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The figure skating book : a young person's guide to figure skating
Wilkes, Debbi.
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Publication Information:
Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 116 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Instruction for the most commonly performed maneuvers, accompanied with step-by-step photography and line drawings.
General Note:
Includes index.

Published in Canada : Key Porter Books, 1999.
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GV850.4 .W54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV850.4 .W54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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The Figure Skating Book explains the commonly performed jumps, spins and pairs moves. With detailed instructions for each maneuver, and useful line drawings for all the steps involved. The lively text also outlines some of the history of each move, explaining who made it famous and how. For instance, the Axel is named after Axel Paulsen, the Norwegian skater who invented the jump, and Kurt Browning was the first skater to successfully land a quadruple jump in competition.

The first chapter, Getting Started, includes information about buying the proper equipment and clothing. The Basics explains gliding, stopping, backward stroking and cross-cuts. Turns discusses a variety of turns for the beginner skater, while Jumps offers moves such as the waltz jump, Salchow, toe loop, Lutz and Axel. Spins and Field Moves, details pivots and footwork steps, and Dance introduces the reader to pairs moves. The final chapter gives helpful tips on choosing a skating club and coach, as well as fitness preparation and injury prevention.

As Wilkes points out in her introduction, there's just something totally intoxicating about skating. It's magical and lovely, physical yet artistic, fresh and wholesome and with enough speed and power in the mix to make it dangerous. When a skater finally gets control, the sense of accomplishment is enormous. Skaters and fans at all skill and ages will increase their knowledge and understanding by following lessons in this book.

Author Notes

Debbi Wilkes is a broadcaster, teacher and businesswoman who has been immersed in the world of figure skating since childhood. She and her partner, Guy Revell, were two-time Canadian pairs champions, North American champions and silver medalists at the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck. She holds a masters degree in communications from Michigan State University and has covered five Olympic Games as a broadcaster and color commentator. She is also the host of television's Ice Time.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. This very personal explanation of figure skating directly addresses potential skaters with forthright statements such as, "Please do not let anyone talk you into shaving off your toe picks." Author and Olympic silver medalist Wilkes gives specific advice on which skates to buy (expensive), how to find a skating club, and skating technique--from the most basic glide to complicated maneuvers. The step-by-step instructions will obviously be difficult to use while skating, but they may help young skaters think through what they will try when they are on the ice. Unfortunately, the photographs are often grainy and gray, though the overall layout of the book is handsome. A good additional purchase for libraries where interest in skating is high. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Although this book contains useful and hard-to-find information, the dull format may deter readers. The first chapter, which focuses on equipment, explains how to find good used skates as well as how to break in both new and used ones. Subsequent chapters discuss the basics (gliding, stopping, etc.), turns, jumps, spins, field moves, and dance. All of the photographs are in black and white; computer-generated diagrams add little to the overall appeal. Also, the pictures do not illustrate moves as well as Peter Morrissey's The Young Ice Skater (DK, 1998), which presents similar information in a far more attractive package.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Chapter 1 Choosing to Skatep. 1
The First Step--Buying Equipmentp. 1
Sharpening and Carep. 6
Clothingp. 9
Choosing a Clubp. 11
Choosing a Coachp. 14
First Time on the Icep. 15
Walkingp. 17
Falling down and Getting Upp. 19
Chapter 2 Basicsp. 21
Glidingp. 21
Stoppingp. 24
Direction of Rotationp. 28
Forward Edgesp. 29
Backward Edgesp. 31
Forward Strokingp. 34
Backward Strokingp. 36
Turning Corners--Forward and Backward Crosscutsp. 38
Chapter 3 Simple Turnsp. 43
Flats and Changesp. 43
Three Turnsp. 46
Inside Mohawksp. 50
Chapter 4 Jumpsp. 53
Two-Foot Jumpp. 53
Backward Toe Jumpp. 56
Bunny Hopp. 58
Three Jumpp. 61
Half Flipp. 63
Salchowp. 65
Toe Loopp. 67
Loopp. 69
Flipp. 71
Lutzp. 73
Chapter 5 Basic Spinsp. 77
Two-Foot Spinp. 77
One-Foot Spinp. 81
Corkscrewp. 84
Camel Spinp. 86
Sit Spinp. 88
Back Spinp. 90
Chapter 6 Field Movesp. 93
Spiralp. 93
Shoot-the-Duckp. 97
Spread Eaglep. 99
Pivotp. 102
Footworkp. 104
Chapter 7 Dancep. 107
Progressivesp. 107
Swing Rollp. 111
Graduationp. 113
Acknowledgementsp. 114
Indexp. 115