Gymnastics: The Trials, the Triumphs, the Truth

Gymnastics: The Trials, the Triumphs, the Truth

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by Dan Gutman
     
 

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How did Kerri Strug go from Olympic hopeful to Olympic champion? How does Dominique Moceanu spend a typical day? This thorough, fun-to-read book answers those questions and many more. You-ll learn the ins and outs of the equipment and events, find out how scoring is done, read about the history of the sport, and lots more! Dan Gutman's insider look at gymnastics

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How did Kerri Strug go from Olympic hopeful to Olympic champion? How does Dominique Moceanu spend a typical day? This thorough, fun-to-read book answers those questions and many more. You-ll learn the ins and outs of the equipment and events, find out how scoring is done, read about the history of the sport, and lots more! Dan Gutman's insider look at gymnastics has been fully updated to include the 1996 Olympics and is sure to enthrall aspiring gymnasts and devoted fans alike.'A glossary, a chronology, and an entertaining chapter of gymnastics trivia round out this easily read, timely overview of a popular sport.'— BooklistDan Gutman is the author of many books for children, including Ice Skating, Taking Flight: My Story by Vicky Van Meter, and World Series Classics. He lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Gutman provides a fascinating review of the world of gymnastics, from its beginnings to the superstars of tomorrow. One chapter reviews each event in gymnastics, from the rings to the balance beam, with clear explanations of the moves performed on each piece of apparatus-photographs arrayed in a time-lapse pattern help the reader understand the trickier elements. Relatively unknown facets such as rhythmic gymnastics are also explained. Scoring is covered, which is a helpful preview to the upcoming Olympics. The author doesn't avoid areas of controversy, from the complaints surfacing about Coach Bela Karolyi's methods, to the eating disorders and other darker complications of the sport, to the politics surrounding judging. Timelines and trivia round out the book.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8A straightforward overview. Gutman covers the history of the sport, its events, judging, and scoring in an informal, breezy style and profiles people and problems, both past and present, within the readable text. An eight-page full-color insert appears at the center of the book. Average-quality black-and-white photographs are sprinkled throughout. While the factual presentation is informative, the writing is often choppy and is marred by the use of slang expressions. Nonetheless, the harsh realities of the sport and its effects on individuals come through loud and clear.Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreeboro
Kirkus Reviews
A history and commentary on the Olympic sport of gymnastics, with sections on the various events, past and present superstars of the sport, judging, terminology, problems, and trivia. While Gutman (Taking Flight, 1995, not reviewed, etc.) highlights the beautiful and fascinating aspects of this popular sport, he is also brutally frank in discussing the negative aspects, especially for the young girls who participate. Sections on Olga and Nadia will bring back memories for parents and teachers. The thorough, extremely readable, coverage includes quotes from famous gymnasts, a day-in- the-life chapter, medal results from all of the modern games, a discussion of politics, a where-are-they-now section, and more.

A valuable companion, out just in time for the summer games.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141301303
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
433,842
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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