Sonja Henie is starts off just like others ordinary girl, she grew up in wealthy family in Norway. She is a very talented tennis player, horseback rider, ballerina, and of course we cannot leave out that she is a talented figure skater. Growing up with a wonderful dream since she was young, she attempted at the first Olympic Winter Games held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. Henie performed a jump and a sit spin; it was a big deal at the time because women rarely compete in the Olympic or major events, so not all of them can pull out hard routines like she did. Unfairly, Henie had finish last-eight out of eight competitors, but she didn’t give up yet. After a few years, Sonja fulfilled her dream with hard work by becoming a successful woman and well-known throughout the world. She began “challenges by younger skaters including Cecilia Colledge, Megan Taylor, and Hedy Stenuf. However, she held off these competitors and went on to win her third Olympic title at the 1936 Winter Olympic” (Source A). She became well-known in the ice skating field no...
While there is little diversity in many sports, gymnastics is starting to make giant leaps toward multi-racial integration. Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles are creating waves in the gymnastics community, sparking national pride with each gold medal. They are leading the fight against racism in gymnastics by proving that they are just as good, if not better than the traditional gymnasts due to their hard work and persistence, combined with raw talent. They are inspiring girls everywhere to follow their dreams, no matter what obstacles get in the way. They are the American heroes who made gymnast history.
In the summer of 1996, millions of eyes were glued to the little ladies wearing red, white, and blue as they attempted to do what no one from America had done before: bring home the team gold for the women's gymnastics team at the summer Olympics. It seemed that it had come down to the very last vault. Everyone held their breath as they watched the United States' last chance limp to the start of runway after a disastrous first attempt on the apparatus. Fear and pain were etched into her face as she raised her right arm and sprinted towards the vault. Time stood still as she twisted through the air. The young gymnast's name was Kerri Strug. Kerri's relationships, behaviors, and decisions throughout her life allowed her to achieve many things and to take action in the most adverse and demanding situation of her life, her second vault at the 1996 Summer Olympics (Parrillo n.pag).
Reggie Miller once said that his greatest opponent wasn't anyone he has ever played against in neither college nor the NBA. His greatest opponent was his sister. "Most would say losing to your sister is a disgrace, but if you knew my sister. You understand my pain." (SportsonEarth.com)
Marla Runyan created hope for people all over the world. She was the first woman to finish 8th in the 1500 yard dash for America.She also hold many world records.She broke records like the indoor 5000m and set a best 800m. This happened while supporting a family. Not to minchin playing soccer and gymnastics in high school including every trak imaginable.
Childhood: We start off when she was little. Gracie was born on August 17, 1995, in Newton Massachusetts. Her parents started her career when she was only 2. According to Gracie Gold Biography, they moved to Springfield, Missouri when she was only 5. After they moved, she refused to skate for the next several years. But in second grade, she was invited to a friend’s birthday party, at a local skating rink. "While I circled around and around in my brown rental skates, I studied a group of skaters spinning in the center," Gracie told the interviewer. She was fascinated! When her mom picked her up, she began to campaign for skating lessons. Her parents finally gave in and enrolled her skating lessons. They also helped her to become an all around athlete by enrolling her in other sports such as, swimming, gymnastics, and tennis. Her twin sister, Carly is also a competitive figure skater. Their parents soon moved to Chicago so that both Gracie and Carly could take lessons from a famous trainer, Alexander Ouriashev.
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The sheer energy of a gymnast alone can be felt by audiences of all ages, but what the spectators lack the ability to feel is the pounding of the bodies that bear the impact of the athletes in action. Gymnastics consists of a mixture of acrobatic performances of four different events for females, and six different events for males (Gianoulis 1). Gymnastics is demanding in a multitude of ways, including: physically, emotionally and mentally. It requires countless hours of dedication. The concerns of most gymnasts are moving up to the next level, or getting a more advanced skill, while the concerns of the doctors, coaches, and parents revolve mostly around the athlete’s health, which is put at stake for the adored yet dangerous sport. Injuries are common among both male and female gymnast alike, but due to the fact a female gymnast’s career peaks at the same time of major growth and development, a female gymnast’s body as a whole is more likely to undergo lifelong changes or affects (Gianoulis 2). Among the injuries of the mind blowing athletes, the most common ones affect the ankles, feet, lower back, wrist, and hands of individuals (Prevention and Treatment 1). From sprains, to the breaks, the intriguing sport of gymnastics is physically demanding on a gymnast’s body.
Gabby's story starts out as a sad one, though she does not reflect on it as such. She has no idea who her father is and her mother...well when able to fight her own demons did her best. But sometimes the draw of a good high was just too much to resist. So Gabby was left to in a way raising herself after a certain age.