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Secrets of Skating

Secrets of Skating

by Oksana Baiul, Simon Bruty, Christopher Sweet, Simon Bruty (Photographer), Christopher Sweet (Compiler)
The ultimate insider's presentation, in the words of the reigning Olympic gold medalist. Includes original photography.


The ultimate insider's presentation, in the words of the reigning Olympic gold medalist. Includes original photography.

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
This book combines a look into the world of competitive skating and a small glimpse at the life of one of today's leading figure skaters, Oksana Baiul. Baiul narrates, briefly describing her childhood, her competitions (including winning the Olympic Gold Medal), technical aspects of skating, and what it takes to master the sport. Stunning photography can be found on every page, with the accompanying text varying in size, type, and style. While the variety of text provides a respite from Baiul's dronings, the book is without substance. Most disappointing was the manner in which Baiul led readers to believe that her car accident was a result of overwork. Newswire accounts of that accident reported that Baiul was drinking and driving, underage.
School Library Journal
YAA treat for anyone who follows figure skating. Sweet gives readers a close look at the philosophy and personality of an individual performer but introduces many other skaters. This account of the career of Oksana Baiul, a gold medalist in the 1994 Olympics at Lillehamer, is formatted in a design that is as sweeping, colorful, and risky as its subject's performance. Occasionally, the photos seem fuzzy and the text, on busy backgrounds, hard to read, but the presentation suits the dashing style of the narrative. It is rich in quotations and photographs of contemporary skating starsVictor Petrenko, Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Tara Lipinski, and others. The foreword is written by Dorothy Hamill. Within the glamour action shots and the flashy format are the details of Baiul's early life in Ukraine and insights into the rigors of Olympic competition. The author also conveys the flash, dash, and camaraderie of the professional life. In addition, there is a technical portion that defines and diagrams a variety of spins and jumps. This is a book that delivers.Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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Universe Publishing
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8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.67(d)

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