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  1. says:

    I've been a fan of figure skating since childhood But it wasn't until I read this book that I developed a real appreciation and understanding

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    Full disclaimer I loathe Jamie Sale and David Pellitier Their skating bores me not a fan of their personalities and I thought Love Story was overratedThat's neither here nor there though This book is a fascinating read on the history of the 200

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    The Second Mark Courage Corruption And The Battle For Olympic Gold by Joy Goodwin is an in depth look at the three pairs teams who medaled at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City It discusses the six skaters and how all of their humble beginnings lead to Olympic greatness It also looks at the lives of their coaches and parents to examine how their support systems were able to push the skaters and help them achieve their u

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    Whilst this book was an intriguing read it was about the background of the three pairs then an expose into the 60 system The actual scandal was covered only briefly and without much depth the author can't be entirely blamed

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    This is the best skating book I have ever read I have been a figure skating aficionado for than a decade now and I have read and loved Christine Brennan's books but this one is far better I loved the fly on the wall approach to what i

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    Probably the perfect sports book and a book that very easily captures the reasons I both love and hate figure skating

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    This book provides a breathtaking insight into the training regime of 3 world renowned pairs ice skating teams; t

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    There are three parts of this book the first part the biographies of the skaters was amazing and deserves five stars The third part political f

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    I really enjoyed this book The 2002 Winter Olympics pairs skating French judge corrupt voting outrage and self righteousness – my own memories of the events covered prior to my recent reading of The Second Mark Joy Goodwin’s warm respectfulinformative summaries of the backgrounds of each of the six skaters and the paths by which these pairs came together within their own national contexts has made me app

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    Read this for Olympic Fever podcast's book club I thought it would be about the judging corruption and development of the new scoring system though I suppose the book came out before that was fully developed It's really about the 3 pairs who medalled at the 2002 OlympicsThe pairs' stories are fascinating and they are so well written Judging doesn't really get talked about beyond offhand comments by coaches until over halfway thro

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Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â Joy Goodwin

Catching up to the West And we meet two Canadians a barista and a concession stand worker who had almost uit the sport before deciding to give it one last try and becoming world championsExhaustively researched by a skating insider The Second Mark takes readers deep into the world of the Olympic athlete illuminating the fascinating differences between East and West From the frozen fields of China to the secret corridors of the old Soviet sports system from a tiny farm village in remotest uebec to the judges' backstage world The Second Mark tells the compelling human stories behind one of the most controversial nights in Olympic history. There are three parts of this book the first part the biographies of the skaters was amazing and deserves five stars The third part political fall out or lack there of from Salt Lake also deserves 5 stars The problem is the author doesn t really seem to understand a lot of the complexities of figure skating I was 15 when I watched the event as a huge US fan and was a mediocre figure skater and I remember being blown away by the Russians but only impressed by the Canadians Talking to people at my rink the week after including coaches and judges all of them agreed with my view and not the North American media The author says things about how the Russians have a certain style that is different from the North American style and that people in North America don t like that style What the author doesn t say is technically even with the bobble the Russian s program was technically much harder than the Canadian s program The Canadians did perform their program better than the Russians In today s scoring system the Russian s would have won gold by a long shot and not just because they won the short program My gripe is the author spent too much time judging each program by media coverage and not by the actual skating elements in the programs other than the Chinese program which made the book even weirder As someone who was in the sport and not just a fan the lack of technical proficiency made the book feel incomplete and biased towards the North American side of the story

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It was billed as the greatest event in the history of pair skating three of the best teams of all time battling for Olympic gold on one night in Salt Lake City Technical ability was approximately eual It was the artistic merit score that would decide the gold medal the second markRepresenting Canada China and Russia the three pairs illuminated their distinct cultures On the second mark whose culture would triumph Would it be the beauty of the Russians' ballet on ice the thrill of the Chinese pair's heart stopping acrobatics or the Canadians' passionate connection with the audience In a down to the wire nail biter the difference between. Full disclaimer I loathe Jamie Sale and David Pellitier Their skating bores me not a fan of their personalities and I thought Love Story was overratedThat s neither here nor there though This book is a fascinating read on the history of the 2002 Olympic podium in pairs I was a bit weary about a book focusing so much on the scandal but it actually focuses on all three pairs I was hooked from the beginning and I read 104 pages straight before realizing it was 5am and I needed to sleepThe writing is good and you really understand figure skating from three different perspectives The CanadianNorth American way the established Soviet way and the changing Chinese way I like how it dives deeply in the troubled political histories of Russia and China without patronizing Canada for being sounchangingly Canadian You get the perspectives and personalities from all three pairs and eual attention is given to not only Anton Sikharulidze Yelena Berezhnaya Zhao Hongbo Shen Xue David Pelletier and Jamie Sale but also to their coaches Tamara Moskvina Russian pairs legend Yao Bin a flawless human being and all the coaches Jamie and David went through because I couldn t really keep track Basically I recommend reading this book if you re interested about the skaters not necessarily the scandal itselfThis book never really seeks to answer what exactly happened in Salt Lake because there are so many uestions that were never answered There will always be corruption in figure skating because it s become accepted the ISU will continue to do nothing and frankly the new judging system doesn t help with that Just look where Didier Gailhaguet is now ETA 320 I m pleased for when skaters I like are rewarded but figure skating is so emotional that it will always remain a difficult sport to judge It s why I appreciated that this book sought to humanize all the skaters who all at the end of the day skate out to center ice and do their job

Read & download ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF â Joy Goodwin

Gold and silver came down to the vote of a single judge Hours later a bombshell the confession of a French judge unleashed a worldwide debate and ultimately produced an unprecedented duplicate gold medalThe Second Mark reveals what an athlete really goes through to become the best in the world through the riveting stories of unforgettable people We meet Yelena Berezhnaya of Russia who survives emergency brain surgery after a near fatal training accident and makes it back to the Olympics in less than two years We meet Zhao Hongbo a young boy skating in subzero weather in remotest China who will fulfill his coach's twenty year dream of. Whilst this book was an intriguing read it was about the background of the three pairs then an expose into the 60 system The actual scandal was covered only briefly and without much depth the author can t be entirely blamed for this since the International Skating Union basically made sure the truth was never known It was still fascinating to read the backgrounds of the pairs though in particular the Chinese skaters Shen and Zhao who were held back by the second mark right up until the 2003 World Championships because Chinese artistry was not considered true artistry which I found grossly unfair unfair than the initial result of the Pairs Competition at the 2002 Olympics having watched all the programs on YouTube I thought the Russians truly deserved the gold outright but there s no denying a shady deal had been made that brought the whole judging of the event into disrepute It had shades of racism and prejudice against anything different Shen and Zhao s story really stole the show though and I had goose bumps as I read the Epilogue about their skate at the 2003 World ChampionshipsBut if one is looking for an explanation of the old system of judging this book isn t really it if you re interested in figure skating though it s a good read And perhaps unwittingly a look at the power of Western media since as pointed out by some had the 4 5 judging split been in the Canadians favour such a furore would never have happened