Growing up in a crime-plagued, gang-infested neighborhood, Venus and Serena Williams were led to believe their environment was not a place where dreams could come true. It took a relentless determination, a burning desire to be the best, and a willingness to conquer racial barriers for them to emerge as tennis legends. Simone Biles was raised by a single mother with addiction issues, forcing her grandparents to intervene. But Simone soon discovered balance beams and gymnastics mats, setting her on a path toward Olympic greatness. Carli Lloyd, meanwhile, believed her youth soccer career was really starting to take off, only to be cut from her team. Instead of quitting the sport she loved, Carli rebuilt her confidence from the ground up, ultimately becoming one of the leaders on the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's Soccer team.
The athletes featured in this book met earth-shaking challenges head on, and through hard work and perseverance, went on to conquer the sports world. This collection of mini biographies, complete with first-hand content drawn from interviews, is a source of inspiration and self-empowerment for kids and sports fans of all ages.
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"The difference between an ordinary athlete and a champion often comes down to attitude and inspiration. Gabra Zackman engagingly narrates this wide-ranging collection of stories about high-achieving women in a variety of sports--Venus and Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Carli Lloyd, and others. Zackman has a pleasant, conversational tone while relating the events of these athletes' lives on and off the field and court. She excels at creating distinct voices for a dozen women of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Zackman's skill at bringing to life their recollections of the difficulties they have faced and the feelings of triumph in their victories elevates this audiobook beyond a mere recitation of facts to a remarkable look at what it takes to succeed in sports and in life. N.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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