American Victory: Wrestling, Dreams and a Journey Toward Home

American Victory: Wrestling, Dreams and a Journey Toward Home

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by Henry Cejudo, Bill Plaschke
     
 

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"Compelling...American Victory represents the triumph of the human spirit." —Los Angeles Times

Henry Cejudo's remarkable journey follows an unlikely hero, the son of illegal immigrants, from the mean streets of South Central LA to the glory of the Beijing Olympics. The first American in sixteen years to win the gold medal in freestyle

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"Compelling...American Victory represents the triumph of the human spirit." —Los Angeles Times

Henry Cejudo's remarkable journey follows an unlikely hero, the son of illegal immigrants, from the mean streets of South Central LA to the glory of the Beijing Olympics. The first American in sixteen years to win the gold medal in freestyle wrestling and the youngest American gold medalist ever in this event, Henry's grit, passion, and resolve on display in China was a culmination of a life spent fighting-both on and off the mat. American Victory is his poignant and powerful memoir of how he rose above the statistics and dangers to become a winner-and a hero that embodies all that's best and most hopeful in the American dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451232038
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
516,698
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Henry Cejudo is a freestyle wrestler who won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Bill Plaschke has been named the Associated Press Sports Columnist of the Year four times. He has been a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times since 1996 and is a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn.

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American Victory: Wrestling, Dreams, and a Journey Toward Home 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really entertaining,funny,and awesome! Anyone whos loves wrestling will really enjoy this book!
oscar5 More than 1 year ago
Theme: this book is about this kid who has follow his dreams and won the Olympic gold medalist in Beijing he lives in South Central Los Angeles his family is really poor his dad is in drugs. One day he was waking on the street and one man ask him do you like to fight and he says I fight in my house for everything with my 3 brothers and I also fight in school because they call me a midget because I¿m short for my age the man ask him you wanna fight for money and he say yes he start fighting he won his first match so he come back to his apartment. My mother wasn¿t around she was probably waking the streets selling tamales or she would have stopped it. My name is Henry Cejudo and by the time I was twelve years old I was ready wrestling for my life, fighting for my soul. When I was born I was sixth of six children two girls and four boys I was the younger. We lived in one bred room hovel in the Southgate apartments in south central Los Angeles. My father worked at a furniture store we never had any furniture of our own we didn¿t have beds and no coaches. The cops were looking for my dad to put him in prison after that my got in prison we move to Las Cruces New Mexico to start new life we didn¿t have a house were we sat for four hours my mom call some one for help they didn¿t answers her were at that moment homeless my mom call and say pastor we need you help hi come and pick us up my mom find a job and she find a places to live she would work all day and night to get money. Them we move to phoenix with my mom sister then we start going to school after middle school is when I move to Colorado spring to the Olympic training. In 2001 I was the state junior champion then I fight 7 years to qualified to the Olympics the I won the gold metal in Beijing. I was the youngest guy to win the gold metal for the United States.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. I purchased it for my son, but I finished it in two days! It was enlightening to read, sad and HAPPY at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about this kid, Henry Judo, who followed his dreams and won the Olympic gold medal in Beijing. He lived in South Central Los Angeles. His family was poor and his dad is addicted to drugs. One day, he was walking on the street and a man asked him: “Do you want to fight?” So Henry replies: “I fight in my house for everything with my three brothers. I also fight in school because they call me a midget because I’m short for my age. So the man asked him if he wanted to fight for money. That sounded good to Henry, so he started fighting. He won his first match, but his mother was not home when he got back or else she probably would have stopped him from fighting. He was only twelve and he was wrestling for his life and soul. His family, except his dad who was put in jail, moved from Los Angeles to New Mexico and then Phoenix. After middle school, he moved to Colorado Springs so he could train at the Olympic training center. Henry Cejudo was the Junior Champion in 2001 and after fighting for seven more years, he qualified for the Olympics in Beijing and took the gold. He was the youngest guy to win the gold for the United States. The message of the book is keep your dream follow your dream never give like this book because he dream to the winner of the wrestling Olympics
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