The Ultimate Famous Athlete Biography Bundle

The Ultimate Famous Athlete Biography Bundle

by Hyperink Publishing

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Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player. More specifically, he is a shooting guard (#24) for the Los Angeles Lakers and has been since 1996. Bryant is a great basketball player and some argue that hes one of the best that ever played. Over the span of time that Bryant has been with the Lakers, the team has gone on to win five championships. He is best known for his offensive skills but has also made his mark on the defensive side of basketball.

His career has included some scandal on and off the court. Most notably, Bryants ongoing sibling rivalry with Shaquille ONeal got pretty heated in the 2003-2004 season. That season ended with the Lakers losing the NBA Finals and ONeal leaving the Lakers. Bryant has also faced scandal in his marriage and personal life.

In 2003, Bryant was arrested based on allegations that he had sexually assaulted a 19 year old hotel employee. Bryant admitted to an adulterous affair with the woman but repeatedly denied sexually assaulting her. Despite the drama, Bryant continues to have a strong fan base and to perform well in the game.

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Lance Armstrong

Lance Edward Armstrong, born in Plano, TX, on September 18, 1971, had a difficult childhood. His mother, Linda Mooneyham, was a high-school student with dreams of joining drill team and going to college. Instead, she found herself a newly married, 16-year-old dropout. Lances biological father, Eddie Gunderson, was a reluctant father and abusive husband.

When Lance was two years old, Mooneyham divorced Gunderson, and not long after, married salesman Terry Armstrong. The restless and rambunctious boy never bonded with his stern and abusive stepfather, although the elder Armstrong was present for the greater part of his childhood.

Biographer John Wilcockson believes Lance Armstrongs rocky relationship with his stepfather, though in some ways traumatic, was key to his development as a world-class athlete: I believe that the 14 years he was Lance's dad was a very interesting period. That's when the making of Lance as a champion happened.

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Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao has a record unrivaled in the history of boxing, including titles in eight different weight divisions. Experts consider him, pound-for-pound, the best boxer in the world. He is an unstoppable force, with punches of lightning speed and razor-sharp accuracy.

He has amassed a vast personal fortune from his fights, endorsements, and real estate investments. He has received humanitarian awards in his native Philippines. Time magazine even named him one of the 100 most influential people of 2009. His fans the world over include politicians (such as Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) and superstar athletes (like Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett).

He goes by many nicknames, including Pac Man, The Peoples Champ, and The Destroyer. And in the Philippines, he is revered like none other. His persona has taken on a legendary status, thanks in great part to his love for his nation. Despite his wealth, he lives in his impoverished hometown of General Santos City. He is known to be generous and charitable, handing out money and gifts to those in need. He is the founder of the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, a philanthropic organization aimed at improving the lives of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014439824
Publisher: Hyperink
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

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