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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    I really believe that Cinquanta is told what to do by another powerful clique in the figure skating world. Among those things to do, Cinquanta has to get rid of anyone who questions the present judging system ... Joe
    I am beginning to think that the people telling Cinquanta what to do are not merely "another powerful clique in the figure skating world", but is another group that is probably a little bit more dangerous. (I still want to know if a certain on-line casino made or lost money on bets on Kwan in 2004).

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    Quote Originally Posted by attyfan
    I am beginning to think that the people telling Cinquanta what to do are not merely "another powerful clique in the figure skating world", but is another group that is probably a little bit more dangerous. (I still want to know if a certain on-line casino made or lost money on bets on Kwan in 2004).
    Hmmm. Money does talk. Racketeers run amok. I'll buy that. Do you remember when Zhulin said "American don't know how to play the game"?

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    Is there any way to get the book except her website?

    I wondered if it was sold at any online book venue other than her website? I would like to read it --but I would rather go through a bookstore outlet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76olympics
    I wondered if it was sold at any online book venue other than her website? I would like to read it --but I would rather go through a bookstore outlet.
    People living in the U.S. and Canada can buy Bianchetti's book via the reputable "Private Ice" website run by "Dejah" at:
    http://www.skatefic.com/proshop/

    Quote Originally Posted by Doggygirl
    The book is filled with so much information that it's hard for me to keep it all straight. Also, things could have happened in recent years that may or may not have been included in the book.

    That said, I gather the Sonia was nominated on more than one occassion for Honorary ISU membership according to the guidelines for such a nomination, based on her years of service to the ISU. It sounds from the book that Speedy never allowed that to happen. In once instance according to Sonia, Speedy did not even bring the official nomination before the ISU Council as dictated by the council rules. (one of the more minor violations of Council rules outlined in this book)

    Speedy has reportedly gone as far as "discouraging" personal friends of Sonia's who have invited her as a personal guest to countries hosting World Championships.

    Hopefully I got some of this right. The plot is really thick and devious.

    DG
    Thanks for your reply, Doggygirl! Bianchetti summarizes this situation in her book chapter 33 titled "Ottavio Cinquanta. 1994-2004." Verrrrry interesting reading indeed!

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    Thanks for the info, Sylvia! Would most of you who have read this vote that it was worth the $ ? I tend to buy as soon as I see a book appear---but I like the ones with more substance that lend themselves to re-reading. I was disappointed in "Frozen Assets"--it seemed a good bit like those articles in IFS. It was interesting to read once--but I regretted buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76olympics
    Thanks for the info, Sylvia! Would most of you who have read this vote that it was worth the $ ? I tend to buy as soon as I see a book appear---but I like the ones with more substance that lend themselves to re-reading. I was disappointed in "Frozen Assets"--it seemed a good bit like those articles in IFS. It was interesting to read once--but I regretted buying it.
    If you are not interested in the behind the scenes workings of the ISU, I agree, you should not buy this book. There are a number of books other than this which you would find more to your liking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76olympics
    Thanks for the info, Sylvia! Would most of you who have read this vote that it was worth the $ ? I tend to buy as soon as I see a book appear---but I like the ones with more substance that lend themselves to re-reading. I was disappointed in "Frozen Assets"--it seemed a good bit like those articles in IFS. It was interesting to read once--but I regretted buying it.
    I recommend the book. It was much more substantial reading than Frozen Assets. I found it interesting for more than just the ISU politics, because it gave insight to specific memorable competitions that Bianchetti was involved in, development of the sport in other countries, and how rule changes affected the careers of specific skaters. There was much more inside information than Brennan’s books, but it wasn’t as easy to read, because Bianchetti did not work with a great editor and the English translation is a little strange in places.

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    I agree with Brad's assessment...

    This book really is about Sonia, and her overall involvement in figure skating through 20+ years. So that includes her experiences with the ISU, her experiences as an official and a teacher (judges seminars, etc). It also seems that Sonia was very involved in moving the sport forward over time (i.e. working towards elimination of figures).

    I absolutely thought this book was worth the $$ and I will certainly re-read it in the years to come. It's packed with details.

    My biggest complaint about the writing style was over-use of !!!!!!!! That was a bit distracting until I got used to it after a few chapters.

    DG

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad640
    There was much more inside information than Brennan’s books, but it wasn’t as easy to read, because Bianchetti did not work with a great editor and the English translation is a little strange in places.
    FYI, Bianchetti wrote the book in English (no translation) and the editing was fairly minimal, as I understood it, to preserve her original "voice."

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