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Olympic skater Scott Hamilton, who has literally transformed modern figure skating, vividly recounts his life story in a powerful, inspiring portrait of an athlete fiercely dedicated to the sport he loves, peppered with personal stories about such close friends and colleagues as Katia Gordeeva, Kurt Browning, and Kristi Yamaguchi.
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Overview

Olympic skater Scott Hamilton, who has literally transformed modern figure skating, vividly recounts his life story in a powerful, inspiring portrait of an athlete fiercely dedicated to the sport he loves, peppered with personal stories about such close friends and colleagues as Katia Gordeeva, Kurt Browning, and Kristi Yamaguchi.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers seeking a peek at the world of competitive figure skating will be more than satisfied with Hamilton's book. Like Peggy Fleming (see above), Hamilton is a cancer survivor. He opens his story with the diagnosis of his testicular cancer, but the illness is just one aspect of Hamilton's difficult but ultimately satisfying life. An adopted child, Hamilton was quite ill as a child and spent much of his early years in and out of hospitals, on intravenous feedings, weak and falling behind in school. Gradually, as Hamilton gained strength, his mother suggested he try to ice skate. Whether Hamilton's various illnesses had run their course or the skating cured him, Hamilton was healthy enough to pursue skating. His route to the Olympics is familiar to skating fans--living away from home with other families, constant practice sessions and the nervous tension and rivalries. Hamilton is far more willing than Fleming to write about his relationships with other skaters and his feelings about the skating world. He addresses the confusion over his sexuality: "Frankly I was sick of people constantly assuming I was gay because I was a figure skater." Hamilton also writes about how critical reviewers were of his early appearances as a skating commentator and how he finally had to do the best he could rather than try to measure up to one of his idols, Dick Button. A little more brassy than Fleming, Hamilton strikes a nice balance between the personal and the professional. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Hamilton's inspirational life story recounts events from the time of his debilitating childhood illness, through the many years of training, the death of his mother, competition failures and successes (most notably his Olympic gold medal), and his recent successful battle with cancer. Here is a champion who recounts his mistakes along with his victories, pointing out the lessons he learned along the way. Hamilton is able to portray the sense of community that skaters share, substituting for family life as they train and perform away from home. This book shows Scott Hamilton as human, even humble, and full of good cheer--just as he seems on the ice. Enthusiastically recommended for all public libraries.--Bonnie Collier, Yale Law Lib., New Haven, CT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575664668
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/15/1999
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2001

    ice skating

    i thought this book was horible not only wa sit not factual i learned nothing about ice skating. i would never rcomend this book even if you are desparet i give a 0 star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    Enjoyable fast read

    Very readable book about a talented, hard working,and courageous athlete and showman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    WOW! WHAT A GREAT BOOK!!!

    This book was so good! It gave me a lot more reasons to look up to him as my 'sports hero.' The way he wrote it, the stories he told, were SO TOUCHING. I found myself CRYING at the end of the book. Not only because of the book's ending chapters, but because I DIDN'T want to finish it. :o) I've read it twice, and learned new things both times. I think EVERYONE who's ANYONE should read this book. It puts you into perspective at what male figure skaters have to go through. AND what cancer paitents have to go through. <>< toni ><> aka: Hamilton_BrowningFan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    Wonderful Reading

    Enjoyed the book from cover to cover. Had a hard time putting it down. Scott Hamilton a favorite skater of mine and loved getting to know him a little more personal through his book. An inspiring book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2000

    Best book I've ever read

    'Landing It' is the most powerful book i've ever read. It is even more significant and heartwrenching because it is true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2000

    Scott Hamilton lives up to star billing

    This book is very readable and makes you understand why you've always liked Scott Hamilton. He seems to be as nice off the ice as he is on. The book gives a good overview of the difficulties as well as the successes of an amateur and professional skating career. The anecdotes about other skaters lend further interest to the story. My only complaint is that several technical skating terms are used without any detailed explanation but that doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. One can only wish the best for Mr. Hamilton!

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