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Artistry on ice : figure skating skills and style
Kerrigan, Nancy, 1969-
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Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2003]

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viii, 231 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Essential skills -- Spirals -- Spread eagles and Ina Bauers -- Lunges -- Scratch spins -- Sit spins -- Camel spins -- Spin variations -- Salchows -- Toe loops -- Loops -- Flips -- Lutzes -- Axels -- Jump combinations and variations -- Ice dancing -- Pairs skating -- Basic lifts -- Synchronized skating -- Off-ice training concepts -- Warming up and cooling down -- Land and water exercises -- Music -- Choreography -- Costumes -- The total package -- Summary.
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She's performed at the highest levels, from the Olympics to the world championships to the Goodwill Games. Now, in Artistry on Ice: Figure Skating Skills & Style , 1994 Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan shares her knowledge to give you the inside edge on winning competitive events.

From body alignment and effective routine elements to refining footwork, music, and expression, Artistry on Ice: Figure Skating Skills & Style gives you an in-depth look at the sport from the perspective of one of its champions. After a quick look at the basics, Kerrigan concentrates on advanced techniques for jumps, spins, moves in the field, ice dancing, pairs, and synchronized skating.

Four chapters are devoted solely to competition, covering the music, choreography, costumes, and other elements to create the total package. Filled with practical information, Artistry on Ice: Figure Skating Skills & Style also includes renowned trainer Igor Burdenko's insights on physical preparation for the sport as well as a chapter on off-ice training, and insight on finding the perfect coach.

From triumphs over personal tragedy to superb performance under pressure in the 2000 Goodwill Games, Kerrigan prevailed against many challenges in her 20-year career. Now she teams with former figure skater and professional instructor Mary Spencer to share the experience that will take your skating to the top.

Author Notes

Nancy Kerrigan won her first medal at the Boston Open when she was 10 years old. Since then she has participated in more than 40 U.S. and international competitions, finishing first in 12 of them. Kerrigan is a two-time Olympic medalist, winning the bronze in 1992 and the silver in 1994. In 2000, she placed third in the ladies artistic program in the Goodwill Games. Currently, Nancy Kerrigan skates with the Tom Collins Champions and has appeared in Grease on Ice and Footloose on Ice. She resides with her husband and son in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

Mary Spencer is a professional figure skater and writer. She has taught ice dancing, expression, and freestyle to skaters of all ages and levels. As a journalist, she has written articles for American Skating World and Blades on Ice and is the managing editor of 6.0 Skate Magazine . Mary Spencer resides in Melrose, Massachusetts.

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Library Journal Review

Kerrigan, the 1994 Olympic Silver medalist, is best remembered in connection with the dramatic events of that year, when the world watched her being attacked by relatives of her competitor, Tonya Harding-an event that cast a shadow over the entire Winter Olympic experience that year. Kerrigan's book at first looks as if it were meant for those who want to learn to skate. But it isn't. It is instead for advanced skaters concerned with the advanced techniques of figure skating. Such skaters may find little here beyond what they already learn from coaches, judges, and special off-ice instructors, however. Kerrigan covers spins, jumps, and moves in the field, all of which she knows a lot about. But she also includes ice dancing, pairs, and synchronized skating, with which she has had little experience. Where Kerrigan offers good guidance is in the chapters devoted to the daunting experience of competitive skating. For the small community of advanced competitive skaters, this book will be interesting if not essential reading.-Bonnie Collier, Yale Law Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part I Preparing to Skate
Chapter 1 Essential Qualities
Chapter 2 Spirals
Chapter 3 Spread Eagles and Ina Bauers
Chapter 4 Lunges
Part II Mastering Spins
Chapter 5 Scratch Spin
Chapter 6 Sit Spin
Chapter 7 Camel Spin
Chapter 8 Spin Variations
Part III Nailing Jumps
Chapter 9 Salchow
Chapter 10 Toe Loop
Chapter 11 Loop
Chapter 12 Flip
Chapter 13 Lutz
Chapter 14 Axel
Chapter 15 Jump Combinations and Variations
Part IV Skating With a Partner
Chapter 16 Ice Dancing
Chapter 17 Pairs Skating
Chapter 18 Basic Lifts
Chapter 19 Synchronized Skating
Part V Training Off the Ice
Chapter 20 Off-Ice Training Concepts
Chapter 21 Warming Up and Cooling Down
Chapter 22 Cross Training and Land and Water Exercises
Part VI Preparing for Competitiion
Chapter 23 Music
Chapter 24 Choreography
Chapter 25 Costumes
Chapter 26 The Total Package