Summary It was billed as the greatest event in the history of pair skating: three of the best teams of all time battling for Olympic gold on one night in Salt Lake City. Technical ability was approximately equal. I loved the way the author set us up with the histories of the couples, the systems and societies in which they were born. Each individual story is engaging, and from one chapter to the next, you are cheering for one skater after another to win, even though you already know the results. I enjoyed learning about my favorite skaters and their vastly different lives. It is not very often that a true story book could make me turn the pages past the middle of the night.
With the 2002 Salt Lake City pairs figure skating controversy as a starting point, Goodwin explores the very different paths taken by the three medal winning pairs and their coaches to get to the Olympic podium and the aftermath of the events that took place. The final part of the book describes the political underpinnings leading to final scores at the competition which lead to the eventual overhaul of the 6. In the cavernous space above them, the crowd applauds. Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikahrulidze had started their training under the old Soviet system, but had to find a way to maintain access to ice and training time in a changing world. It is in this mood, Yao knows, that any skater skates his best.
Now they are barreling down the ice, setting up for side-by-side triples at the far end of the rink. The endearment translates imperfectly as Little Xue, but its true meaning is somewhere between young, little, and a simple diminutive. Thus far in the Olympic practices, they have landed six of them—high, beautiful, unbelievably easy ones. We meet Zhao Hongbo, a young boy skating in subzero weather in remotest China, who will fulfill his coach's twenty-year dream of catching up to the West. The program is far more moving than it has any right to be. But in these last, most nervous moments just before a competition, she believes in using her eyes.
Hours later, a bombshell: the confession of a French judge unleashed a worldwide debate -- and ultimately produced an unprecedented duplicate gold medal. She poses problems for students to solve and encourages a lively give-and-take culture. All this makes Tamara Moskvina a very nervous woman. She holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. Dick Button Joy Goodwin has written an intelligent, insightful, informative, and entertaining book. Now it is possible that her team will be reminding everyone of the Protopopovs at the precise moment that they are ending the streak that the Protopopovs began in 1964.
Amazing descriptions of events and a stunningly written epilogue. Pelletier, a hockey fanatic, only got into pair skating because he thought it looked like fun to throw girls across the ice. This may be the best-researched, most well-written figure skating book I've read. It has been a long wait. Representing Canada, China, and Russia, the three pairs illuminated their distinct cultures.
In light of what happened in the newly instituted team event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, followed soon after by the ice dance and women's singles competition, I found myself going back to this book and reviewing the 2002 incident, what led to it and what ultimately 'resolved' the scandal. Dick ButtonJoy Goodwin has written an intelligent, insightful, informative, and entertaining book. Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. But this book is also why after 2002, and even after 2014 despite how angry those Olympics made me, I'll remain a figure-skating fan. In the end I have to say this was a truly fantastic and engaging book.
One can almost make out an invisible line running up her spine, which is always pulled taut. Unfortunately, an updated edition has not been published; in case any readers require an epilogue, Xue Shen and Zhao Hongbo went on to win two more Olympic medals, including the gold in 2010, and are now retired and married. . For a second they are flying, a blur of spinning arms and legs. Normally, the first row of spectators would sit just a few feet behind the rink barrier. And perhaps unwittingly a look at the power of Western media, since as pointed out by some had the 4-5 judging split been in the Canadians favour such a furore would never have happened. The final decision will be based on how you look during the warm-up.
And we meet two Canadians, a barista and a concession stand worker, who had almost quit the sport before deciding to give it one last try -- and becoming world champions. This book is extremely well researched with first hand interviews from the skaters and their families. It was billed as the greatest event in the history of pair skating: three of the best teams of all time battling for Olympic gold on one night in Salt Lake City. The actual scandal was covered only briefly and without much depth, the author can't be entirely blamed for this since the International Skating Union basically made sure the truth was never known. Would it be the beauty of the Russians' ballet on ice, the thrill of the Chinese pair's heart-stopping acrobatics, or the Canadians' passionate connection with the audience? In 2002, all three countries found themselves with what some would call 'generational talent' - talent that only comes once every few decades.
In the past, Salé has been known to narrow her vision so that the only thing that exists in the entire world is the jump she has just missed. The idea was that the lyrical, elegant music would remind everyone of the unsurpassed beauty of the grand Russian school, and that Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze would join the Protopopovs in history as the latest of the Russian gold medalists. You get the perspectives and personalities from all three pairs, and equal attention is given to not only Anton Sikharulidze, Yelena Berezhnaya, Zhao Hongbo, Shen Xue, David Pelletier, and Jamie Sale; but also to their coaches: Tamara Moskvina Russian pairs legend , Yao Bin a flawless human being , and all the coaches Jamie and David went through because I couldn't really keep track. The book's length is slightly off-putting at first, but this is due to the incredible detail that Joy Goodwin puts into describing the histories of the six skaters. I respect the author's decision to stay as true to the original spellings of Russian names and the proper order of Chinese names.
Which ultimately extends to what is wrong with the new scoring system. Lu is the mother of Shen Xue. In response, countless North American pairs have tried valiantly to beat the Russians at their own game. So they will try only a throw triple Salchow in the warm-up, and if it goes well, they will try the quad in the competition. The other skaters had to interrupt their Olympic practice to help him pick up his change. Their choreographer, Lori Nichol, decided to use this obvious romantic current in her choreography for the Love Story program, and the consensus is that she has done so to tremendous effect. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.