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Children's Literature - Karen Werner
In 1992 Shaun White learned to ride a snowboard. In 2006 he won a gold medal in the halfpipe competition at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. At the age of nineteen he won his fourth straight gold medal in slopestyle at the Winter X games. This book follows the exciting and successful career of an amazing athlete. As a baby he had a heart condition, which affected the oxygen supply in his blood. Following two heart surgeries he recovered and grew into an energetic boy. Growing up in Carlsbad, California, he always loved to surf, ski, jump on a trampoline, and play soccer. Shaun and his brothers spent hours skateboarding and learning tricks in their backyard. One year when the family went skiing, Shaun became fascinated with the snowboarders. Shaun was a snowboarding natural. At age seven he won his first amateur snowboarding contest. As an amateur, the cost of travel and equipment was paid by the family. This was very difficult for the White family, so Shaun decided to turn professional in order to earn money from competitions and endorsements. In the summer of 2002, Shaun focused more on his skateboarding and joined Tony Hawk's Gigantic Skatepark Tour. Although he was encouraged to become a professional skateboarder, he wanted to concentrate on snowboarding. In 2003 he became the youngest rider to win the U.S. Open Slopestyle Championship. He ended the season as the world's top-ranked snowboarder. For his performance in both snowboarding and skateboarding he won the ESPN "Espy" award for Best Action Sports Athlete. Shaun has a snowboarding DVD and has signed with a video game developer to help create a new snowboarding game. With continued hard work and a little luck, Shaun looksforward to winning another gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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Gr 2–4
This biography of the snowboarder who, at 19, was nicknamed the "Flying Tomato" at the 2006 Winter Olympics offers a brief account of White's early passion for skateboarding and snowboarding, and his rise to become a champion athlete. The book includes a time line of "Selected Career Highlights" and average-quality color photos. Skateboarding and snowboarding fans will be drawn to this title for reports or browsing.
—Michael GillerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822568414
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Amazing Athletes Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    One hot book

    When Shaun White was born in 1986, no one would ever think he would become a world famous athlete because he was a sickly baby in need of heart surgery. Tetralogy of Fallot is a "heart problem that affects the supply of oxygen in the blood" and he needed heart surgery when he was an infant. He soon turned into a very active little boy who loved to participate in all kinds of sports, including skateboarding. Shaun was into skiing, along with the rest of his family, and when he saw snowboarders at Bear Mountain in his native California he was hooked. The only problem was that he was only six-years-old and the resort wouldn't consider giving him lessons until he was twelve. No sweat . . . his father, Roger, took the lessons and in turn taught Shaun. Of course his mother was not happy with the idea and said he could only ride fakie. Shaun had found his sport and by the time he was seven he started to win championships. If you watched him in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, you saw some hot moves. He was catching some big air and stunned the world by landing his final trick, the Double McTwist 2060. According to Peetu Piiroinen, who placed second, "It's impossible to beat Shaun unless he falls." Shaun was a "snowboarding natural" when he was a youngster and, as amazing as it seems, appears to get better every year. In this book you will learn about his childhood, the competitions and titles he took, his "career" in skateboarding (he was a two-sport star), when he turned pro, his X Games medals, and you'll learn many other interesting facts about one of the best extreme sports athletes out there! This fantastic book about Shaun White, a "high-flying" extreme athlete, will thrill the young reader. The newly revised edition is up to date and includes his 2010 successes and even includes a picture of him as he appears on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. The layout of the book is very appealing with numerous full color photographs and informative sidebars. For example, in one sidebar we learn about how Shaun and his brother designed a room at Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, selected career highlights, and additional recommended book and websites to explore. Quill says: If you have a youngster in your house who is a fan of White's or loves extreme sports, this is one hot book you should take a look at!

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