Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team

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On February 15, 1961, all 18 members of the U.S. World Figure Skating Team were killed in a plane crash, along with 16 coaches, officials, and family members. Frozen in Time takes readers inside the lives of the young skaters who died in the crash, revealing their friendships, romances, rivalries, sacrifices, and triumphs. The dramatic focus lingers on two families of powerful women: the Owens and the Westerfelds. Maribel Owen, the most famous woman in figure skating at the time, relentlessly drives her two young...

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Overview

On February 15, 1961, all 18 members of the U.S. World Figure Skating Team were killed in a plane crash, along with 16 coaches, officials, and family members. Frozen in Time takes readers inside the lives of the young skaters who died in the crash, revealing their friendships, romances, rivalries, sacrifices, and triumphs. The dramatic focus lingers on two families of powerful women: the Owens and the Westerfelds. Maribel Owen, the most famous woman in figure skating at the time, relentlessly drives her two young daughters—pairs champion Mara and the spectacular Laurence, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated on the day she died. Myra Westerfeld, meanwhile, loses her marriage while guiding her daughters Sherri and Steffi to the pinnacle of the sport. Along with the bittersweet personal stories, author Nikki Nichols recounts the U.S. skating program’s lengthy struggle to rebuild after this devastating accident.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578603343
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,305,493
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a very interesting book on the lives as well as the tragic loss of our 1961 U.S. Figure Skating team. The author, a skater herself, is very informed to write such a well researched book on this topic. I could hardly put it down the very day I received it in the mail. I read nearly half the book that day. This is "must reading" for everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    WOW What a book this was. This is the 1st in depth book on this subject and Ms Nichols did a wonderful job in writing it

    Recemmed everyone to read even if you aren't a fan of the sport because this was very tragic on all aspects of this. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Triumph and Tragedy

    I had heard a bit about the plane crash that wiped out the 1961 US figure skating team on its way to the World Championships. Thanks to Nikki Nichols' book, I now have a superbly research and written account of the skaters, the tragedy, and the aftermath. Nichols skillfully blends her talents as both a journalist and as a figure skater in producing this detailed, yet highly readable account of the 1961 team. Her focus on the Owen and Westerfeld families brings a personal touch to what could have been a dry account of people and places. Nichols closes on a bittersweet note, combining the what might have been of the 1961 skaters with the the resurgence of US figure skating since the tragedy, aided by the Memorial Fund set up to honor those fallen skaters. This book is great reading for anyone interested in good storytelling, whether they are figure skating fans or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Triumph over Tragedy

    You don't need to be a figure skating fan to become engrossed in reading this compelling human interest story. The author effectively breathes life into the tragic loss of the U.S. team making them real and memorable to generations that might only know them by name or historical event. This book is a tribute to the young athletes, at the peak of their performance and poised for greatness, and their family members and coaches, who become 'unfrozen' long enough for us to come to know them. Skating terms and judging criteria are clearly explained. I highly recommend this book as an example of triumph over tragedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    Bringing the Past to Life

    Ms. Nichols is the perfect person to tell this amazing story, as her journalism and figure skating backgrounds shine through. She has brought these amazing skaters back to life, and shown their impact on the world of skating today. It is a story of triumph and great tradegy that will truly leave an impression on the reader. It is also filled with many beautiful and powerful photographs which are well placed throughout to support the narrative. A wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Ghosts from the Past

    Frozen in Time introduced me to these outstanding young skaters, their family, coaches, etc. The characters in this real life drama came to life to show me their hopes, dreams and sacrifices in both their skating lives and in their personal lives. From start to finish, I began to feel like I knew them personally. Throughout Ms. Nichols story, events that unfolded for these exceptional young men and women made me laugh and made me cry. Nearing the 45th anniversary that ended their bright futures, these ladies and gentlemen have been brought back to life.

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