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Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team

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Most sports fans have heard the tragic story of the plane crash that killed all the members of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team, along with sixteen of their friends, family and coaches. Now, for the first time, Frozen in Time takes readers inside the lives of the skaters, telling one of the most iconic stories in the history of American sport.

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published December 16th 2005 by Clerisy Press, Emmis Books
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Nov 06, 2009 Drebbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2006
Frozen in Time" is a well researched and well written look at the entire U.S. Skating team that was killed in a 1961 plane crash in Brussels. Author Nikki Nichols focuses mostly on the Owen family (nine time National Champion Maribel Vinson Owen and her daughters, "Little Maribel" and newly crowned National Champion, 16 year old Laurence) and Stephanie Westerfield, Laurence's closest rival and her sister Sharon. The book also gives insight into what skating was like at that time, with detailed e ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Lennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In February of 1961, Sabena Flight 548 left New York for a ten-hour flight to Europe. On board were the entire U.S. Figure Skating Team, their coaches, and some of the athlete’s family members. They were on their way to Prague for the World Championships but not before stopping in Brussels first. These figure skaters were standout American youngsters who made personal sacrifices and trained hard to become the elite in their sport. As the plane made its final descent towards the runway at Brussel ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Leanna rated it it was amazing
I began this book some time ago, but set it aside, knowing I would need to read of the crash and the deaths of the skaters, coaches and family members. I finally made myself read through that. The author had presented the skaters in such a congenial way that I didn't want their stories to end, and they did end so suddenly and senselessly. I didn't care for the author's suppositions about the flight. I also understand the inclusion of Laurence Owen's poem, but not so much her essay. The 16-year-o ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing
I had very little knowledge of the tragedy that befell the 1961 US Figure Skating Team and when I saw this book at a thrift store it piqued my interest in knowing more. Having enjoyed watching figure skating during the Olympics I knew that this book would hold my interest and it certainly did not disappoint. I enjoyed the authors focus on centralizing the book on two main characters (Laurence and Steffi) and the paths they took to be one the best at their sport at that time. Definitely a book al ...more
Feb 07, 2014 QNPoohBear rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book tells the story of the members of the U.S. Figure Skating World Team, friends and family who died in a plane crash en route to the Worlds in 1961. Nichols relates the struggles of the top athletes to get to the top spots that would earn them the right to be at the World Championships in Prague. A skater never skates alone and this book is also about the coaches who helped the skaters on their paths to glory and their family members who supported them. Nichols imagines what the skaters ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved to watch ice skating especially at the Olympics though I can't even stand up on skates. When I won this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers I dove right in. This book gave all the details of U. S. Figure Skating leading up to the tragic plane crash of all 18 members of the team in 1961. Nichols, a skater herself, gives you the inside view of key skaters and coaches of the time particularly focusing on two families, the Owens and the Westerfelds. Some times I had trouble ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at the lives of the US Figure Skating Team, their coaches & some family along with others that were killed in the 1961 plane crash of Sabena 548 over Brussels, Belgium (on their way to Prague for the World Championships).

This was a devastating loss for US Figure Skating and the skaters who would more than likely have stolen the show at Worlds had they survived ... this is truly a book that makes you think "what might have been if ..."

And for those, who just missed the pla
May 13, 2011 Felicia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Figure Skating Fans
Shelves: figure-skating
This has been on my to-read list for quite awhile but I kept putting it off expecting it to be dry reading as many doucmentary type books are. After seeing RISE I finally decided to read it and was pleasantly surprised.

Despite my love for the sport of figure skating, I never really knew a lot about those who died in the crash. Perhaps becuase thier careers were cut short before they ever really got started. Of course I had heard the names Maribel Vinson Owen, Laurance Owen, et. al, but they alw
Apr 06, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in US figure skating and its history. Since February of 1961, the US figure skating team never travels together on the same airplane. This policy evolved after every single top skater (in men's and women's singles, pairs, and ice dancing) died in the crash of Sabena Airlines Flight 548 as they flew to Prague to compete in the World Championships. THe author does a good job of drawing the reader in and characterizing each skater's life, hope ...more
Feb 22, 2010 Renee added it
Shelves: read-2010, new
As a figure skating fan I had heard of this event, but only briefly. I think I knew it ended the lives and careers of a generation of skaters, but I hadn't quite realized the personal tragedy. I didn't realize that so many families lost multiple family members! Mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, sons, daughters. Wow. It wasn't the most well written book ever, but I was rivited by the story.
Jan 30, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This book is so touching and a great read. It highlights just how big of a mark the plane crash killing the US Figuring Skating team had on everyone.

Being from a figure skating past, it's something you still know about today. If only the vague whispers and ideas of the events. This book is such an excellent read.
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Sep 17, 2010 Amy Wright rated it it was ok
The book read more like a compilation of competition placement data for the members of the US Figure skating team. I was hoping for more of a story line. It was difficult to feel any attachment to the skaters and their families because it read more like a detail of their accomplishments.
Jul 07, 2011 Tanya rated it it was ok
I was hoping to feel more connection to the skaters. It was informative and enjoyed by my daughter who skates.
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