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Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice

Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice


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Figure skating icon and U.S. National Champion Karen Chen tells the amazing story of her rise to the top, featuring never-before-seen photos and behind-the-scenes details from her journey on and off the ice!

At seventeen years old, Karen Chen has already achieved what some girls only dream of—and yet it’s only the beginning for this incredibly talented athlete.

The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Karen began to figure skate at just five years old. Ten years and many grueling training sessions later, she broke out at the 2015 US Championships with a bronze medal. This was after sustaining a nearly career-ending ankle fracture a year earlier.

In 2017, Karen became the US National Champion, winning gold in two programs and receiving the highest score ever recorded for the short program at the US National level.

Now for the first time, Karen shares the story of how she got where she is today—and where she’s going next. Karen has already overcome astounding obstacles, and her grit, determination, and positive attitude have made her future truly limitless.

In Finding the Edge, she shares, in her own words, what it’s like to be Karen Chen—and what it takes to achieve the impossible.

Features a foreword from Kristi Yamaguchi, the Olympic champion, two-time World champion, and U.S. champion.

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ISBN-13: 9780062822680
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 380,064
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Karen Chen is an American figure skater. She was the 2017 US national champion, placing fourth at the 2017 World Championships. She also holds a bronze medal from the 2015 US National Championships and two bronze medals from the ISU Challenger Series. Karen was born in Fremont, California, and has been skating since 2005. Finding the Edge is her first book.

Athlete, artist, wife, mother, philanthropist—in each of these things Kristi Yamaguchi embodies the word “champion.” Following her victories at the 1992 Winter Olympics and World Championships, Kristi embarked on a successful professional career that went non-stop for more than a decade. During the years 1992-2002, Kristi toured with Stars on Ice, won numerous professional competitions, frequently appeared on television specials, and collaborated with several choreographers to create diverse programs. She is also the author of Dream Big, Little Pig! and It’s a Big World, Little Pig!



Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Prologue 5

Chapter 1 Coming to Life 11

Chapter 2 Finding a Friend 19

Chapter 3 Figuring it Out 29

Chapter 4 Practicing Perfect 37

Chapter 5 Pushing Through 47

Chapter 6 Making Sacrifices 55

Chapter 7 Willing to Win 63

Chapter 8 Getting out of my Own Way 71

Chapter 9 Meeting a Mentor 79

Chapter 10 Preparing for Uncertainty 85

Chapter 11 Breaking Through 97

Chapter 12 Fighting Back 105

Chapter 13 Making my Mark 117

Chapter 14 Learning Balance 127

Chapter 15 Becoming the Dream 135

Chapter 16 Listening to my Voice 147

Chapter 17 Continuing the Journey 157

Epilogue 165

Career Summary 169

Figure Skating Competitive Season Timeline 176

Glossary of Figure Skating Terms 179

International Skating Union Technical Rules 203

Us Figure Skating Championships-Single Ladies champions 207

Acknowledgments 213

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