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Skating Book FAQ / Bibliography, part 2 of 2

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		-- continued from part 1 of 2 --

Ice Skating Books:

    Yes! You Can Do the Triple Jumps
    Billy Ng
    Nothing But Excellence Publishers, New York - 1996
    213 pages, $49.95

	1 -  What Can This Book Do For You?
	2 -  Examine Yourself - Your Age
	3 -  Examine Yourself - Your Physical Condition
	4 -  Examine Yourself - Are You Lazy?
	5 -  You Want It When?
	6 -  Why You Skate
	7 -  Yes, You Can Do It
	8 -  Build Yourself Up First and Then Help Others
	9 -  Yes, You Have to Work Out
	10 - Lower Body Strength Work Out Exercises
	11 - Upper Body Strength Work Out Exercises
	12 - Polyometric Training OR What Was That Again?
	13 - Did You Take Your Wheaties Today?
	14 - Did You Take Your Vitamins Today?
	15 - Stretching OR Doing Funny Things On The Floor
	16 - Me No Fear
	17 - The Secrets To Jumping Higher
	18 - What You Put In, You Will Get Out
	19 - Terms Which You Must Know
	20 - What?! You Have Never Been On The Ice Before?
	21 - For Beginners Only
	22 - Are You A Lefty?
	23 - In The Beginning There Was The Edge
	24 - The Secret To Doing The Singles
	25 - The Single Jumps
	26 - Are You Dead Out There On The Ice
	27 - What? Are You Still Thinking About That?
	28 - Why Are You Doing This?
	29 - The Secret To Doing Doubles and Triples
	30 - The Double Jumps
	31 - How To Be Naughty Before An Audience
	32 - This One Thing I Do
	33 - Where Is Your Brain?
	34 - Do It A Badzillion Times
	35 - Do It OR Die Trying
	36 - Is It Really Impossible To Do This Jump?
	37 - The Triple Jumps
	38 - Do You Know What I Am Talking About?
	39 - Stay Focused Or Else
	40 - Come Here And Rest Awhile, You Beautiful Thing
	41 - Other Jumps
	42 - Are You Mentally Prepared? Or Are You Brain Dead?
	43 - How Is Your Belief In Yourself?
	44 - What Do You Mean You Cannot Do It?
	45 - All, I Mean All, The Spins
	46 - Combo Spins
	47 - Some Beautiful Glides OR How To Torture Yourself
	48 - Down On My Knees
	49 - My Poses
	50 - My Spin Positions
	51 - My Jump Positions
	52 - Grab The Popcorn And Turn On the TV
	53 - Stay Beautiful For Life

	[ from publishers blurb]
	Yes! You Can Do The Triple Jumps by Dr Billy Ng is the newest
	and most comprehensive book on figure skating.  Dr. Ng explains
	all the jumps and spins concisely and with great humor.  Each
	page is a delight to read. The book has 53 chapters, ranging
	from technique to psychological motivation, from working-out
	to polymetric training, and from nutrition to stretching. It
	uses more than 400 clear, step-by-step illustrations.

	The language used is easy to understand and very direct.  Another
	unique aspect of this book is that all the illustrations shown are
	of female skaters. Also, the book is extremely funny and blatantly
	honest.

	See http://www.academic.marist.edu/skate/ for more information
	on Billy Ng and the book...


    Ice Skating - Steps to Successs
    Karen Kuenzle-Watson & Dr Steven DeArmond
    Human Kinetics Publisher, Champaign IL - 1995
    Trade Paperback, 157 pages, $14.95
    ISBN 0-87322-669-0

	Preface
	    The Steps to Success Staircase
	The Sport of Ice Skating
	    Evolution of the Ice Skate
	    Perparing to Skate
	    Ice Skating Etiquette
	Ice Skating Equipment
	    Ice Skates and their Care
	    Protective Equipment
	Steps -
	    1 - Proper Skating Postures: Devloping Balance
	    2 - Push and Glide: Moving Ahead
	    3 - Forward Steps: Slowing Down
	    4 - Figure Skating Maneuvers: Gaining Confidence
	    5 - Backwards Skating and Stopping: Doubling Your Options
	    6 - Forward Stroking: Pushing for Power
	    7 - Foward Crossovers: Stroking on a Curve
	    8 - Two Foot Turns and Mohawks: Controlling Rotation
	    9 - Backwards Crossovers: Gaining Speed on a Curve
	    10 - Swing Rolls and Advanced Edges: Inproving Edge Control
	    11 - Three Turns: Changing Direction and Edges
	    12 - Style and Efficiency: Planning Your Skating Program
	Glossary

	This book is part of the "Steps to Success" series of sports
	how-to books.  In general, such an approach provides a common
	format, pedagogy and terminology with other books in the series,
	but at the same time forces the author into a pre-defined and
	perhaps limiting model for presenting their material.

