Lance Armstrong had a goal--win a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in cycling. With the Games taking place in Atlanta, it seemed only natural for this American cycling star to want to excel before his countrymen. However, after a disappointing 12th place finish in the 138-mile road race competition, Armstrong knew something was wrong. He soon learned that he had testicular cancer, which had spread to his chest, lungs and brain. Given only a 50/50 chance to survive, he was faced with the most difficult test of his life, saying to himself at one point, ''Oh my God, I am going to die." The author has done a masterful job explaining Armstrong's successful fight against cancer and his amazing return to competitive cycling. Indeed, after defeating cancer, Armstrong completed one of sports' greatest comebacks by winning the 1999 Tour de France (and he won it again in 2000). This title will be an excellent addition to schools and libraries, providing solid information about Lance Armstrong and also showing young readers how a star athlete overcame long odds and succeeded beyond all expectations. 2000, The Millbrook Press, Ages 8 to 10, $23.90. Reviewer: Bruce Adelson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This easy-to-read title is as inspirational as it is informational. It is more than just an athlete's biography; it is the story of a cancer survivor who came back to win the 1999 Tour de France. Readers will find themselves completely awed by the modesty, dedication, humility, strength, and courage of this young man. The full-color action photographs will transport them to bicycle races in various locales around the world. There are also shots of Armstrong with David Letterman (from his appearance on the Late Show), President Clinton, and family and fans. A two-page "Brief History of Cycling" is included. A good addition for most libraries.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.