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Roberto Clemente – baseball player

Roberto Clemente - baseball player

Roberto Clemente – baseball player

Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player, Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder. In 1973 he was posthumously included into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first Latin American to be awarded this honor. He participated in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game 12 times, became the most valuable player in the NL and won twelve Golden Gloves in eighteen seasons.
Roberto Clemente Walker was born on August 18, 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He was the youngest of seven children, six of whom were boys. Clemente’s parents instilled in him the values of hard work, respect, dignity, and generosity.
As a child, Roberto loved baseball. He listened to baseball games on the radio. He played baseball with his friends. He also played in high school on a city team.
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Sonja Henie – great figure skater

Sonja Henie – great figure skater

Sonja Henie – great figure skater

Sonja Henie was a Norwegian figure skater, one of the greatest athletes. She was the first skater to perform spins and jumps. She was the first superstar among figure skaters, and the first—and still only—woman to win three Olympic gold medals in figure skating (1928, 1932, 1936).
Sonja was born on April 8, 1912, in Oslo, Norway. Her father was a wealthy salesman and a former amateur cycling champion, and her mother had a fortune of her own.
She started to ice skate when she was five years old. At age nine, Sonja won her first skating competition. Her family decided that Sonja should start to train seriously. Her father helped her, and she won her first national championship. Sonja was only 11 years old when she represented Norway in the Olympics in 1924. She finished in last place, but she got a lot of attention because she was so young. In 1927, at the tender age of 14, she won the first of ten consecutive world championships.
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Edmund Hillary – first man to climb Mount Everest

Edmund Hillary – first man to climb Mount Everest

Edmund Hillary – first man to climb Mount Everest

Edmund Hillary was one of the greatest explorers and mountaineers of the 20th century. He was the first man to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. He made three visits to the Himalayas before trying to climb the world’s highest mountain. On 29th May, 1953 (the same day as Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation), Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, one of the Sherpas (local people who carry equipment on Himalayan expeditions), reached the top of Everest.
Edmund Percival Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. He discovered his joy in the mountains on a school trip to Mount Ruapehu, and it never left him.
During the 1940s he made many climbs in New Zealand, particularly in the Southern Alps.
In 1953 he got the invitation to join Sir John Hunt’s expedition to Everest. The group left Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 10, 1953. On May 29, Hillary and Tenzing reached the peak.
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Jim Thorpe – great athlete

Jim Thorpe – great athlete

Jim Thorpe – great athlete

Jim Thorpe was an American track star and professional football and baseball player. He was also an Olympic gold medal winner and a national hero. He excelled not only at football, baseball, but also at basketball, boxing, lacrosse, swimming, and hockey.
James Francis Thorpe was born on May 28, 1888 in an Indian Territory that is now Oklahoma. He was a Native American. His Native American name was Wa-tho-huck meaning Bright Path.
In his childhood he liked to fish, hunt, swim, and play games outdoors. He was strong and healthy child. Jim had a twin brother who died of pneumonia when he was nine years old. The death of his twin left Thorpe with a deep emotional wound.
Jim went to a special school in Pennsylvania for Native American children. It was famous for its football team.
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Babe Didrikson Zaharias – great American athlete

Babe Didrikson Zaharias – great American athlete

Babe Didrikson Zaharias – great American athlete

Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete and golfer, two-time Olympic Games champion and winner of 41 LPGA tournaments. She was one of the greatest American athletes of modem times.
Mildred Ella was born on June 26, 1911 in Port Arthur, Texas into a family of Norwegian immigrants. She was the sixth of seven children. Her mother was a former skier and skater, and her father worked as a ship’s carpenter and cabinetmaker. When she was 4 years old, a hurricane destroyed the city and its suburbs, and her family moved to the city of Beaumont, Texas.
As a child, she played baseball, basketball, and tennis. She also enjoyed running and other sports. For her sporting success at school, she received the nickname “Babe” in honor of baseball player Babe Ruth.
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Arthur Ashe – tennis player

Arthur Ashe – tennis player

Arthur Ashe – tennis player

Arthur Ashe was an American tennis player. He became the first African American tennis player to achieved considerable success. During his career he had three Grand Slam wins. His career lasted from 1966 to 1980. In 1969 he was recognized as the best sportsman of the United States.
Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. was born on July 10, 1943 in Richmond, United States. At the age of seven he played tennis for the first time.
One day, a teacher noticed Arthur’s ability in tennis. Arthur became an excellent amateur tennis player. After high school, Arthur went to St. Louis, Missouri, to train with another coach. At the age of 19, he was one of the best young players in the United States.
Arthur studied at the University of California in Los Angeles.
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Muhammad Ali – legendary boxer

Muhammad Ali – legendary boxer

Muhammad Ali – legendary boxer

Muhammad Ali is American professional boxer, one of the most famous and recognizable fighters in world boxing history. He was the only professional boxer to win the heavyweight championship three times.
Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, the USA. His father, Cassius Clay, Sr., was a frustrated artist who painted signs for a living.
In 1954, Cassius Clay learned to box at a gym in Louisville, Kentucky. He was only 12 years old. At the gym, he met a trainer who taught him to move with light, quick steps, Cassius had a natural talent for boxing. Throughout the 1950s, he appeared on a local television program Tomorrow’s Champions. He was paid four dollars for each televised match.
In 1959, Clay won the National Golden Gloves title. The next year, he won an Olympic gold medal and became a professional boxer.
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