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The Figure Skating Book explains the commonly performed jumps,
spins and pairs moves. With detailed instructions for each maneuver, and
useful line drawings for all the steps involved. The lively text also
outlines some of the history of each move, explaining who made it famous
and how. For instance, the Axel is named after Axel Paulsen, the Norwegian
skater who invented the jump, and Kurt Browning was the first skater to
successfully land a quadruple jump in competition.
chapter, Getting Started, includes information about buying the proper
equipment and clothing. The Basics explains gliding, stopping, backward
stroking and cross-cuts. Turns discusses a variety of turns for the
beginner skater, while Jumps offers moves such as the waltz jump, Salchow,
toe loop, Lutz and Axel. Spins and Field Moves, details pivots and
footwork steps, and Dance introduces the reader to pairs moves. The final
chapter gives helpful tips on choosing a skating club and coach, as well
as fitness preparation and injury prevention.
As Wilkes points
out in her introduction, there's just something totally intoxicating about
skating. It's magical and lovely, physical yet artistic, fresh and
wholesome and with enough speed and power in the mix to make it dangerous.
When a skater finally gets control, the sense of accomplishment is
enormous. Skaters and fans at all skill and ages will increase their
knowledge and understanding by following lessons in this book.