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Figure Skating: Championship Techniques (Sports Illustrated Winners Circle Books) Paperback – November 28, 1988

4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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About the Author

John Misha Petkevich was the United States and North American Men's Singles Figure Skating Champion in 1971 and the World University Games Champion in 1972. Widely considered one of figure skating's "great," he was a member of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team in 1968 and 1972, and has served as expert analysis in figure skating for NBC, CBS, and ESPN.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sports Illustrated Winners Circle Books
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated; 1 edition (November 28, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568000707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568000701
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book by Misha gives the very comprehensive description to the basic spins and back spins, jumps from single rotation to multi rotational, and of course the fundamentals of skating, ie edges and stroking. The wonderful thing about this book is that Misha provided the possible faults to the failure of execution of a particular move. So one may treat this book as a 'coach'. I personally liked the illustration of the sketches of the tracing on ice and the precision that is shown by Brian Boitano featured for the jumps and spins. You get to watch a few frames of a quadruple toe loop too A must buy for any freestyle skater in advance technique. Truly a treasure of a life-time.
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This book is perfect for the beginning, intermediate, or advanced figure skater, and for coaches as well. However, it is not suitable for fans and other people who are only interested in learning something about this sport.
It includes plenty of skating jargon, as well as descriptions of moves in the field, spins, and jumps that can get very technical and even a little confusing at times. The author covers every imaginable aspect of figure skating, from choctaws to spin combinations to axel variations, describing how to execute each move.
I can't wait to get back out on the ice to try out some of the new techniques that I have learned from this book!
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This book is excellent for both beginners learning basic figure skating techniques and more advanced skaters who want to improve their overall ability on the ice. It includes helpful advice on improving your technical ability and provides possible mistakes that may slow your progress, so you can treat this book as a sort of "coach". It also includes pictoral descriptions for executing many of the moves, which I found very helpful. However, one downside is that this book was written in 1988 so it is a little old fashioned (there's mention of compulsory figures, which have since been eliminated from competition). However, it still contains all you need to know to improve your skating and I would highly recommend this book as one of the best I have read for skating instruction for both beginners and advanced skaters alike.
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I purchased this book to be able to show my students a visual representation of some of the techniques I was demonstrating and teaching. It's a nice book for a fan looking to learn the lingo or for a skater taking instruction. I would never recommend this in place of proper instruction for advanced moves.
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This is a book for someone wanting to learn about ice skating mechaniques as a singles skater. Has lots of excellent pictures and diagrams. Advanced skaters won't always agree with all his techniques but every skater can get excellent tips from this book.
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This book has wonderful descriptions about just about everything in skating, except for take off technique. I dont understand why the author goes into extreme detail explaining how to do a three turn before a flip, but barley mentions how to take off into the actual jump.(This has been the case with just about every skating book I have read) Also the pictures are in black and white. The book has some very helpful tips and I think it is worth reading I just wish he would explain take off in a lot more detail.
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I started taking figure skating classes about a year ago. As an older student compared to the 9 year olds in my class, I found it very difficult to follow the class now that I'm on freestyle level. The kids in my class seems to be able to perform the moves without putting too much thought into it, but I found myself standing in the class and just watching them moving, and before I knew it, the class was over and I had spend the entire class just standing, freezing trying to understand the moves.

This book was so helpfull as it describes the moves in great detail. There are several diagrams so you know where your foot goes. Should I use the left, should I use the right foot? When you read the description of the moves you might not understand at first, but as you read and you practice the moves, it becomes an excellent tool. You can use the book together with some of the u-tube videos. You can watch the moves in the u-tube to have an idea, then you go to the book and break it down the moves. Then you are able to get it after practicing a lot! I recommend this book to anybody starting to learn a little bit more difficult moves and need some help.
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As a newbie skater, this book offers some good general info and advice as most instructional books do.

My main complaint is that the pictures are not descriptive enough to follow a sequence and, let's face it, it's tough to show movement in book form anyway. However, the other issue is that the text is hard to follow as well, if you are trying to learn about a new move. Naturally the text and the pictures make more sense when you already know the move and want to improve on it.

So, depending on your ice-skating skill level, your ability to decifer instructions and your imagination, you might say this book is skating on thin ice.
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