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Figure skating's greatest stars
Milton, Steve
Adult Nonfiction GV850 A2 M551 2009

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Milton, author of twelve figure-skating books (Figure Skating Now), wants sports fans to be as familiar with Jackson Haines, Sonja Henie, and Peggy Fleming as they are with Abner Doubleday, Babe Ruth, and Mickey Mantle. With this large, colorful book, he fills the need for a popular history of figure skating. Far from a dry parade of names, the book focuses on trailblazers and pivotal personalities such as artistic rebel John Curry of the 1970s and creative innovators Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in the 1980s. Readers learn not only about the skaters' careers but their personal lives as well, such as Dorothy Hamill's battle with depression. A great chapter on scoring explains the pros and cons of the elimination of compulsory figures and, without getting too technical, outlines the new scoring system that replaced the problematic 6.0 scale. However, the book lacks an appendix of medal winners, which James Hines's more thorough and definitive Figure Staking, A History includes. Verdict Recommended for avid figure-skating fans and, because of the many action photos, casual fans as well.-Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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