2010 marks the year for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Read brief descriptions and facts about alpine and freestyle skiing. The information touches the different types of alpine skiing: the downhill, slalom, giant slalom, Super-G, and super combined. The freestyle skiing events like the aerials, moguls, and ski cross are also briefly described. There are many captioned, color photographs catching the action of the skiers. The text layout has the main heading on the left page and the multiple subheadings on the right. Under each subheading is a block of text comprised of a few facts. There are several inserts throughout the book. For instance, on the bottom border of the pages, there are inserts that have the names of the 2006 Olympic medalists. Different alpine and freestyle skiing champions are featured in the book and brief facts are shared about them. The index may be helpful to those readers looking for particular alpine and freestyle skiers. A key to the country abbreviations that are used is listed in the back of the book. Some readers may require an introduction to the format and style of this informational text of quick, informational reference notes and facts. For more information about the sport, several Internet sites are provided along with books titles for further reading. This book is a part of the "Winter Olympic Sports" series; however, it is noted that the books in the series are not a part of the official Olympic association. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–This series has potential interest for use around the 2010 Winter Olympics, but it disappoints. The authors dryly recite facts as though writing for an almanac even though they are covering topics that could have inspired exciting narratives. Most of the color photographs are run of the mill and are shot at a mid-range distance, meaning that the skiers all look the same. Some fact boxes, such as the one about women hockey players, are on the wrong page. Other missed opportunities abound. For example, the two brief sentences in Paralympic Sports about how visually impaired biathletes shoot at targets that make electronic sounds will leave readers wanting more. Similar information is readily available elsewhere.