Top 5 Figure Skating Books
What are the most popular figure skating books?
- My Sergei: A Love Story
- Inside Edge:
- From Lukov with Love
- Welcome to My World
- Edge of Glory
1. My Sergei: A Love Story
My Sergei: A Love Story is a very popular novel in the world of figure skating. This is a number one New York Times Best Seller book written by Ekaterina Gordeeva, a world-renowned Russian figure skater and Olympian. This Olympic gold medalist takes the reader on a journey through her life as someone whose profession of skating is mingled with their personal life. Gordeeva's skating partner, Sergei Grinkov, was also her husband of about 5 years from 1991 to 1995. She details what it was like when she first met Grinkov and how their relationship budded into a successful marriage and skating titles. She recalls what it was like to lose Grinkov to a fatal heart attack and how she struggled to continue on.
2. Inside Edge
Inside Edge: A Revealing Journey into the Secret World of Figure Skating is a figure skating tell-all book written by well-known author, Christine Brennan. In this book, Brennan follows the grueling season, both on and off the ice, of the sport's current and rising stars. She provides snippets of many of the sport's big names as well. This book is a deep dive into the stories of the athletes' families, their ambition and persistence, and the difficult journey to the top filled with conflicts, doubts, and the intense need to reach perfection. This is a great book for readers looking to learn all about the figure skating world and its brightest stars.
3. From Lukov with Love
From Lukov with Love is a stellar figure skating novel written by Mariana Zapata. This is a story about a world class figure skater named Jasmine Santos that decides to take one more shot at figure skating pairs before ending her career. Ivan Lukov, the current pairs figure skating champion and Santos' nemesis, asks her to team up for a season and she agrees. The reader goes on a journey of how their relationship went from hostile to friendly, and then beyond. This book is a combination of romance and sports, while also diving into the insanely competitive figure skating world.
4. Welcome to My World
Welcome to My World is a memoir written by Johnny Weir, a three-time USA National Champion figure skater who was the talk of the event in the 2010 Winter Olympics. This is the story of a small-town boy from rural Pennsylvania that became an American sensation both on and off the ice because of his glamorous and daring routines and outlook on life. The book reveals his discovery of his natural figure skating talent, the physical and emotional struggles that he faced on the road to becoming a champion, and the sacrifices that his family made to support him. This is a unique look into a skater that has suffered defeats, climbed to the top, and developed an unbreakable confidence.
5. Edge of Glory
Edge of Glory: The Inside Story of the Quest for Figure Skating's Olympic Gold Medals is another book written by recognized sports journalist Christine Brennan. This book tells the stories of young elite figure skaters that endure intense experiences while trying to become some of the world's best. It dives into specific events that had lasting impacts on some of the most favored skaters in the game. From the 1997 USA National Championships to the 1998 Olympics, there were many young athletes competing for the top spot. Brennan shows the reader what it's like to deal with hostile sports agents, coaches, reporters, choreographers, and judges from a young age.