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Sasha Cohen: Fire on Ice (Revised Edition): Autobiography of a Champion Figure Skater Paperback – March 28, 2006

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8–From her early years as a gymnast to her determination and achievements as a professional skater, Cohen tells her story with frankness and humor. This fascinating glimpse into a skater's world–hours of practice, travel, and, finally, competition–will educate readers who think that the journey is an easy one. Cohen discusses her back injury and recovery, exhaustion, disappointments, and moments of triumph. The situations she describes are applicable to anyone who is contemplating a career in professional sports. The sacrifices that her family has made to support her skating–moving frequently, costly lessons, etc.–are described with candor as well. Black-and-white and color family and competition photographs add to the narrative. A thoroughly enjoyable read.–Kathleen A. Nester, Downingtown High Ninth Grade Center, PA
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Gr. 4-6. Although Cohen hasn't yet earned a medal at an Olympics, the lissome 21-year-old's teen-idol looks and charisma, and her strong position going into the 2006 Winter Games, will be enough to draw readers to her autobiography. Writing with Maciel, Cohen tells of her switch at age seven from gymnastics to ice skating, the sport in which she leapt to fame at the 1999 Nationals. Her subsequent struggles with injury, nerves, and finding the right costumes and coaches dominate the book's latter half. Nonskaters may be perplexed by shoptalk ("working on her edges and slides"), and the somewhat emotionless postmortems of each competition eventually begin to run together. But there are enough girl-next-door details, such as the skater's adoration of ice cream and cats, to propel interested readers through passages that lack Zamboni polish, and children training seriously in any sport will appreciate the honest descriptions of athletic highs and lows: "When you fall on the ice, it's like everything inside of you falls too." Jennifer Mattson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061153850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061153853
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2006
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I have been a fan of Sasha Cohen ever since I first saw her skate a number of years ago. Even at a young age, she clearly stood out from the pack with her artistry and intensity on the ice. She is truly a beautiful skater. So, I looked forward to reading her autobiography.

Written as a first person narrative, the book is somewhat banal, at times, lacking any real depth or insight. Nevertheless, the book will hold the interest of those who are fans of Sasha Cohen, as well as those with an avid interest in figure skating. In her book, Sasha Cohen lets the reader know how it was that she became a skater. She discusses what she had to do to get to where she is today. She also includes a number of tantalizing tidbits about the skating world.

The book is peppered with many photographs of Sasha Cohen, in both black and white and color. This is definitely a book that her fans will enjoy, and it is a quick and easy read. It would make a lovely gift for a young girl or teenager with an interest in figure skating.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Satyavati Gita Patel on February 2, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
She's an amazing person to do a book report on and this book was just fantastic! Even if you don't have to do a book report, you'll be just as interested in it because I didn't want to put it down!If you want to know more about her before you decide to buy this book than you should go to [...] , it's her official site and it gives you her address where you can also send her letters! Sasha is just an amazing person who ice skates even though she has artritis in her back. I hope you'll read and enjoy this book as much as I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VampireNovelFan on November 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
The first edition of this book was printed before Sasha's 2006 Olympic Silver medal win. We learn about how her love for skating was ignited as well as how she started out as a gymnast. A lot of her gymnast qualities translated into her abilities on the ice, namely her flexibility and beautiful attention to detail. We learn about her comeback from a potentially career ending back injury as well as a few difficult defeats.

While the book was interesting, it didn't feel very gritty or emotional. Sasha's career can pretty much be culminated as a big "what if". We never really see her mention what gets in her head that leads to her settling for any other place but first. While she is a strong short program skater, her long programs have always been her Achilles heel. She usually botches a jump which has cost her two Olympic Gold medals and two World Championship titles. We won't even mention the Nationals gold medals she let pass her by. She is my favorite figure skater of all time, but this book pretty much ignored the elephant in the room. Basically, it's nice back story, but superficial at best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anibeth on December 7, 2008
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After reading this book, I was quite fond of this figure skater's dramatic and realistic approach toward her career, her struggles and her triumph on the ice. It chronicles the relationship she has with fellow skaters, her coaches and her inspiration, behind her passion. The book offers an inside look of Sasha's experience and of her transition from an unknown skater, to a highly respected figure skater. It includes her family's and fans support leading Sasha to become a world champion in her own right, and as a unique individual. A very compelling autobiography of one girl's struggle to reach high for her dreams. I highly recommend that the book be read by those who are interested in figure skating and also to learn about these type of figure skaters. Also this book may include interviews.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MollyRK on April 8, 2006
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I read the old edition of Sasha Cohen's autobiography that did not include her experiences at the 2006 Winter Olympics. This new release, obviously, pays tribute to Sasha's time in Turin and gives readers an updated version of this young woman's life story.

I did not watch Sasha when she was 17 years old and performing in the 2002 Olympic Games, but when I saw she was returning to the 2006 Games as a favorite to win the gold, I felt inclined to tune in. Sasha Cohen is far and away one of the most graceful and beautiful skaters I have ever come across, and it is genuinely a shame that things did not work out for her in Turin. I feel for her, because she is such a precise ice skater who clearly has all the necessary skills to be an Olympic gold medalist, but as we all know, you just never know what can happen out there. But this young lady coped with it about as well as anyone possibly could. She could have easily pouted and bawled her eyes out after winning the silver medal, but she kept that humble smile and classy attitude all the way through. And judging from everything I've heard about her very different attitude four years ago, I'd have to say that she has transformed into a true American--someone we can respect even more than a person who just sports a gold medal around their neck. So anyone who criticizes Sasha and focuses on the negativity should see that she is arguably one of the greatest class acts her sport has seen in this country.

I wish Sasha all the best in her future and hope that she will consider training for the 2010 Games. No matter what choice she makes, though, I hope people will remember her for the beautiful skater that she really is.
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