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A few days ago, I was rummaging around the basement for items to include in our upcoming garage sale when I happened upon my baby book Tucked inside the cover were two ticket stubs one from Disneyland, the other from Campbell s Soups 1992 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions Finding this was a coincidence since I was at the same time reading about the inception of the professional show in Inside Edge, which covers the goings on of the skating world in the mid 80s to mid 90s It also confirm A few days ago, I was rummaging around the basement for items to include in our upcoming garage sale when I happened upon my baby book Tucked inside the cover were two ticket stubs one from Disneyland, the other from Campbell s Soups 1992 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions Finding this was a coincidence since I was at the same time reading about the inception of the professional show in Inside Edge, which covers the goings on of the skating world in the mid 80s to mid 90s It also confirmed what I already knew I ve been a figure skating fan for practically my whole life.So many of the events and moments discussed within this editorial assemblage are vivid to me, my young age when they originally occurred notwithstanding The Nancy Kerrigan Tonya Harding saga The consistency of Nicole Bobek s inconsistency The beginning of the Michelle Kwan era Fascinating to note were the projected stars, a hit or miss enterprise equivalent to consulting a crystal ball Sure Sydne Vogel won the 1995 U.S Junior title, but who remembers her now The general public islikely to recognize the then twelve year old whom Vogel beat future Olympic champion Tara Lipinski As Audrey Weisiger pointed out, Skating is a slippery sport Even though this was written fifteen years ago, Christine Brennan s behind the scenes look at the sport is timeless Then as now, there are feuds over judging the triple axel is still an illusive golden ticket, for men and women alike the instability of pairs teams in the U.S is par for the course and there will always be a battle between the teenage jumping beans and the mature artists Brennan s observation of my favorite discipline Ice dancing is peculiar The best moves are almost always illegal, but the great thing is, no one actually is certain of that As funny as it is true.There have been beneficial strides Gone are the days of holding up or holding down skaters in an informal pecking order thanks to the pair s controversy in Salt Lake City which spurred an imperfect though improved overhaul of the judging system Stricter set values for skills and greater emphasis on the artistic presentation force judges to rank competitors based solely on how well they complete elements But don t get me started on the institution of the replay system.I loved reading about Janet Lynn, the most joyful of figure skaters, a long program aficionado, hampered from achieving Olympic and Worlds eternal glory by those infuriating old school figures The pros and cons of mandatory figures remains a debate to this day, at least in my house The likes of Lynn, Tina Noyes, and other also rans lead lives of relative obscurity compared to the champions in whose shadows they always dwelled Saddest to look back on were those whom the sport has lost in recent years, such as legendary coach Carlo Fassi to a heart attack and choreographer Brian Wright to complications from AIDS Perhaps most aching was reviewing the highs and lows of tortured Christopher Bowman, all with the foreknowledge of his tragic passing in 2008 Bowman was one in the long line of Frank Carroll s talented skaters who could never put everything together to win the ultimate prize of Olympic gold Amidst Linda Fratianne and Kwan, who would have ever guessed Evan Lysacek would be the first to pull it off As I lamented with Edge of Glory, I wish Brennan had continued to write about figure skating into the new decade Though it s worth mentioning that the internet has taken partial ownership of her niche the personal and training lives of today s top skaters are often scarily accessible I sometimes wonder if fans mistake them for reality TV stars This was an engrossing, enlightening read that, along with the chance discovery of a faded ticket stub, stirred up a flurry of memories I relished revisiting It s all about the fluff this week I ll start reading real literature again soon, but for now I m reliving the glory days of figure skating and making no apologies. Biased and poorly researched. So this one is the earlier of the Christine Brennan figure skating books, and it s mainly about the 1994 Olympic quadrenium Talks mostly about Oksana Baiul, Michelle Kwan, and pre emptively snarks on Tara Lipinski because her parents and agent and coaches touted her to be such hot shit early on.And yes, this one, even 4 years earlier than the last, also goes on and on about Michael Weiss s manliness.Dude, a soul patch and a sequined blue button up shirt that rides up your chest when you swivel So this one is the earlier of the Christine Brennan figure skating books, and it s mainly about the 1994 Olympic quadrenium Talks mostly about Oksana Baiul, Michelle Kwan, and pre emptively snarks on Tara Lipinski because her parents and agent and coaches touted her to be such hot shit early on.And yes, this one, even 4 years earlier than the last, also goes on and on about Michael Weiss s manliness.Dude, a soul patch and a sequined blue button up shirt that rides up your chest when you swivel your hips in jeans that are cutting in to your taint is not manly Old news but interesting Ice skating judges are hideous cheats. Wow, could the author have taken apatronizing tone Currently re reading in celebration of the Olympic season It is interesting to note that Brennan s writing style was actually better in this edition than the Edge of Glory, the sequel that covered the 98 Olympics Interesting to rehash all the hate for the 6.0 judging system in light of the fresh hate for IJS The bright light that was to be Tara Lipinski who turned out to be a flash in the pan, and the AIDS epidemic that was, at the height of the 90s, a very serious health crisis in male fi Currently re reading in celebration of the Olympic season It is interesting to note that Brennan s writing style was actually better in this edition than the Edge of Glory, the sequel that covered the 98 Olympics Interesting to rehash all the hate for the 6.0 judging system in light of the fresh hate for IJS The bright light that was to be Tara Lipinski who turned out to be a flash in the pan, and the AIDS epidemic that was, at the height of the 90s, a very serious health crisis in male figure skating Even revisiting the