Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey Into the Secret World of Figure Skating

Christine Brennan, Author Scribner Book Company $22.5 (319p) ISBN 978-0-684-80167-4
Washington Post sports reporter Brennan knows all the greats in figure skating--past, present and probably future. So she is superbly qualified to do a book about the sport. And, she counsels, make no mistake: despite all the talk of style and grace, it is nonetheless a competitive sport, but unique in that women are more important than men at the box office and in the officials' offices. Here she follows the season from October 1994 to the Nationals held the following February, concentrating largely on the likely stars of tomorrow. Of course she touches on the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan imbroglio and the arrest of U.S. champ Nicole Bobek on a burglary charge (later dismissed), but she is less interested in scandal than in showing how a year's work and tens of thousands in parental dollars can be lost by a couple of missteps in a single four-minute program. She demonstrates how the homosexuality of many--perhaps most--of the men in the sport is covered up, how quixotic the judging is and how the sport is becoming more like tennis as it attracts younger participants and more high-powered agents. In short, she covers every aspect thoroughly and candidly in this fine volume. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 03/29/1999
Release date: 04/01/1999
Paperback - 337 pages - 978-0-385-48607-1
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