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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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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: 0.6 x 5.2 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: #921,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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
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Customer Reviews

I enjoyed reading this story very much and just finished my third time reading it.
Michael G. Harrington
I read the old edition of Sasha Cohen's autobiography that did not include her experiences at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
MollyRK
This is definitely a book that her fans will enjoy, and it is a quick and easy read.
Lawyeraau

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14 of 15 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
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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
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Quite Literate on July 6, 2010
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My daughters idolize Sasha Cohen and their respect grew much greater when she worked so hard to compete at the 2010 Nationals. Win or lose, as competitive skaters, they know what it takes to put yourself out there but, before that, log in those hours at the gym and on the ice to get those programs together. So, I was a bit appalled when I started thumbing through the book and was so captivated by the fiction, that I couldn't put the book down. Sasha could not have skated Juvenile without an axel and combination jumps. She definitely could have not competed and placed without one as the rules of competition are significantly higher than the testing requirements. In fact, she couldn't have competed and placed at the very first level of skating, pre-preliminary, without ALL her single jumps, in combination and the axel. It is very sad to have my daughters read a book about their idol and learn that she allegedly skated juvenile and intermediate AND placed, without all her jumps.

Then, without this alleged technical basis and skill, she magically passed her intermediate moves and free skate test in order to be accepted by John Nicks. Again, an absolute impossibility and fiction under the rules of the U.S. Skating Federation since you cannot pass your free skate test without the axel and doubles, let alone be deemed competitive at a local competition since the competitive rules, again, require doubles and in combination with other doubles and singles! But, no one has to believe me. Just go to the USFSA website and take a look at the judge's forms and the requirements of the TEST listed for Juvenile and Intermediate free skating. Skating is just like ordinary school. If you don't know what is listed on the test, you do not pass. Period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Novotny on March 19, 2013
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my wife has loved figure skating since the age of 5 - loves everything about it. She liked the book - actually she likes every book about figure skating.
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1 of 1 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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