Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
Athletes like international hockey star Wayne Gretzky develop their skills over years of hard work and practice. This video takes a look at the key events in Gretzky's life that led to his being named Male Athlete of the Decade by the Associated Press. His early childhood in Canada is covered, including the fact that he began skating before the age of three. By the time the 1977 Junior World Cup competition rolled around when he was a teenager, he was the youngest player and the leading scorer. His professional years receive special attention in footage and interviews. As team captain and center, Gretzky, went on to lead the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup victories before many later stunning achievements.