spirited Nicole Bobeck who da thought I had forgotten the chapter on Christopher Bowman and it s eerie to read the foreshadowing of his ultimate self destruction He acknowledged he was a screwup and addict, yet refused to take action to combat his demons As a fan who eventually became actively involved in the sport, I have had run ins with Bowman and it was sad to see the star falling It was also a fun look back at the rise of Michelle Kwan, when no one had an inkling of the legend she would eventually become You forget after 9 national titles, 2 Olympic medals and 5 world titles that she was once the little girl with the ponytail that came in second I don t think of myself as a Kwaniac, but what a treasure to the sport she was Overall, the book was very entertaining, although I find the secret world moniker not so secret, not so shocking I find some of Brennan s commentary snide, as if she had hung around a group of teenage novice skaters a tad too long This book was not quite what I originally expected It read a bit like gossip But the material was very interesting and there was quite a bit of the story behind certain skaters lives I do wish she had looked a bitat international skaters than it did, as it did focusoften on American skaters, and on the few international skaters of great interest to Americans Katarina Witt, Oksana Baiul It did touch on some other skaters, but it didn t get into nearly the depth as it did of the This book was not quite what I originally expected It read a bit like gossip But the material was very interesting and there was quite a bit of the story behind certain skaters lives I do wish she had looked a bitat international skaters than it did, as it did focusoften on American skaters, and on the few international skaters of great interest to Americans Katarina Witt, Oksana Baiul It did touch on some other skaters, but it didn t get into nearly the depth as it did of the American skaters I don t necessarily think this is bad the skaters featured definitely deserved the praise and focus she gave and I suppose that the scope of the book did need to have a narrowing to really get into the detail it did But I think it should have said American at some point in the title I like that she doesn t hold back any punches if someone didn t deserve what they got, or did deserve what they didn t get, she has no qualms about saying so But she definitely gives credit where she feels credit is due, so it doesn t feel like she preferred certain skaters it does come across very objective The only criticism I d give the author publisher, if she decides to either add a new addition or write a similar updated book, is to add the list of Olympic, World, and maybe National winners as an appendix I kept finding myself looking them up, or wanting to.All in all, I think the book delivers what it sets out to do, and I did enjoy it {READ E-PUB} Î Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating Ø Figure skating is the most beautiful and mysterious of all sports When the skaters are on the ice, every twitch of a muscle and every slip of a skate blade is visible for the world to see In Inside Edge, Christine Brennan chronicles for the first time a season on the skating circuit, intimately portraying the lives, on and off the ice, of the sport s current and upcoming stars Woven into the narrative are stories of figure skating luminaries past, present, and future including Peggy Fleming, Katarina Witt, Brian Boitano, Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul, Michelle Kwan, Rudy Galindo, and Tara Lipinski Revealing the backstage conflicts high profile figure skaters face, and the ambition that drives them, Brennan also tells the stories of their families, of improbable rises to the top, and of wasted talentsIf skaters are perfect, they can become international heroes But if they fall, if they miss a three revolution jump on a quarter inch blade of steel, the despair is theirs alone This is their life on the edge, where decades of training culminate in little than four crucial minutes on the ice There is no other sport like it There is no other story like theirsThe figure skaters gathered slowly in the mahogany paneled lobby of the majestic Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, New York, flashing no smiles, barely saying a word The collection of gregarious entertainers had been reduced to silent, wide eyed stares The crackling wood in the fireplace made the room s only noiseThey had met in hotel lobbies in fancy street clothes hundreds of times in the past, but never for an event as devastating as this On a cold night in late November , they were to travel through snowswept Adirondack mountain roads to a nearby funeral home for a private wake for Sergei Grinkov, their colleague and friend who died of a massive heart attack during a skating practice the day before I had fun with this book, because I watched figure skating with my mom when I was growing up, and those are fond memories I enjoy now that she has passed The years I was a fan are pretty much the same ones chronicled in Inside Edge, so it was a treat to be reminded of names I d forgotten, competitions that were huge back in the day, and all those evenings spent in front of network television with Mom, eating her homemade chocolate chip cookies and rooting for the same skaters I didn t learn as I had fun with this book, because I watched figure skating with my mom when I was growing up, and those are fond memories I enjoy now that she has passed The years I was a fan are pretty much the same ones chronicled in Inside Edge, so it was a treat to be reminded of names I d forgotten, competitions that were huge back in the day, and all those evenings spent in front of network television with Mom, eating her homemade chocolate chip cookies and rooting for the same skaters I didn t learn as much about the industry as one would think, based on the title I didn t find the book particularly revealing view spoiler Other than the process of holding up a skater giving her marks based on past performances and even things seen in practice sessions, thus allowing a favorite to win even if she fucks up her program during the actual competition something I think I was blind to because most of the time it benefited the athletes I liked, and I was apparently a naive child , I don t feel I was informed of that many secrets I suppose I also learned there was an AIDS epidemic in figure skating, which I should have guessed but didn t because it seemed too stereotypical I honestly didn t think that many male skaters are were gay, but I guess I was wrong hide spoiler If you watched figure skating in the nineties, particularly men s and women s singles, this book is a fun trip down memory lane