Amazing Winter Olympics: Luge
Amazing Winter Olympics: Luge
Amazing Winter Olympics: Luge

Amazing Winter Olympics: Luge

Ashley Gish (Author)

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Celebrate the Winter Games with this high-interest introduction to luge, the sport known for its sleds and icy courses. Also included is a biographical story about slider Shiva Keshavan.

Part of the Amazing Winter Olympics series

 

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"Every four years, the finest athletes from around the world gather for the Winter Olympics. This wonderful event is held at various cities in different nations and features amazing athletic prowess, hard fought competitions, and the skills and artistry that the world’s most gifted athletes can display. There are a host of Olympic events that make up the menu of competitions that receive the most attention from athletes and viewers. Each of these sports, whether they represent team or individual competitions, is supremely challenging. Through diligence, talents, and a commitment to excellence, Olympic athletes accomplish marvelous feats of skill in a tournament that garners attention from people around the world. In this selection from the illustrated “Amazing Winter Olympics” series, readers will learn a bit about the luge. Luge has been a Winter Olympics event since 1984. Traditionally, Germany has dominated this sport, although other nations have certainly contributed to the growing enthusiasm for this high-speed event. In luge, as readers of this informative book will discover, men and women slide down a one-mile course on specially designed sleds that can reach speeds of more than 90 MPH. Luge drivers slide downhill on tracks that lose at least 400 feet of elevation and do so feet first. There are no brakes on a luge sled and the sport can be very dangerous. Luge events are single or team competitions and feature either solo or tandem riders. Both men and women compete at the Winter Olympics. The basic elements of luge as a sport are well handled in this concise book, but it is the color photography included in the text that steals the show. Shots of luge drivers streaming down the course, the specialized gear they wear, and the pure dynamism of the sport virtually leap off the page in the illustrations. Readers, young and old, with an interest in Olympic sports will enjoy this book and find the photography to be truly amazing." Children's Literature, January 2022

Reviews

Every four years, the finest athletes from around the world gather for the Winter Olympics. This wonderful event is held at various cities in different nations and features amazing athletic prowess, hard fought competitions, and the skills and artistry that the world’s most gifted athletes can display. There are a host of Olympic events that make up the menu of competitions that receive the most attention from athletes and viewers. Each of these sports, whether they represent team or individual competitions, is supremely challenging. Through diligence, talents, and a commitment to excellence, Olympic athletes accomplish marvelous feats of skill in a tournament that garners attention from people around the world. In this selection from the illustrated “Amazing Winter Olympics” series, readers will learn a bit about the luge. Luge has been a Winter Olympics event since 1984. Traditionally, Germany has dominated this sport, although other nations have certainly contributed to the growing enthusiasm for this high-speed event. In luge, as readers of this informative book will discover, men and women slide down a one-mile course on specially designed sleds that can reach speeds of more than 90 MPH. Luge drivers slide downhill on tracks that lose at least 400 feet of elevation and do so feet first. There are no brakes on a luge sled and the sport can be very dangerous. Luge events are single or team competitions and feature either solo or tandem riders. Both men and women compete at the Winter Olympics. The basic elements of luge as a sport are well handled in this concise book, but it is the color photography included in the text that steals the show. Shots of luge drivers streaming down the course, the specialized gear they wear, and the pure dynamism of the sport virtually leap off the page in the illustrations. Readers, young and old, with an interest in Olympic sports will enjoy this book and find the photography to be truly amazing.

–Greg Romaneck, Children's Literature, 01/01/2022

Beautiful photos and simple, straight-forward text introduce young readers to the basics of a range of popular winter Olympic events. Some sports, like hockey, curling, and speed skating, cover one event, while others describe a great many. Freestyle skiers may all use similar equipment, but the events—aerials, moguls, slopestyle, big air, halfpipe, and crosscountry—are drastically different in both the skills required and time it takes to complete the courses. In addition to describing how each event rolls out, the books include equipment needed to participate, like sleds in luge or the different skates used in figure skating and hockey. Each book ends with a spotlight of a famous athlete, like the incredible Ester Ledecká, who is the first person ever to win gold in two separate sports (snowboarding and skiing). As far as informational picturebooks go, these are fine specimens. VERDICT A recommended first purchase.

School Library Journal, 04/01/2022

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