition, and avid fans. In Slowdown at Sears Point, Orly Mann and his veteran crew face tough competition at the circuit's most difficult road race. When Doug Prescott, a junior member of Orly's team, meets die-hard racing fan Paolo Pellegrini, their mutual love of racing forges a friendship that goes beyond their racial differences. Together Doug and Paolo have the most exciting summer of their lives as they solve a mystery and cheer Orly on in the race of his life. Doubt at Daytona rejoins Doug and Paolo at NASCAR's most prestigious race, the Daytona 500. Orly's crew, which now includes Paolo, must be at their fastest for the fiercely competitive qualifying race. Their encounters with fifteen-year-old Juan-Jesus add a volatile element to the tensest contest the team has ever faced.
A riveting inside look at the lucrative world of professional high-stakes sports betting by a journalist who lived a secret life as a key operative in the world's most successful sports gambling ring. When journalist Michael Konik landed an interview with Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews, the largest bet he'd placed on a sporting event was $200. Konik, an expert blackjack and poker player, was no stranger to Vegas. But Matthews was in a different league: the man was rumored to be the world's smartest sports bettor, the mastermind behind "the Brain Trust," a shadowy group of gamblers known for their expertise in beating the Vegas line. Konik had heard the word on the street -- that Matthews was a snake, a conniver who would do anything to gain an edge. But he was also brilliant, cunning, and charming. And when he asked Konik if he'd like to "make a little money" during the football season, the writer found himself seduced . . . So began Michael Konik's wild ride as an operative of the elite Brain Trust. InThe Smart Money, Konik takes readers behind the veil of secrecy shrouding the most successful sports betting operation in America, bypassing the myths and the rumors, going all the way to its innermost sanctum. He reveals how they -- and he -- got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multimillion-dollar offshore betting circuit. He details the excesses and the betrayals, the horse-trading and the paranoia, that are the perks and perils of a lifestyle in which staking inordinate sums of money on the outcome of a single event -- sometimes as much as $1 million on a football game -- is a normal part of doing business.
When Ginny Atkins, by quick thinking, saved an impulsive stranger and the handsome gray horse he could not control from a near fatal accident, she had no idea that this would change the next three years of her life. After the incident, Ginny suddenly found herself the new owner of Smoke Rings, Mr. Pollard's Thoroughbred hunter. And the improbable dream she had admitted only to herself-of trying for the U. S. Equestrian Olympic Team-came a step closer to reality. Coached by a former Olympic rider, Ginny devoted all her energies to achieving perfection of performance with Smoke Rings. But the road to the Olympics was demanding, grueling, and expensive. The relentless training required dedication to withstand its monotony, and the frustrations and sacrifices were not easy for a fun-loving high school senior. Dorothy Lyons, an expert horsewoman herself and the accomplished author of many horse stories for girls, has written an absorbing book, which reaches a dramatic climax at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. There, amid the colorful international hubbub, Ginny's long-treasured dream is realized against the impressive pageantry of the Seventeenth Olympiad.
Autobiography of one of the PGA Tour's most colorful characters, "The Merry Mex," Lee Trevino.
When the son of the new manager of the ski resort starts a snowboard cross team and will not allow girls to join, Brian and Hannah try to think of a way to change his mind.
Dennis O'Malley is a master on his skateboard. Although everyone else he knows skis all winter, a bad skiing accident has left him afraid to try it again. But when his friend Tasha gets a new snowboard, Dennis begins to wonder if he can turn his skateboarding abilities into snowboarding abilities. As he tries to develop his skills, he is challenged by rival snowboarders who make him doubt himself on his board. Can Dennis overcome his fears on the slopes in time to prove them wrong?
Rivalry flares between twelve-year-old Freddie and his fourteen-year-old brother Dondi, both on and off the snowboarding slopes, nearly leading to disaster.
Traces the history of this recreational activity, describes the required equipment and basic techniques, concludes with a discussion of safety issues and competitive aspects of the sport.
Richards (philosophy, U. of Tennessee, Knoxville) assembles 31 essays by philosophers and non-philosophers from around the world who consider philosophical aspects of soccer. They consider such topics as why the game is fascinating; concepts like miracles, luck, team spirit, morality, rationality, virtue, identity, aesthetics, beauty, and life; connections to the ideas of Nietzsche, Aristotle, Plato, Picasso, Kant, and Kierkegaard; and aspects related to players and referees.
While playing a soccer video game, Renny finds himself suddenly transported to a World Cup practice field, where someone is trying to sabotage the U.S. team. How can Renny help find who is to blame before disaster strikes the team?<P> Ages 7-14.
Dewey London and Bundy Neel are psyched about the new summer soccer league, until they learn about the contest to be team captain: Whoever draws the best team logo will be named captain. Should artistic Dewey enter even though Bundy would make a better captain?
After Alan accidentally kicks his teammate Eddie during a game, he not only has problems kicking but also has to endure teasing by another fullback.
Bundy works hard at being the best soccer player he can be. He always encourages his teammates, and works extra hard during practice. So when his attitude changes, little does his teammates know that he's been saddled with a baby-sitter. Illustrations.
Lisa Gaddy is a starting fullback for the 'Cats and she plays her position well -- except for one thing. She's small for her age, so her throw-ins from the sidelines don't go very far. Sometimes the ball winds up landing in front of an opponent instead of a teammate. She can't stop taking throw-ins (though one of her teammates thinks she should), but unless she grows three inches before the season ends, there doesn't seem to be any way she can improve. Or is there? The coach has an idea to turn Lisa's throw-ins into the 'Cats' secret weapon. . . .