Inside Edge A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Inside Edge A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating
  • Christine Brennan
  • English
  • 08 October 2016
  • 9780385486071

10 thoughts on “Inside Edge A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating

  1. Kimber Kimber says:

    This book was a dream come true for me It covers the nineties in figure skating the times I used to watch It even cuts out right when I began to abandon the sport the rise of Tara Lipinsky and the increasingly cut throat competitiveness that has tarnished the sport I haven't returned to it but this was a nice treat to kind of recapture that time I only wish it was complete than Brennan has given Here is snippets really of the rise and fall of Tonia Harding the ambiguity of Nancy Kerrigan the dark side of Nicole Bobek who actually became a drug dealer not covered in this book the artistry of Oksana Baiul and the controversial judging process judges did not get instant replay in their decisions Tonia Harding was a world class skater but I would agree with the author that her self destructiveness trips her up Kerrigan's long program was superior to Baiul but B won due to her greater artistry That was my call also when I saw the Olympic games of that time Katarina Witt the German skater is my favorite and she was like a ballerina in her artistic development She had a degree of competiveness of watching others skate in person rather from the camera in the green room just to psych them out Michelle Kwan was disciplined but young and without a mature artistry There were so many others she could have added This was such an exciting time in the sport and another thing that translated on the screen was the camaraderie of the group Many skaters lived close by or had relationships or were roommates Brennan writes this like a novel but she unfortunately doesn't give enough and many parts were lacking in interest More could have also been said about Harding but I feel she didn't like her very much I understand the nature of sports is competition but it's also its drawback With the rise of Lipinsky of the focus was on the technical merit easier to do in your youth less and less on the art of it One sentence says it all For her thirteenth birthday Tara Lipinsky got an agent

  2. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    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 lifeSo 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 euivalent to consulting a crystal ball Sure Sydne Vogel won the 1995 US Junior title but who remembers her now? The general public is likely 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 US 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 trueThere 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 systemI 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

  3. Emily Emily says:

    Biased and poorly researched

  4. Ben Ben says:

    So this one is the earlier of the Christine Brennan figure skating books and it's mainly about the 1994 Olympic uadrenium 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 onAnd yes this one even 4 years earlier than the last also goes on and on about Michael Weiss's manlinessDude a soul patch and a seuined 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

  5. Becky Harris Becky Harris says:

    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

  6. Melissa Melissa says:

    Currently re reading in celebration of the Olympic season It is interesting to note that Brennan's writingstyle was actually better in this edition than the Edge of Glory the seuel that covered the '98 Olympics Interesting to rehash all the hate for the 60 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

  7. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    This book was not uite what I originally expected It read a bit like gossip But the material was very interesting and there was uite a bit of the story behind certain skaters' lives I do wish she had looked a bit at international skaters than it did as it did focus often 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 ualms 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 authorpublisher 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 toAll in all I think the book delivers what it sets out to do and I did enjoy it

  8. Dysmonia Kuiper Dysmonia Kuiper says:

    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 spoilerOther 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 arewere gay but I guess I was wrong hide spoiler

  9. Shari Shari says:

    Brennan has so much bias she could be a skating judge Oh I’m sorry did I say that out loud? I was expecting the traditional “good dedicated girls” vs “bad but gifted girls” discourse and Brennan delivered I was not expecting an undercurrent of tension between the gay and straight men involved in skating but she delivered that too plus the standard BS rhetoric about artistry costumes and so forth I went into this expecting ice dance to be ignored or if not ignored insulted andor undervalued to be fair ice dance was weird in the 90’s so maybe I'm not that mad about it after all I was not expecting pairs skating largely to be ignored alsoMaybe this book was “revealing” in the 90’s but there’s nothing in it to shock a casual fan of skating in this day and age In fact the major themes of the book are things we see again and again in the present day the obsession with uads; jumps as the make or break elements of a routine; the concern over a convoluted points system since changed but barely improved and rigged judging; the disconcerting knowledge that stars rise and fall based entirely on chance and circumstance; skaters giving the performance of the night and walking away without even a medalThis book is twenty years old and all it does is show how the things change the they stay the same

  10. N N says:

    Inside Edge is a solid piece of sports journalism that uncovers the politics and plain oddness involved in competitive figure skating Christine Brennan weaves technical detail into an engaging people driven narrative making the book an enjoyable 'crossover' read that anyone could pick upHowever it must be noted that Brennan's 'real job' as a newspaper reporter shows in the book Inside Edge is very fragmentary we get bits and pieces about a number of male and female skaters ones that made it and ones that didn't but the book lacks any real structure or overall cohesionDisappointingly pairs skaters and ice dancers get short shrift crammed together in the final chapter and lacuered with a coat of lol don't really care on the author's partWritten in the 1990s Inside Edge is understandably dated Not so much that it's not enjoyable but it does make for example the long indictment of the since revised scoring system irrelevantI also genuinely can't believe Brennan's persistent tendency toward passive voice snuck by any editor Shaaaaame

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Inside Edge A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating➭ [Ebook] ➨ Inside Edge A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating By Christine Brennan ➹ – 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 Edg Figure skating is the most beautiful A Revealing Kindle ´ 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 Inside Edge PDF or 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 uarter inch blade of steel the Edge A Revealing Kindle ´ 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 Edge A Revealing Journey into PDF/EPUB or 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 Edge A Revealing Journey into PDF/EPUB or 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.