Doug Cannon is a video whiz, a decent hockey goalie – and overweight.  He is often the butt of his friends’ jokes, but he tries not to let it get to him.  That’s before he meets Red Roberts.  An energetic cycling enthusiast, Red encourages Doug to help out with the construction of a new bike path and to learn more about the sport of cycling.  All summer, Doug struggles against his old habits to become the young athlete Red th...

Joey Vass wasn’t a swimmer, but since his family bought a house on the shore of a lake, he decided he’d better learn how.  Everything is going along fine until a guy on the school swimming team starts to tease him constantly. Angered by the teasing, Joey decides to become expert at a different kind of swimming long distance.  Joey swears that before he leaves high school he’ll swim the length of the lake:  a distance of twent...

Twelve-year-old Traci Winchell is a gifted gymnast, but lately she’s been having trouble-so much trouble that her coach warns her she may need to drop out or else risk serious injury. Traci is heartbroken. Without gymnastics, what sport is there for her to do? Then she meets a diving coach who says Traci might be able to make a move to diving. The coach willing to train her, but Traci will have to work hard. Traci wants to find something to fi...

Billy fights to prove he can go the distance Running has always been the fastest and easiest way for Billy Chekko to get around. Now that he’s on the track team, running has a whole new meaning. It’s his chance to show his family and his friends what he’s really made of. But when Billy is goaded by a bully into a race he stands little chance of winning, he’s faced with the greatest challenge of his life. Will he decide to run or walk away?

Theo Gordimer is a classic thirteen-year-old coach potato: he prefers video games and TV shows to playing sports. Then his favorite aunt is diagnosed with cancer. Theo wants to do something to help her, but what? Then his friend Paul tells him about an upcoming five-kilometer road race to raise money for cancer research. Theo is panicked: running the race seems like the perfect way to help out his aunt, but 5K is more than three miles! Theo ca...

Can Jamie learn to live with her new stepsister? When Jamie Bonner’s father remarries, Jamie’s life turns upside down. She’s not just getting a new mother, but a new sister her own age. Jamie tries hard to like Michaela, but Michaela seems to be better at everything than Jamie. Volleyball is the only thing Jamie has left that’s all her own. But when a teammate falls prey to an injury, Michaela earns a place on the team, wows everyone with her ...

The Summer Olympics are chock full of epic athletic achievements across hundreds of disciplines, especially Track and Field, Gymnastics, and Swimming. These are the sports that gave us Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, Wilma Rudolph and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olga Korbut and Mary Lou Retton—tremendous athletes whose Olympic accomplishments thrill us now just as much as they did when they occurred. Now readers can relive those moments in this fact-fil...

The Olympic Games offer athletes something few others sporting events can: the chance to be recognized as the best in the world at a given sport. With stories of great triumphs (such as Nadia Comaneci’s amazing feat of scoring seven perfect scores in gymnastics) and losses (such as U.S. diver Greg Louganis’ shocking injury on the Olympic diving board), the Olympics not only embody the competitive human spirit, but also set a stage for world po...