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March 25, 2002:
Wilma Rudolph is my hero. Her accomplishments at the 1960 Olympic Games are incredible. She won three Gold Medals -- this was the first time an American woman had done this. And what is even more impressive is her life's story before she got to the Olympics. When she was young, she had polio. The doctors thought she would either die or not walk again. Wilma was determined to get better. She kept exercising and knew one day she would walk, run, and play sports. Her first step was walking with a leg brace, and her next step was walking without a leg brace. She did both, and then she won three Gold Medals. Wilma is not my hero only because she won the Gold Medals. She is my hero because of her determination and hard work.
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March 18, 2002:
Amelia Earhart is my hero for her achievements in flying. I love flying, and Amelia Earhart is my inspiration. She set many flying records. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and the first person to fly from Hawaii to California.
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March 11, 2002:
My Grandma. She is always there for me whenever I need her!!!
My Great Grandpa is my hero because he fought very bravely in World War II.

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February 25, 2002:
Torvill and Dean. The skating of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean was simply breath-taking when they received a perfect score during the 1984 Olympics.
Katarina Witt is my hero. Her skating is so graceful and exciting.
Picabo Street. She is my favorite skier because she skies hard and determined on every run. Also, you have to love her name! -- Amy from Tahoe
Dorothy Hamill is my hero. I loved to watch her ice skate. When I was growing up, I wanted to be just like her. In fact, I even had the Dorothy Hamill haircut!!!

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February 18, 2002:
George Washington, the Father of our country, is my hero. He was a strong leader of the Continental Army and a great President. When I was younger, I remember visiting Mount Vernon (Washington's home in Virginia) and learning so much about Washington as a person. I highly recommend visiting Mount Vernon to everyone interested in George Washington. -- Charlie from Rhode Island.
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>>Read about the times in which George Washington lived
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February 11, 2002:
Thomas Edison is my hero. He made so many contributions to our quality of life. He worked very hard to create new inventions. Whenever I turn on the light in a dark room, I am thankful for Thomas Edison. -- Bethany
>>Read about Thomas Alva Edison
>>Read about the times in which Thomas Alva Edison lived
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February 4, 2002:
Highlighting Olympic Heroes!
Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair are my heroes. They are world-class speed skaters and great competitors. Speed skating is the best sport in the Winter Olympics.
Tara Lipinski is my hero because she won a gold medal in women's figure skating in the last Olympics [1998]. She is a great champion and the youngest person to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. I enjoyed watching her skate. -- Ellen S.
Phil and Steve Mahre are my heroes. The 1984 Sarajevo Games were incredible when they won the gold and silver medals in the slalom. Only a few hundredths of a second separated their times. Me and my twin brother are close, but not that close! -- Carl from Miami.
The Jamaican Bobsled Team. What an inspirational story!!!

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January 28, 2002:
Highlighting Family Heroes!
My mom is my hero because she has taught me to be a happy, independent, and loving person. When things get tough, I always think about what advice my mom would give me. She gives me strength even though we live in different parts of the country.

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January 21, 2002:
Martin Luther King, Jr. He is my hero because he tried to get rid of racism - so everyone would have the same or equal rights. LET FREEDOM RING!!!
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January 14, 2002:
Benjamin Franklin is my hero. In school, I learned about Franklin's contributions as a Founding Father. Then I learned more about Ben Franklin's life. He was a fascinating person with many, many talents and interests. He was a writer, printer, scientist, and inventor just to name a few. He also had a great sense of humor. We need more Ben Franklin's in the world. -- Maggie C. from Houston.
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>>Read about the times in which Ben Franklin lived
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