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Edge of Glory: The Inside Story of the Quest for Figure Skating's Olympic Gold Medals

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Respected sports journalist Christine Brennan tells the riveting tales of the world's best figure skaters during the most intense year of their young lives. The story opens with the 1997 U.S. national championships, when Michelle Kwan, the overwhelming favorite for the 1998 Olympic gold medal, leaves the rink in tears. Enter Tara Lipinski, a seventy-five-pound jumping mach ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published 1998)
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Nicola
Edge of Glory follows a number of figure skating hopefuls during the run-up to the 1998 Olympic Games. Unfortunately, the resulting narrative is so long that it becomes dirge-y and repetitive. We get it, Christine Brennan: Tara Lipinski went into obsessive 'frenzies' during training. You don't have you tell us about it ten times.

Despite its length, the book lacks depth. Brennan shows all the subtlety of... well, a newspaper reporter. She gets caught up in newsroom melodrama, without bothering to
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Katie
The lovefest of Michelle Kwan continues in book form.

Christine Brennan is a pretty good figure skating reporter. I've always appreciated her take on skating and in the past she has stood up to what was the USFSA in her journalism, "like it really is." I enjoyed her first book much more than this one, but for anyone who enjoys skating or particularly likes the skaters she covers in this book, they will enjoy it.

I was a little taken aback with the constant drip drip drip of love for Michelle Kwan
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Brenda
I have always felt that Michelle Kwan was robbed of the gold in 1998, but after reading this, I'm even more upset on her behalf.
Julie
While I didn't particularly like the style in which the book was written (the author was/is(?) a sports correspondent and commentator, and thus wrote the book in the same spirit), I DID enjoy the book; namely, because I remember the majority of the performances and competitions described in great detail. I liked reading about what was going on behind the scenes, as far as injuries the skater's had during the time of their performances that the public wasn't privy to, the coaching dynamics, the c ...more
Ben
Nov 14, 2007 Ben rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only people obsessed with '90s era skating
Not like we didn't know all the shit about Tara Lipinski. This author is that tall-ass lady with big shoulder pads who would sometimes be recruited as an interviewer on actual figure skating broadcasts, but the skating community at large considers her to be a hack journalist. She writes about a lot of other sports, too.

Basically, this book is really sympathetic to Michelle Kwan and exposes the Lipinskis for all their money-grubbing stage-parent ways. You know, there's Nicole Bobek and boring-as
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Tatiana
Jul 31, 2010 Tatiana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: figure skating fans
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The lives of competitve, Olympic-bound figure skaters, their familes, and their pros and choreographers, are documented by journalist Christine Brennan for the year and a half leading up to and though the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games. Brennan's full access pass to the hearts and minds of ice greats like Michelle Kwan, Rudy Galindo, Alexei Urmanov, among others, make Edge of Glory a delectable treat for life-long, die-hard figure skating enthusiasts as well as those new to the sport.

The behind-the-
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Surreysmum
Written in the opinionated style that characterizes journalists, this is a reasonably entertaining account of the events leading up to the 98 Olympics, with the focus on the Tara-vs-Michelle women's event (the men's also gets reasonable coverage, but there's precious little about pairs, no dance, and no real foreshadowing of the judging horrors that would haunt the 2002 Olympics, despite the appearance of those signs in the dance event). Brennan's a bit tough on Tara Lipinski in terms of her dep ...more
Amanda
Quick read tracing the lives of the men and women figure skaters from 1995 to 1998 Olympics, but it was well worth it.
Barbara
For figure skating fans only.
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