A new posse of figure skating superstars has emerged over the last decade, delighting fans around the world. These young athleteswhose skill, power, grace and artistry were so thrillingly displayed at the 2010 Olympics, are celebrated here in glorious images and insightful text.
At the 1998 Nagano Games, Olympic figure skating judge Jean Senft blew the whistle on vote trading, paving the way for a new judging system that is now driving the sport in exciting directions. Senft describes how today’s skaters are exploring ever-more difficult and dramatic ways of scoring and provides an insider’s view of international figure skating at its highest level.
More than 140 stunning full-color photographs by renowned photographer Gérard Châtaigneau highlight the talents of the sport’s new stars, including Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Evan Lysacek, Joannie Rochette, Yu-Na Kim, Johnny Weir, Mao Asada, and many more.
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About the Author
Jean Riley Senft is an International Skating Union World and Olympic Judge and Referee and has worked with athletes for more than 40 years, judging nationally and internationally. She has won several awards, including the Governor General’s Bronze Medal and inaugural Jean Riley Senft Integrity Award. She lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia
Gérard Châtaigneau is a photographer and former figure skater. He has been photographing figure skating for 24 years including all the Olympic Games and World Championships since 1988. His work has appeared in numerous figure skating books and calendars, and is used by international news agencies. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful addition to the library of any figure skating fan. Don't be deterred by the opinion of CaseyEdwards, who is well known as a Lysacek-basher in figure skating circles. This person bashes Lysacek left and right all over the internet, and their biased opinion against Evan (who is, by the way, a wonderful young man highly undeserving of this criticism Edwards dishes out, and yes, I have met Evan on multiple occasions) is tainting the review of this wonderful book. If you love figure skating, you will love this book
The author Senft takes the view that Lysaceks win without a quad was perfectly acceptable and right. It was not right and the book came out too early to include discussion of the changes the ISU made to mens skating to encourage quads and discourage regressing on jumps to focus on steps or relying on a post halfway point bonus rather than try quads. The removed a step sequence from the short program and made one of the two in the free skate have only a level one bace value to be judged soley on GOE. They raised the values of quads, reduced the value of some triples, reduced how much GOE you can on triples. Mostly everything that would lead to Lysacek beating Plushenko was changed. So because of these things the book is really already outdated. So you have the outdated factor and the objectionable view of the author that quadless Lysacek was a good winner over Plushenko who did two quad/triple combinations and all the other requirements. The Olympic champions in 1998, 2002, and 2006 all did quads or multiple quads. Senft defense of quadlessness as "great streategy" is just sad. What would be next no triple axels? No triple Lutz's" Just get rid of jumps? No this book is disturbing to this fan of the sport of figure skating. Can't argue with the quality of the pictures though. Very impressive. But I would not suggest this book to anyone. Its POV is just disturbing to me and the book is outdated.