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How to Win the Gold Medal

The 2012 London Olympics have come to a close.  Now, I can’t pretend to tell you how to win an Olympic gold medal.  I can’t tell you how to get to the Olympics.  What I do know is that there were teenagers doing incredible Olympic feats at the 2012 London Games.  To even get to the Olympics is amazing—to win a medal is incredible.  To win a landmark medal is astounding.  Claressa Shields, 17, won the first gold medal ever awarded for women’s middleweight boxing.

Gabby Douglas, 16, is the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and the team competitions.

Kirani James, 19, won the first gold medal ever for his country of Grenada by winning the gold in the 400 meter race.

Missy Franklin, 17, won 4 gold medals and set several American records.  This YouTube video was created by a fan.

Wow.  These teens are absolutely inspirational.  Check out these books about teens, sports, and life.


Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

Happy reading and happy sporting!

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