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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Esperanza Flores's place on the United States Olympic figure skating team has come at the expense of an injured skater, so in addition to the pressure of sudden fame and outsized expectations Espi has to deal with the resentment of her teammates--and their efforts to sabotage her routine.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Scholastic Inc.
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Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Esperanza Flores, called Espi, is a sixteen-year-old figure skater who gets her big break when she places second at Nationals the year one of the top US skaters is out with a knee injury. Unexpectedly, she's on the US Olympic team.

I love figure skating. I did it myself as a child, and I've never forgotten how much fun it is. Plus, it's one of the funnest sports to watch. Thus, I had very high hopes for GOLD MEDAL WINTER. For the most part, it delivered.

I liked that GOLD MEDAL WINTER emphasize
Zoey K.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book twice now and I find things i didn't find before. All the drama and anxiety gets to Espi but in the end she prevails as Americas darling. Espi is very well rounded girl that learns to handle what everyone says good or bad. In this book she has learned how to pick herself up and learned how to bring herself down.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! I'm so looking forward to not only read it again, but to read Gold Medal Summer! This book is one of my favorites!
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very fun and exciting book to read! I definitely feel like the romance could have been better developed and this is one of those stories that's really predictable. However, it was still really entertaining! A enjoyable and quick read.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing and showed the struggles of a small-town skating girl who is suddenly finds that she has a potential chance for gold in the Olympics for figure skating. Being the first to land a quad sal is an amazing plot line, and being a Dominican is showing that she is different. I didn't really care for the romance, but I understand why it was there. I love that she stays normal like a normal high-school girl even after getting chosen; she still has the struggles of a normal high-scho ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book over the summer and I absolutely loved it. Espinoza Flores (the main character) is an Olympic figure skater that deals with a lot of drama during the course of her career. She’s truly a strong and sweet character.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly ridiculous but I loved it! (figure skating geek here...)
Madisen Garcia
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very fun and inspiring book with some underlying romance.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Emily Guyer
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books because she is overcoming all the drama that comes at her. And acheves the olimpic dream that she wanted.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! And I just started the about the second book about gymnastics. Hope it is as good as this one!
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ms. Yingling
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Esperanza Flores has worked hard but also been lucky-- her single mother has a supportive community at the Italian restaurant where she works; Esperanza's Coach Chen moved to her small town, coaches her for free AND has her own rink right next door to a small house the Flores family rents; and she gets on the Olympic team when the girl who scores right above her is injured. Espi's friends and family are supportive of her trip to the Olympics even though her Dominican national mother has some tro ...more
Kelly Hager
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This is sort of a complementary piece to her earlier novel Gold Medal Summer, although both are standalones.

I'm not a huge fan of sports (understatement of the year) but I do love The Cutting Edge, and so I was a huge fan of this novel.

Espi is a figure skater and an unusual one. She's Latina and, as Espi points out, figure skating tends to not be on the radar for most of her people. (She saw a routine once and fell completely in love with it, managed to teach herself the basics and then---throug
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jillian Heise
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another cute Olympic sports-centric story from Donna Freitas. I enjoyed reading Gold Medal Summer and Gold Medal Winter was just as much fun. Definitely got me psyched up for the Olympics, especially with the behind-the-scenes aspects to being an athlete at as part of Team USA. Donna's stories are of strong girls who have worked hard to be elite level athletes, and as they deal with all that comes with that, they reach out to their family and friends. And, of course, there's a bit of romance inv ...more
After sixteen-year-old Esperanza Flores qualifies for the U.S. figure skating team, the pressure starts to mount. The usually unflappable and single-minded teen finds herself distracted by gossip about possible romance and by the remarks of some of the other female figure skaters. The author builds sympathy for Espi as she contends with her own superstitions and doubts as well as some attempts at sabotage. For those of us enamored with the beauty and grace of this sport, this book shows the more ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Esperanza Flores has been training as a figure skater since she was 10 and now has the opportunity to skate for Team USA at the Winter Olympics. With the support of her mother and her coach (a formed gold medal skater), Esperanza hopes to become the first Latina-American to medal in figure skating. In addition to the pressure of the skating, there is the drama that lurks behind the scenes with both boys and other skaters. It is a great deal for a high school sophomore to handle. Follow Esperanza ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A charming and sweet, if predictable, story about hard work and high hopes. Freitas does an excellent job capturing the excitement of the Olympics and the need to focus. Hockey player Danny was surprisingly adorable given his few scenes, too, though I had a hard time separating my vision of him from my own hockey-playing cousin named Danny!

This book falls on the younger side of YA, and I definitely recommend it for sporty kids looking for a book that feels familiar or for anyone charmed by the y
Alexa E
Esperanza Flores finally comes to her dream. After years and years of practice, training, and competition she finally gets to compete for the United States! When people find out that Esperanza is skating for the United States she can not even go out anywhere or even out of her home without people waiting there for her taking pictures videos and reporters talking to her every move she makes. With all of this going on Esperanza Flores is also trying to master a very tricky secret jump. This jump m ...more
Shelley M.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2015
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and I was so excited, but it ended up taking me a long time to read it. It's about a teenage girl named Esperanza who gets added to the US Olympic figure skating team at the last minute, so it follows the few weeks leading up to the Olympics, and the Olympics itself. I thought it was a sweet book, with just some light mean girl and crush/possible love triangle action, but the focus was mainly on Esperanza's preparations and feelings leading up to the Olympics. ...more
Young figure skating fans will enjoy Esperanza's journey to the winter Olympics as a fresh new face, underdog and first Dominican skater. There's plenty of drama in her quest: dealing with paparazzi and mean girl elite skaters, nailing her quad salchow, and competing Olympic romances between a men's figure skater and a hockey player. Nothing too deep here but the author benefited from consulting with skater Rachael Flatt, giving this novel a bit of insider flavor.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It kept me entertained and had such a fun story. Espi had problems and obstacles I could relate to and her character was super sweet. I have always been interested in the olympics and this book made me even more interested. I liked learning more about ice skating and it was so fun to read about her journey to the Olympics. I also think she defiantly ended up with the right person. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes sports and a touch of romance.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars, I rounded it up because I enjoyed the book so much! I went to the library and saw this book and decide to get it without reading any reviews or ratings on the book. I thought it was so cute! I don't know much about ice skating (except ice princess the movie and the cutting edge) . I also enjoyed how Espi went off about the cutting edge, that had to be my favorite part, other then the amazing ending.
Gail Nall
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Great book about a 16-year-old figure skater headed to the Olympics, with some nice little twists along the way. The author did her research (both for the skating and for the Olympics), and I just ate up all those little details about the Olympic village and all the swag the main character picked up. Lots of fun!
Courtney Grams
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a cute and fun "beach read." Doesn't require too much thought, but is enjoyable none the less. Probably best for girls in elementary and middle school. It also had a "beginner feminist" vibe with its few mentionings of men being emasculated by powerful women. Good for young girls who need inspiration and drive. I enjoyed it!!
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'd give it 2.5 stars. Cute story, but too cheesy and unrealistic, especially to anyone who knows anything about figure skating. I'd recommend the Silver Skates series by Barbara J. Mumma instead if you are interested in novels about ice skating.
Lexee Dorman
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was clean and talk a lot of good lessons about how you should never underestimate yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a good book when they're feeling low
Jaime Constancio
Apr 11, 2016 marked it as to-read
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really good to see a book of this type discuss feminism, gender roles etc, which I didn't expect! I definitely enjoyed reading this
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