The Encyclopedia of Figure Skating

The Encyclopedia of Figure Skating

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by John Malone
     
 

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A timely A-to-Z compendium documenting a sport that is burgeoning in popularity, The Encyclopedia of Figure Skating contains: fascinating biographies of champion skaters from around the world, such as Jackson Haines, "the father of modern figure skating," Sonja Henie, Dick Button, Peggy Fleming, Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill, Surya Bonaly, Brian Boitano, Chen Lu,… See more details below

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A timely A-to-Z compendium documenting a sport that is burgeoning in popularity, The Encyclopedia of Figure Skating contains: fascinating biographies of champion skaters from around the world, such as Jackson Haines, "the father of modern figure skating," Sonja Henie, Dick Button, Peggy Fleming, Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill, Surya Bonaly, Brian Boitano, Chen Lu, Michelle Kwan, and Tara Lipinski, among many others; histories of the major branches of competition; descriptions of figure skating forms, such as school figures, the axel, the flying camel, the death spin, the lutz, the loop jump, and many more; information about referees; scoring systems; the distinction between amateur and professional standings; how judges are selected; how music and musicality are integral to the sort; the evolution of skating costumes; appendices listing U.S., World, and Olympic medalists from the first recorded results of these competitions to the present; as well as a useful index; and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Skaters, skating terminology and events have been assembled in one alphabetic reference source. There is plenty of information and some appears to be found in other books such as Gutman's, Boitano's and older books about Torvill and Dean and Witt. The coverage is fairly extensive about the most recent stars and several of the "superstars" of the past such as Tenley Albright and Sonja Henie, but can be skimpy on those who are lesser known. It is useful, and there doesn't appear to be any other comprehensive reference on the subject.
Library Journal
The lively entries in this encyclopedia reflect Malone's longtime interest in figure skating. Though the technical material is well executed, the biographies form the book's core. Malone profiles all World and Olympic medalist skaters, starting in 1896, and all U.S. medalists starting with the first U.S. Figure Skating championships in 1914. He is particularly good at using personal anecdotes to bring alive the skating personalities who have dominated the last half of the 20th century. While some of the major stars have been profiled in general sports encyclopedias, this is the only recent work to cover the less well known talents. Essential where there is a strong interest in winter sports and a desirable addition to any sports collection.Terry Jo Madden, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.
Booknews
An illustrated encyclopedia of key competitors, concepts, and milestones in figure skating. Biographical entries on skaters include birth and death dates, career histories, and b&w photos. Other entries describe the history of major branches of competition, figure skating forms, scoring systems, and skating costumes. Includes lists of US Championships medalists 1914-1996, World Championships medalists 1896- 1996, and Winter Olympic Games medalists 1908-1994. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816032266
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.65(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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