Triumph on Ice: The New World of Figure Skating

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Greystone Books, Jan 15, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 144 pages
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When Olympic figure skating judge Jean Senft blew the whistle on vote trading at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games, she opened the door to an entirely new way of judging. This system, which was developed and adopted following the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, is driving the sport in new directions.

As skaters are pushed to explore ever-more difficult and dramatic ways of scoring points, they are changing the very nature of figure skating. In Triumph on Ice, Senft describes in detail how that new system has lead to this new type of skating, which was so thrillingly on display at the 2010 Olympics. Senft’s fascinating text is augmented by 100 stunning full-colour photographs by renowned skating photographer Gérard Châtaigneau, capturing Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in their Olympic gold performance, Evan Lysacek, Joannie Rochette, Yu-Na Kim, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Patrick Chan, Evgeni Plushenko, Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, Mirai Nagasu and many more. Triumph on Ice is both an incisive exploration of the new era in figure skating and a celebration of the world’s most dazzling figure skaters.

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About the author (2011)

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.

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