Talking figure skating: behind the scenes in the world's most glamorous sport
Award-winning sports journalist Beverley Smith turns her attention from the glamour on the ice to the fascinating world behind the scenes -- the world that makes the glamour possible.
Chapters cover such topics as: the sacrifices made by the families of such skaters as Todd Eldredge, Michelle Kwan, and Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay; the wide-ranging role of a great coach, as defined by such notable coaches as Frank Carroll (coach of Christopher Bowman, Linda Fratianne, and Michelle Kwan) and Kristy Ness (coach of Kristi Yamaguchi); and looks at how the choreographers of Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, and other elite skating stars chart an award-winning routine.
Beverley Smith also looks at the lesser-known entourage of skate makers, makeup artists, musical-program designers, sports doctors, and sports psychologists necessary to help make the magic. She discusses the high-pressure, lonely job of judging, the role of fans, and how a complex and spectacular ice show comes together. Full of insights, interviews, and revealing discussions of behind-the-scenes issues, this book will truly take the reader inside figure skat
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