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Children's LiteratureThe tone for this book is set in the foreword by Olympic gold medalist ice skater Peggy Fleming and is carried through the author's introduction and subsequent text. Fleming addresses the pressures she felt and the confidence she gained that has carried her throughout her life. Macy focuses on the history, the athletes and the unusual events that have occurred since the first Winter Olympics was held in 1924. Readers will learn about the weather issues that can still disrupt events, the debates over amateur status, scandals that have occurred, and the incredible feats of many amazing athletes such as Sonja Henie, Eric Heiden, Jean-Claude Killy, the 1980 US hockey team, and the influence of extreme sports on the newest events. Each of her chapters considers a different topic. The appendix is full of information that includes a world map showing the locations, dates, and a summary of each Olympics, with a picture of the official poster next to it. Clear and eye-catching color and vintage black-and-white action photos provide faces for the names in the text and awesome perspectives. An occasional two-page spread brings the reader into the sport and the era, but its placement has a tendency to jar the reader out of the text. However, it is easy enough to get back into it. Clear and succinct in how the Winter Olympics has evolved, this title also includes the new events for 2006. 2006, National Geographic, Ages 9 to 14.