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Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating Paperback – January 20, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (January 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385486073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385486071
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Figure skating is emerging as a major force in worldwide professional sports. Get the inside edge on the events and personalities of the professional figure-skating circuit. Profiles on stars such as Nancy Kerrigan, Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton, and Oksana Baiul are interspersed with the author's impressions and research from a year on the tour, including analysis of the major competitions, the judging process, and the emotional and physical toll the sport takes on young athletes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Washington Post sports reporter Brennan knows all the greats in figure skating?past, present and probably future. So she is superbly qualified to do a book about the sport. And, she counsels, make no mistake: despite all the talk of style and grace, it is nonetheless a competitive sport, but unique in that women are more important than men at the box office and in the officials' offices. Here she follows the season from October 1994 to the Nationals held the following February, concentrating largely on the likely stars of tomorrow. Of course she touches on the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan imbroglio and the arrest of U.S. champ Nicole Bobek on a burglary charge (later dismissed), but she is less interested in scandal than in showing how a year's work and tens of thousands in parental dollars can be lost by a couple of missteps in a single four-minute program. She demonstrates how the homosexuality of many?perhaps most?of the men in the sport is covered up, how quixotic the judging is and how the sport is becoming more like tennis as it attracts younger participants and more high-powered agents. In short, she covers every aspect thoroughly and candidly in this fine volume. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A good and fast read!
Kara's Mom
In that regard, this book provides an interesting look at how today's prominent skaters were raised in the world of figure skating.
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Tons of revealing information and secrets that anyone will find interesting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edward Saint-Ivan author of The Black Knights God on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Christine Brennan put her Nothwestearn Journalism School education to good use. I was especially moved by the following passage:
"Tonya Harding possessed more raw jumping talent than almost any of them. More than Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul, Michelle Kwan, Nicole Bobek, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi, {or} Sonja Henie. Harding had it all."
I never heard such words applied to Tonya Harding before this book. I also didn't know before this book that Nancy Kerrigan wasn't well liked.
This book clearly shows that talent even unusual talent or skill doesn't compensate for hard work. If Tanya Harding had practiced and stayed in shape, she could have been famous instead of infamous!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Christine Brennan is an exceptional writer, as this book is proof. As an avid figure skating fan, I expected 'Inside Edge' to be full of skating secrets and inside info, and it delivered. Wonderful tidbits from skating now and then. And the unusual scoring process of this sport was explained in full detail. I've read it twice, and I still want to read it more. Skating fans--this book is a MUST HAVE!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Welter on August 29, 2006
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My daughter, a figure skating coach, and I are on our 3rd copy: people keep borrowing this book and keeping it!

Brennan does a fine job debunking the "pretty girls in pink" myth about skaters, while still showing respect for the amount of effort and athleticism necessary to succeed in this sport. It's been said that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did - only backwards and in high heels. Well, figure skaters do everything other elite athletes do, backwards/forwards and in the air while maintaining an illusion of fragility. Brennan recognizes that dichotomy, which is why this is such a good book.

If you know skating from the inside, elite or simply local, you will recognize much of what she talks of. If you enjoy politics, read this for incredibly sharp double dealing and backstabbing. But always, read it for the beauty she evokes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1998
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When I first saw this book, I expected it to be a "Little Girls In Pretty Boxes" -type bashing of the sport. As I began to read I realized it was nothing of the sort. You can tell the author really knows and loves the sport. Reading "Inside Edge " is like being a fly on the shoulder of several top skaters. Christine Brennan writes like she was talking to you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2002
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This book contains a lot of unsubstantiated gossip about skaters, and the author has apparent biases towards, and against, specific skaters, but it gives a very insiteful view of the insides of the skating world. It is well written and very interesting, and I recommend it highly to anyone interested or participating in competitive skating.
This book is a seminal skating book, EVERYONE I know in skating has read it and has their own opinions about what it contains. It's a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1998
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I truly enjoyed Ms. Brennan's portrayal of figure skating. Having grown up in the sport I am often disappointed with the very narrow and superficial view depicted on television. In her well researched account, Ms. Brennan managed to capture the essence of the sport without exploiting or oversimplifying it. It brought back vivid and fond memories.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fruit Loop VINE VOICE on December 1, 2004
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Journalist Christine Brennan takes fans of this sport behind the scenes for a brutal but truthful look at a sport known as much for its glitter as its athleticism. Brennan exposes it all, from the pressure of competition to the facades perpetuated by an antiquated skating federation. Using real interviews with the figure skating's top athletes, Brennan covers tragedy and triumph with unbiased professionalism. Highly recommend for skaters and fans of figure skating
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patinky on March 5, 2013
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I enjoyed reading the inside scoop on 1980s-1990s figure skating. This book covers the judging scandals, the revision of the points system and elimination of compulsories. It gives the inside story on how the system worked at the time and how skaters "paid their dues" if they wanted to move into the realm of the icons such as Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton and others of that era. The AIDS era is covered in great detail as is the homosexuality of many skaters who, at the time, were in the closet. The Kerrigan-Harding scandal is covered and you may find that some of the so-called "ice princesses" were really witches in disguise. The book is informative and very entertaining. The only drawback is the book is written from the 80s-90s years making some of the information out-dated but for the figure-skating buff you will likely enjoy this book. I know I did.
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