	In this case, the format doesn't seem to interfere too much with
	the presentation and the result is a clear set of skating lessons
	with supporting material.  The collaboration with Dr. DeArmond
	has also contributed a more analytical perspective on skating than
	what you might expect from traditional texts.  In the end, the
	success of the book really depends on how well it works for the
	student trying to skate using this presentation - something that
	I'm not really prepared to comment on.


    Skaters Edge Sourcebook
    Alice Berman
    Skaters Edge, Kensington MD - 1995
    Trade Paperback, 272 pages, $39.95 + $5 S&H
    ISBN  0-9643027-0-5
    [ order from Skaters Edge; Box 500; Kensington, MD  20895; 301-946-1971 ]

	Soaring Without Wings
	Associations and Organizations
	  Choosing a Pro
	Books, Books, Books
	  by Author
	  by Title (cross-reference)
	  by Category (cross-reference)
	Boots and Blades
	  Guide to Fittings Skates
	  Skate Boots
	  Guide to Blades
	  Blades: Makes and Models
	  Lacing Up
	Champions
	  US National Figure Skating Championships
	  World Championships
	  Olympic Winter Games
	Companies and Organizations
	  by Category (cross reference)
	Fan Mail and Letters
	Federations
	Rinks, Rinks, Rinks
	  Finding Rinks in Canada
	  US Rinks by State/City
	  US Rinks by Name (cross-reference)
	  Rinks Affiliated with Colleges or Universities
	    by State
	    by School Affiliation
	Skaters Marketplace (small advertisments)
	Summer Skating Schools
	Training Centers: Where Top Skaters Train
	Videos; Videos; Videos
	Advertisers Index

	I almost think it's best to let the table of contents above speak
	for this book.  It has something for everyone interested in skating,
	inlcluding Fan Mail addresses, foreign skating organizations, an
	extensive list of medalists, extensive listings of videos and books
	and charts/listings for blades and boot models.

	Much of the information in in the form of listings or tables, but
	there are also various introductions, articles reproduced from the
	Skaters Edge newsletter, illustrations and advertisments.


    Figure Skating: Sharpen your Skills (Spalding)
    Patricia Hagen [ed]
    Masters Press/Sams; Indianapolis - 1994
    Trade Paperback, 155 [ages. $14.95
    ISBN 1-57028-007-X

	1 - Introduction
	2 - Equipment
	3 - Basics
	4 - Free Skating
	5 - Figures
	6 - Ice Dancing

	Written by members of the staff of the Indiana/World Skating
	Academy, this is a concise but complete guide to learning to
	skate.  It seems mainly focused on ISIA or USFSA basic skills
	level skating for adults, not that it makes any concessions to
	Adult, but rather that the advice is practical and directed at
	the skater, rather than being written down or depending on the
	intercession of coach or parent.

	Each topic is granted a little section which typically includes
	a description, instructions and illustrations.  Most topics also
	have "Sharpen your Skills" section relating ways to build on or
	updgrade the basic skill and some topics also have a structured
	presentation (ala Petkevich) including perparation, execution,
	exit/landing, timing and common errors.

	I've actually found this book to be quite useful at my current
	level of skating - I can open the book before/after a lesson
	or practic session and find words that make sense, parallel
	when the instructor says and are simple enough to work with.


    The 1994 Official USFSA Rulebook
    United States Figures Skating Association
    USFSA, Colorado Springs - 1993
    3-Ring Binder, 334 pages, $5 + $5 for Binder 
    no ISBN

	1. Bylaws of the USFSA
	2. Technical Rules
	3. Administrative Rules
	4. Committee Rules
	5. Glossary
	6. Index

	Published yearly, this book includes all that is "offical" about
	the USFSA skating program, from bylaws and organization rules to
	the patterns for compulsory dances.  While some parts are pretty
	dry reading, others convey essential or useful information.


