Talking figure skating: behind the scenes in the world's most glamorous sport

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McClelland & Stewart, Oct 25, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 309 pages
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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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Acknowledgements ix
The Guiding Force
Makeup on Ice

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About the author (1997)

Beverley Smith has covered figure skating for "The Globe and Mail" since 1980. She has written commentary and stories about the sport at 16 world championships and 22 Canadian figure skating championships and is the author of three previous books about figure skating.

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