"Cracked Ice" is Sonia Bianchetti's memoir of her years as an ISU judge, technical committee member, and council member. Although the book opens with a prologue concerning the Olympic judging scandal in Salt Lake City in 2002, that episode is far from being the focus of the book. Rather, Bianchetti's thesis is that the Salt Lake City incident and other recent well-publicized episodes of corruption in the sport are only a continuation of what has gone on behind the scenes for decades.
Bianchetti reports, for example, that at her very first assignment in judging an ISU event, the 1964
European Championships, she was approached by Austrian ISU Council member Ernst Labin, who openly tried to influence her judging in favor of his country's skater. She also tells the story of the persistent bloc judging in the 1970's that led to the suspension of all judges from the Soviet Union in the 1977-78 season
, and of continuing problems following the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1990's.