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Figure skating : a history
Hines, James R. 1937-
Adult Nonfiction GV850.4 .H56 2006

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This illustrated book is certainly one that all skaters will want to read. But the viewing public, which has come to appreciate figure skating through the flattering lens of television, will also have fun with it. Hines (musicology, Christopher Newport Univ., Newport News, VA) artfully explains various skating styles-English, Continental, American-and the development of modern competition. The more engaging topics related to the sport, like the controversy over international judging, are given their due, but not with the drama and punch they deserve. Hines is quite right, however, to emphasize that the elimination of school figures (the carefully traced circles that in the past counted toward as much as 60 percent of the total mark for a skater's performance) from competition was the most radical change the sport has experienced over the years. The only thing that really mars the book's flow is the unending parade of skaters profiled, some of whom seem obscure. Still, public library users will be happy to see this book turn up on the shelves.-Bonnie Collier, Yale Law Lib., New Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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