Real-life Olympic Legends

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By Alison Milford — Author and poet

An information text providing biographical information on sportsmen and sportswomen who have become Olympic legends. Courage, determination, talent and strength are all qualities this group share.


Shared learning and teaching

Before reading

  • Establish what the children already know about the modern Olympics. Clarify facts about where and when they have been held, what sports are included and the medal system.
  • Challenge the children in pairs to think of as many Olympic sportspeople as they can. Discuss what qualities they all have – eg, determination, talent, courage and strength. Talk about why we might refer to them as ‘a legend’.
  • What information do we need to know about these people – eg, where and when they were born, nationality, sport, number of medals won.
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