Many instructional books have been written about figure skating. Some are very good. Others are outdated. None, however, has been complete. The Complete Book of Figure Skating finally fills that void.
Author Carole Shulman is a former elite competitive skater, a Master PSA instructor, a professional figure skating judge, and the current executive director of the Professional Skaters Association. She provides most comprehensive, up-to-date book available on skating covering proven techniques and training methods for skills performed at all levels and in all disciplines including singles, pairs, ice dancing, and synchronized team skating.
The Complete Book of Figure Skating starts at the beginning—sitting on the ice and then learning to move across the frozen surface with increasing speed, style, and grace. The chapters build in difficulty, covering steps, spins, jumps, and lifts. From stopping to spinning to quad jumps, each skill builds on the previous skills as this complete manual guides you through the skill levels of figure skating.
Providing straightforward advice on how to select a specialty, choose proper equipment, condition off the ice, and manage nutrition—the book also describes the proper technique for more than 100 skills, presented progressively from beginning to advanced levels of expertise:
• Stops and stroking skills
• Freestyle moves
• Turns and footwork (including ice-dancing techniques)
For each skill you’ll find a clear description with introductory or preparatory steps, followed by a detailed technical explanation to enhance your understanding and training. Special teaching exercises and tips will also help you master the most difficult components of each skill.
As added bonus you’ll find helpful information in The Complete Book of Figure Skating about competitions. You’ll learn the ins and outs of creating and refining a program—including music, choreography, and costumes—and discover inside tips on how to perfect your skills and score high marks from the judges.
The Complete Book of Figure Skating gives you an essential resource on how to perform the all the techniques and programs of the sport. Whether you’re a skater looking to improve your technique or an instructor looking for innovative coaching methods, this book will help you achieve your goal.
Table of Contents
Part I: Essentials
Chapter 1: Skating Forms
Chapter 2: Skates and Apparel
Chapter 3: Skating Fitness
Part II: Techniques
Chapter 4: Basic Skating Moves
Chapter 5: Freestyle Moves
Chapter 6: Turns and Footwork
Chapter 7: Spins
Chapter 8: Jumps
Chapter 9: Pairs
Part III: Performances
Chapter 10: Program Elements and Choreography
Chapter 11: Scoring, Judges, and Performance Evaluation
Appendix: Code of Ethics for Coaches
”Providing detailed explanations and helpful hints, The Complete Book of Figure Skating is the only book of its kind available and a valuable asset to any skater's library.”
1980 Olympic gold medalist
”This book is a true outlook on our wonderful sport of figure skating. It's an instructor's guide to every detail and an even better guide for those wanting to understand the technique behind the difficult moves of our sport. A thumbs-up to this great book!”
1988 Olympic and world silver medalist
U.S. Open Professional champion
Three-time Canadian champion
”Carole Shulman's knowledge is all-inclusive. As the PSA executive director, she has supervised all the aspects of coaching figure skating. I cannot think of a finer or more qualified person to write this book.”
Coach of 4-time world champion Michelle Kwan
United States Olympic Committee 1997 National Coach of the Year
”Carole Shulman has filled a void with a very comprehensive book on all aspects of figure skating. Now we have a textbook for the 21st century”
Ron E. Ludington
Director of Ice Skating Science Development Center
World and Olympic figure skating coach