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Here is the emotionally wrenching and inspiring autobiography of the first openly gay figure skater--world bronze medalist Rudy Galindo. 16 pp. photo insert. 304 pp. Print ads. National publicity. 48,000 print.
Posted March 8, 2001
'Icebreaker' reads like something out of a 1930s movie or the 'Rocky' series--triumph over tragedy. Rudy Galindo grew up in a trailer, his father a long-distance (and much-absent) truck driver; his mother manic-depressive. The family just managed to stay at the upper end of poor. Galindo's older brother developed AIDS. Galindo fell in love with figure-skating and, as in the rest of his life, pursued it with a passion. Early as a teen he was paired off with Kristi Yamaguchi--a mixed blessing, because even as the duo were setting records they knew there was a time they would have to split up and go solo. 'Icebreaker' is upfront about Galindo's homosexuality, but there was a time when he got hassled by the skating establishment for wearing too 'flamboyant' costumes when he skated. To his everlasting credit, he ignored them and went on to become the number-3 solo male skater in the world. Not just the USA--the world. Rudy is a professional skater now, and he has some pointed opinions in this book about the perils of excessive juvenile skating competition for those who are willing to listen. Skating enthusiasts will enjoy the extensive technical vocabulary in this book; I just held on and enjoyed the ride. A very good read about a very admirable young man who is a role model in several different waysWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.