29th out of 35 books — 18 voters
Secrets of Skating
by Oksana Baiul
One of figure skating's most winning personalities, and the reigning Olympic champion, Oksana Baiul reveals -- in her own words -- the principles, and the nature of performance and style of this popular sport.With her trademark grace, Oksana takes readers backstage into her world, showing the moves, the music, the costumes, the makeup, the personalities and much more.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by Universe Publishing
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Jul 02, 2010 Surreysmum rated it 2 of 5 stars
Photography by Simon Bruty. I'm afraid this is the kind of book design I loathe - pictures interrupted and interspersed with text in all sorts of fonts wandering all over them (in this case, of course, Oksana's thoughts on various subjects to do with her skating career). Though it looks back on the '94 Olympics and has a couple of earlier photos, this book largely documents one very specific moment in Baiul's ever-metamorphosing look. The last chapter is entitled "Hard Lessons".
I find her story fascinating. This book is mostly an autobiography but it also goes into the art of figure skating as well. She is a very complex individual and I think that makes her a really amazing artist. This book gets into her head a little. I must brag that I do have an autographed copy. Yes, that does mean I stood backstage after an ice show and waited for her to sign it. What's it to ya?