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The Case for Gymnast Simone Biles as the Greatest Athlete of All Time

Is gymnast Simone Biles the greatest athlete of all time? Some say yes. Biles is a highly decorated female gymnast who challenges herself to learn difficult – and dangerous – gymnastic moves. In a punishing sport that sidelines most young athletes after only a few years, Biles is headed to Tokyo to compete in her second Olympic games. Listen to a sports writer discuss Biles’ amazing accomplishments and some of the factors that contribute to her success.


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  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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