Sports Stories of 2009

All of these articles should be read by young kids as they point out the importance of overcoming the adversity of teasing and bad breaks, and the importance of “never giving up.”  They were all published in the New York Times on 12/24/09.

Swimming:  Rewriting the Olympic Record Book
By KAREN CROUSE
In the summer of 2008, Michael Phelps captivated the world while collecting a record eight gold medals at a single Olympics.

Can’t-Miss Prospect Who Did Returns at 28
By HOWARD BECK
Jonathan Bender was a lottery pick out of high school in 1999 and drew comparisons to Kevin Garnett. Injuries forced him to retire in 2006, but he is now playing again, with the Knicks.

He Shoots, He Skis, and Europe Takes Notice
By KATIE THOMAS
Tim Burke, the first American to take first place in the World Cup biathlon standings, gives the U.S. great hopes ahead of the Olympics.



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