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Swimming Star



Swimming Star
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.01

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    races, arms, swimmers, anymore, record, picked, college, become, born, sail, wife, enter, take, country, also, coach
     content words:    Mark Spitz, Pan American Games, American Games, Western Hemisphere, Olympic Games, Mexico City, Indiana University, Doc Counsilman, World Swimmer
Swimming Star

By Jody Williams
1     Many children take swimming lessons. Some children are afraid of the water. Others like the water. Most children start by blowing bubbles. This gets them used to the water. Then, they learn to move their arms. They learn to kick their legs. Soon, they can swim from their swim teacher to the wall. Then, the big day arrives. Children jump off of the diving board or side of the pool. They swim across the pool without help. They have become swimmers.
 
2     Experts say that Mark Spitz is one of the greatest swimmers of all time. He was born on February 10, 1950. He was born in California. His family moved to Hawaii when he was two years old. His dad taught him how to swim. His family moved back to California. Mark swam in races. He was good.
 
3     When Mark was nine years old, he started training. He wanted to become a great swimmer. Between the ages of 10 and 16, he won many races. He set records. In 1967, he swam in the Pan American Games. The Pan American Games are held every four years. They are similar to the Olympics. Only countries in the Western Hemisphere compete in the Pan American Games. The Olympic Games are for athletes from all over the world. Mark Spitz won five gold medals at the Pan American Games.

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     Spanish Reading Comprehension: Una estrella de la natación




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