Figure Skating Now: Olympic and World Stars

Figure Skating Now: Olympic and World Stars

by Gerard Chataigneau, Steve Milton
     
 

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Updated to include the 2003 Worlds competition.

Today's most exciting figure skaters are spotlighted in this richly illustrated book. Combining grace, incredible athletic ability and artistic showmanship, figure stating is exhilarating and highly entertaining. Anything can happen on the ice and often does. As the fans of competitive figure skating know,

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Updated to include the 2003 Worlds competition.

Today's most exciting figure skaters are spotlighted in this richly illustrated book. Combining grace, incredible athletic ability and artistic showmanship, figure stating is exhilarating and highly entertaining. Anything can happen on the ice and often does. As the fans of competitive figure skating know, beauty and danger add up to the greatest show on ice.

Figure Skating Now covers the men, the women, the pairs teams and the dance teams. This second edition covers the reigning stars such as Timothy Goebel, Sarah Hughes, and Michelle Kwan, and introduces the next generation of competitors: Brian Joubert, Sasha Cohen, the pairs team Oberta and Sokolov and many others. With biographies and statistics, Figure Skating Now is an insider's view of international figure skating at its highest levels.

Editorial Reviews

North Bay Nugget
Ice skaters in action at their most elegant moments. This book will inspire figure skaters of all ages.
Kidsworld
Great photos and interesting facts on the world's top figure skaters.
Resource Links - Heather Empey
The photographs are fantastic and really show the glamour and glitz of the figure skating competitions. Teens, especially figure skating fanatics, will pore over this book.
Canadian Materials for Librarians - Lorraine Douglas
Beautifully photographed and designed... an excellent guide to the latest and most popular skaters... Figure skating fans will enjoy browsing and reading this attractive and interesting guide while young skaters will find many of the stories inspiring. Highly recommended.
Book Report
Very up-to-date ... the pictures alone will be of great interest.
Children's Literature
Glossy, colorful, and close-up photographs of the most recent figure skating phenoms adorn every page of this book. One cannot help becoming absorbed in the skaters' athleticism, beauty, grace, and costumes as pages are turned and personalities are introduced. It is the photographs that encourage the reader to devote time into the book's lengthy and somewhat technical text. This book details twenty-five men and woman figure skaters, ten pair teams, and thirteen dance teams. Not only are skaters' biographical information given, but also their competition histories with specific failures and successes highlighted. Readers will learn about particular coaching experiences, styles and jumps of skaters. However, should one not be pre-educated in skating, do not get hopes up high that the differences between a quadruple lutz, salchow, and toe loop will be understood. The text is for those who know something about skating and want to have an up-close and personal understanding of the most promising amateurs. Should one decide to forgo the text and only look at the pictures, it is a book for any figure skating enthusiast. 2003, Firefly Books, Ages 8 to 18.
— Andrea Sears Andrews
VOYA
Photographer Châtagneau describes the power, intensity, greatness, beauty, and joy of figure skating and credits still photography as an art form able to capture it. He lauds the skaters for their discipline and dedication, "spending far more time training than the average person spends working a regular job." With those comments in mind, one might expect a photo essay illustrating the path to skating stardom with photographs showing the strength, elegance, and determination skaters possess on the ice. Instead, his treatment of the subject is more like a scrapbook. Essays and photographs illustrate topics within skating's competitive categories of men, women, pairs, and dance teams unequally. For example, the essay introducing the men's section emphasizes the importance of jumping in competition with no accompanying photographs of skaters in flight. Such inconsistency occurs in other sections as well. Short essays about specific skaters comprise each section with numerous photographs from competitions. Again, the photographs do not pictorially represent the skills mentioned. Evgeny Plushenko, the first man to perform the Biellmann spin in competition, is not pictured performing this move. Considered separately, the photographs and the exposition fairly follow the scope. Although unusually cropped in some cases, the photographs illustrate artistic expression, strength, and dedication by capturing the skaters in time on film. Allowing more space or including fewer pictures would have heightened the drama. The essays are informative but unstructured. This book will be enjoyed by fans, but it will not be useful to report writers. Photos. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P S A/YA (Better editing orwork by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Firefly, 128p, $19.95. Ages 15 to Adult. Reviewer: Jessica Mize SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Skaters and wanna-bes will get hours of pleasure from studying the gorgeous pictures, reading the stories, and poring over the records of currently prominent people in the rarefied atmosphere of the world of figure skating. Readers meet the top competitors from around the world in all four divisions: ice dancing, pairs, and men's and women's singles; the inclusion of the up-and-comers will give the book a longer shelf life. Each skater or pair is given one or two full pages (three for Michelle Kwan, who also graces the cover), which include at least one large photo of the athletes in performance and several paragraphs about their career. Each individual's date of birth, hometown, training site, coach, and choreographer are also supplied. A few American stars are missing, e.g., Sasha Cohen and Jenny Kirk, in favor of some obscure European national champions, but never mind-teens will love this book.-Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booklist - Leon Wagner
Châtaigneau is a skilled photographer, and his images are carefully composed to show both physical grace and emotional intensity. A visual treat for those who follow the sport.
Book Report - Jo Clarke
Very up-to-date ... the pictures alone will be of great interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552978337
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/06/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Milton is a sports columnist and author with six figure skating books to his credit. He has covered international skating since 1980, attending five Winter Olympics and more than a dozen world figure skating championships.

Gérard Châtaigneau is a photographer and former figure skater. He has been photographing figure skating for 24 years including all the Olympic Games and World Championships since 1988.

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