Boitano's Edge: Inside the Real World of Figure Skatingby Brian Boitano
This large format, full-color photo essay is the ultimate skating book for fans ages 8 and up. In an accessable and conversational tone Brian Boitano reveals what it is like to move up through the sport and compete at an international level. Brian Boitano's personal stories and anecdotes as well as his lively personal commentary illuminate the sport for young
This large format, full-color photo essay is the ultimate skating book for fans ages 8 and up. In an accessable and conversational tone Brian Boitano reveals what it is like to move up through the sport and compete at an international level. Brian Boitano's personal stories and anecdotes as well as his lively personal commentary illuminate the sport for young readers and skating fans of all ages. Here's everything you'll ever want to know about figure skating with Brian Boitano serving as the expert host.
- Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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- 1 ED
- Product dimensions:
- 9.30(w) x 12.19(h) x 0.73(d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 10 Years
Read an Excerpt
From Chapter Five: Competing
After sixteen years of hard work training, sixteen years of practicing in cold rinks at dawn, sixteen years of jumping into the air, crashing to the ice, and getting up to do it all over again, I was standing on Olympic ice.
My lifelong dream was about to come true -- or about to be dashed. I would know in four and a half minutes.
The long program was the last phase of the competition. I had won the first phase of compulsory figures, which counted for thirty percent of the score; Canadian skater Brian Orser had won the second phase of the short program, which counted for twenty percent. On that night, we were in a dead heat for the Olympic gold medal. Now we were set to skate the long program, and the final showdown -- what the press had dubbed the "Battle of the Brians" -- was about to take place.
By the luck of the draw, I was skating first. That was my favorite position, I liked to set the standard that all the other skaters had to meet. But on this night, I knew that I had to skate the best performance of my life.
My choreographer, Sandra Bezic, had created majestic and emotional programs for both my short and long programs. Before I stepped on the ice, she said, "It's your moment. Show them your soul."
A lot of people don't realize that the judges come to practice sessions at competitions, so they've watched all the programs before the actual day of the competition. The judges aren't supposed to talk among themselves or compare notes; most of the time they sit in the stands and concentrate on watching each skater's program. I think that 's a good idea because its important to see how the skater skates on a regular basis. If youknow that someone skates consistently well in practice and performs well in competition, you know he's a good skater.
Skaters do think about impressing the judges when they're practicing at a competition. The better a skater performs in practice, the more the judges are going to prejudge and think, "He's doing so well." That's what it means when you hear people talk about which skater is "winning" the practice sessions. The judges have noticed which skater is doing the best during practice and have mentally placed that skater a little higher than the others.
To keep up my confidence, I always tried to leave a practice with a good move. If I was having trouble with a jump, I'd try to do just one good one. I paced myself so that I wouldn't be exhausted and miss jumps at the end of the practice. If I was skating with an injury, I'd sometimes do just the preparation and entry, then visualize the jump itself I knew that if my entry was solid, my jump would be good.
Skaters always wear workout clothes at a practice, never costumes. Sometimes they'll hang out and watch the other skaters practice. I never did that, but Linda used to watch to get an idea of who's doing what.
The night before a competition, I'd usually eat pasta for dinner. I'd try as hard as I could to not think about the next day, because nervousness uses up so much energy. I didn't talk to Linda about what I was feeling because there didn't seem much point. After all, I'd just say, "I feel really nervous."
Copyright© 1997 by Brian Boitano
Meet the Author
Brian Boitano began his skating career at the age of eight and won the Olympic gold medal in 1988 in Calgary, beating Canadian Brian Orser in the legendary "Battle of the Brians." Brian Boitano has won over fifty titles, including two World titles, Four U.S. National titles, and as a professional he has won a record number of championships. Brian Boitano tours nationally, is a commentator for ABC Sports, and is the international spokesperson for the Starlight Foundation, which helps grant the wishes of seriously ill children. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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