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

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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 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 upcomi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 20th 1997 by Anchor (first published 1996)
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Tatiana
Jul 01, 2016 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
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 confirm ...more
Emily
Feb 16, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it
Shelves: figure-skating, own
Biased and poorly researched.
Ben
Nov 14, 2007 Ben rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not really anyone
So this one is the earlier of the Christine Brennan figure skating books, and it's mainly about the 1994 Olympic quadrenium.

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 on.

And yes, this one, even 4 years earlier than the last, also goes on and on about Michael Weiss's manliness.

Dude, a soul patch and a sequined blue button-up shirt that rides up your chest when you swivel
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Dysmonia Kuiper
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
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Shari
Feb 03, 2016 Shari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter-sports
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 and/or u
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Melissa
Nov 12, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it
Currently re-reading in celebration of the Olympic season. It is interesting to note that Brennan's writing/style was actually better in this edition than the Edge of Glory, the "sequel" that covered the '98 Olympics. Interesting to rehash all the hate for the 6.0 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 fi ...more
Kimberly Mcclune
Sep 22, 2013 Kimberly Mcclune rated it really liked it
Written by a sports journalist, this book had all the earmarks of a well researched document. However, don't think for one minute that this makes the book boring or an unexciting read. Brennan does a wonderful job of bringing figure skatings best loved and most difficult talents to life as well as important competitions and performances.

I was hesitant to read this because it was recommended as a book that goes inside the judging and lifestyles of well known figure skaters. I have always liked t
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Stephanie
Mar 19, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was not quite what I originally expected. It read a bit like gossip. But the material was very interesting and there was quite a bit of the story behind certain skaters' lives. I do wish she had looked a bit more at international skaters than it did, as it did focus more 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 ...more
Nicola
Mar 17, 2010 Nicola rated it really liked it
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 up.

However, 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
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Becky
Feb 23, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
Journalist Christine Brennan provided what is probably the most comprehensive insider look at competitive figure skating in existence. She covers everything from the early days of skating, with participants like Dick Button and Janet Lynn, through about 1997, which is when the afterword was added. It covers the athletes I remember from watching the Olympics as a kid (Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding, Oksana Baiul, Scott Hamilton, Rudy Galindo, etc.). My only wish is that there was perhaps an update ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 22, 2012 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A little dated (Tara Lipinski was 12 and Michelle Kwan 14 in the last scenes of the book), the book was best in its chapters on Brian Boitano (mostly told from his coach’s point of view), Peggy Fleming, and Janet Lynn. She points out that the whole move-away-from-home to skate thing isn’t new with Tara Lipinski. The book was written at the height of TVs infatuation with professional skating events, and she didn’t seem to particularly like Dick Button. There was good insight into how skaters are ...more
Becky Harris
Mar 24, 2016 Becky Harris rated it really liked it
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.
Kirsten
Sep 17, 2016 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Dated and definitely American, but a good overview of a certain era of figure skating.
RCW
Nov 07, 2014 RCW rated it it was amazing
Not completely unbiased, but fascinating.
Cindi
Oct 08, 2014 Cindi rated it really liked it
A very interesting read for the ice skating fans as it takes you inside their world.
Lennie
Jul 09, 2008 Lennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although figure skaters aren't known to take steroids there is some sabotage that goes on to get the upper edge (damaging the blades of your competitor's skates or wacking their knees so they can't jump, etc.) In this book, the author reveals the ugly side of this sport in a way that's straight forward. It was a good book and despite all the negativity, I still believe that figure skating is one of the most beautiful sports there is.
Lynli
Sep 20, 2012 Lynli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book most enlightening in regards to why the best skater and the best performance does not always win the medal. It is a very corrupt way of judging and in my opinion things need to change. I no longer look forward to watching ice skating like I did because of this book. Thank you to the author for writing this book and opening my eyes, and hopefully the eyes of others.
Surreysmum
This book was much maligned amongst figure skating fans for its heightened, occasionally slightly giggly tone, and by general consensus the author did not know quite as much about figure skating as she thought she did. Nonetheless, the interviews she did, the attitudes she revealed, the anecdotes she related have passed into skating history.
Patty Abrams
Jan 30, 2014 Patty Abrams rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A journalist delves into the inside story of figure skating from Peggy Fleming to Michelle Kwan and everyone inbetween. I was especially interested in the Oksana Baiul/Nancy Kerrigan competition at the Olympics and the explanation of their scores.
Allison Gleaves
I really liked this book. I thought it was incredible how much time and effort this girls put into the sport figure skating. It was really inspirational, it makes me want to get out there and chase my dreams.
Elaine
Oct 11, 2010 Elaine rated it liked it
Does a good job of describing the politics within the sport.
Colleen Rue
Apr 18, 2013 Colleen Rue rated it it was amazing
An exellent book for the figure skating fan!!!I loved it!!!!
Rosemarie
Jul 29, 2007 Rosemarie rated it liked it
Shelves: new
Good inside look at the world of figure skating, average writing.
Christine
Feb 26, 2009 Christine rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of figure skating
Definitely entertaining, although the book is written in a first person style. I don't know if Christine Brennan was working directly with skaters and their coaches or if she had transcripts of events. I did like some of the direct quotes from people involved in the sport, in addition to the sections on Paul Wylie and Katarina Witt. Ms. Brennan also tells of the difficult story of the late Christopher Bowman, a troubled athlete with much talent but not much focus. May he rest in peace.
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