Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team

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Emmis Books, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 237 pages
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Most sports fans have heard the tragic story of the plane crash that killed all the members of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team, along with sixteen of their friends, family and coaches. Now, for the first time, Frozen in Time takes readers inside the lives of the skaters, telling one of the most iconic stories in the history of American sport.

The dramatic focus lingers on two families of powerful women. Maribel Owen?the most famous woman in figure skating at the time?who relentlessly drove her two young daughters, pairs champion Mara and the spectacular Laurence, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. Myra Westerfeld, meanwhile, lost her marriage while guiding her daughters Sherri and Steffi to the pinnacle of the sport.

Author Nikki Nichols also explores the crash's aftermath, an unprecedented period in American athletics. The U.S. skating program had lost all of its stars and struggled to rebuild with very young competitors, such as Peggy Fleming. But, perhaps the most far-reaching effect was the creation of a memorial fund that would support skaters who would not otherwise be able to afford the sport?among them Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, and others.

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User Review  - jap9963 - LibraryThing

When the author uses the phrase "frozen in time" as part of the title, it implies that the skaters who perished are forever left as young, nimble athletes. Sadly, they have also become a part of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ABVR - LibraryThing

This book is an amateur historian's labor of love: A story about a group of people, a sport, and a time for which she obviously has enormous affection. It's untainted by any sense of perspective ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Nikki Nichols is a journalist and competitive figure skater in the adult ranks. Her love of the sport inspired her to write Frozen in Time as a tribute to the skaters, coaches, and officials whose lives were cut tragically short. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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