Figure Skating books
The bio of Inge Steuer just came out and thats where i started to wonder, which other bios of skaters or other books related to skating are a "must read".
I red and would recommend
Sonja Bianchetti - chraced ice
joy goodwin - the second mark
joan ryan - pretty girls in little boxes
my sergei - ekaterina gordeeva
katharina witt - (German) meine jahre zwischen pflicht und kür
michelle kwan - heart of a champion
anxious waiting for your suggestions
Definitely read My Sergei, but have the tissues handy.
If you want to still like Johnny Weir, do NOT read his book.
Gotta Have Music
Skate Talk - Steve Milton
Indelible Tracings Frozen in Time - about the 1961 US World Team
Frozen Teardrop - Lucinda Ruh
Push Dick's Button
Skating on Air
The Passion to Skate by Sandra Bezic
I read Elizabeth Manley's book many years ago, I forgot the title but it was really interesting especially when discussing the mental health issues she faced as well as the bullying behavior by her competitors.
Minusaramadad from Arctaroon
There were two: Thumbs Up, released 1990, and As I Am, about ten years later.
Originally Posted by Risa
Keeper of the Kweens OGM.
I loved the Second Mark. It was great to get such deep insight and background on the skaters as well as coaches.
Originally Posted by euroskate
My Sergei was a beautiful book. I cried the majority of that book, happy and sad tears. I have read that book countless times.
I would really like to read Sonia Bianchetti's book. I would also like her to replace Otto....
I read Johnny's book and I still like him...what was it that bothered you? I know he isn't a perfect person, but I knew that before I read it too. I suppose the part about him lying to get out of a competition didn't reflect well upon him, but he was about 15 iirc, and admits it was wrong.
Originally Posted by karne
Has anybody read Ice Cream: Thirty of the Most Interesting Skaters in History by Toller Cranston? I would really like to read it. I'm really curious what he thinks about other skaters.
Evgeni Plushenko: Another show -biography
only in Russian but the link for the english translating : http://www.mediafire.com/?z9ziocao3m3a1
this translating unofficial, a bulgarian fan translated it to english..Plushy sent her a gift package for it.
That would be fascinating. From other snippets I've read in others of his books, he's a real student of skating, and he's generous in his praise of skaters he admires. Two that he's singled out are Janet Lynn and Laurence Owen. Owen, the new U.S. singles champion, was one of the skaters who died on board the plane carrying the U.S. team in 1961, along with her sister Maribel (the pairs champion) and her mother and coach, Maribel Vinson. I don't know who else Toller liked/likes, but he did coach Christopher Bowman for a while, so one may presume that he enjoyed Bowman's skating. If anyone here has read this book of Toller's, I hope you will give us details!
Originally Posted by Rossig
If you read My Sergei be prepared to cry.
Icebreaker by Rudy Galindo was interesting. It's been over a decade since I read it.
The lying, the manipulation, the faking of illness and injury (and he was a lot older than fifteen, don't make excuses) was just part of it. The overwhelming sense of entitlement that pervaded the entire book was unbelievable. Here is a pampered, spoiled child who believes the world revolves around him and has never grown out of it. He was lavished with opportunities, and yet he threw them all away, then had the audacity to pitch a fit and squeal that the USFSA hated him. The way he treated Priscilla was abominable, and yet he doesn't seem to care.
Originally Posted by gallavich
Only my deep love for books as an object prevented me from throwing it across the room. If the book had been any longer I doubt I'd have gotten through it. I'm just peeved I wasted $20 on that rubbish.
My Sergei for sure. That was an excellent book. I also enjoyed A Skating Life by Dorothy Hamill.