    Figure Skating: A Celebration
    Beverley Smith
    St. Martins, New York - 1994
    Hardcover, $35
    
	This seems to be the coffee-table skating book for the 90's.
	It differs from some of the older ones by providing more profuse
	color illustrations, and a relatively large amount of textual
	content on skating in the recent years.


    Ice Time: A Portrait of Figure Skating
    Debbi Wilkes and Greg Cable
    Prentice Hall Canada - 1994
    Hardcover, $24.95

	[Dave Fraser (dfraser@nbnet.nb.ca)]
	This is not as sumptous as the Beverley Smith book, but it has some
	interesting stuff. Debbi can be pretty blunt sometimes and has some
	intelligent comments about various skaters and why they are successful
	or not successful.

	The book covers a variety of topics: her career with Guy Revell,
	broadcasting, Barbara Ann, Kurt and Elvis, etc.  Only a few pictures.


    Figure Skating Performance: A Psychological Study
    Peter Paul Moormann
    Leiden University - 1994
    Dissertation, 269 pages
    ISBN 90-9006862-7

	[Arthur Kosten <ajkosten@dds.nl>]
	In addition to the Skate Book FAQ, I would like to recommend an
	excellent book written by psychology-lecturer and coach of the Dutch
	National Figure Skating Team Peter Paul Moormann. It deals with
	various aspects of figure skating and ice dancing performance.


    The Complete Manual of Ice Dance patterns
    Jeff Lerner
    Lexicon Ventures, Vancouver CA - 1993
    Ring Bound, 402 pages, $35.00
    ISBN 0-9696538-0-8
    [ available from Platoro Press, see below ]

	1. Introduction
	2. Dance Steps
	3. Dance Turns
	4. Dance Positions
	5. Explanatory Key to Lists of Steps
	6. Lists of Abbreviations and Symbols
	7. Glossary
	8. Dance Patterns and Lists of Steps
	9. Index of Dances (Alphabetical)
	10. Index of Dances (by Type)
	11. List of Dance Pattern Originators
	12. Bibliographic References

	This book is primarily a compilation of ice dance patterns, with
	listings of the steps and skeletal supplementary information.
	Beyond than the vast number of dances presented, the best feature
	is that all patterns and step-listings have been redrawn to a clear
	common format.  Older variations of dances that have evolved over
	time aren't shown, but you can see the Copely-Graves book for many
	additional older patterns.  Some "roller only" dances are included,
	but apprently limited those listed in Arnold's book.  Finally, note
	that for the current complusory dances, the USFSA rulebook includes
	very good diagrams, step listings and extensive notes.

	A companion work is also available which covers only the current
	compulsory dances, but includes plastic overlays allowing clear
	depiction of both the mens and ladies steps.


    Figure Skating History: The Evolution of Dance on Ice
    Lynn Copley-Graves
    Platoro Press, Columbus OH, 1993
    Soft Cover, 385 pages, $35.00
    ISBN 0-9696538-1-5

	I guess the best way to describe this book is to say that it consists
	mainly of excerpts from US, UK and world skating publications, which
	are organized by skating season for each year from 1920 to 1990.
	The editorial contribution is mainly in the selection of the items,
	presented, with occasional interjections and attempts to summarize the
	key points of each decade.  It is important to keep in mind that the
	topic is "Ice Dance", while many of the names are familar, there's a
	"ghost sport" of figure skating overhanging everything, which gets
	only occasional direct mention.
	
	For each season the chapter typically contains news from associations
	including ISU, USFSA, CFSA and NSA; dance notes; people; clubs and
	rinks; and finally competitions.  Sidebars provide some illustrations,
	competitive result, reproductions of period dance patterns and other
	nuggets from the publications.  The color insert appears to be mostly
	snapshots from 80's competitions, though there are many back and white
	magazine photographs reproduced thoughout the book.


    Choreography & Style for Ice Skaters
    Ricky Harris
    St. Martins, NY NY - 1980, 1991
    Trade Paperback, 150 pages, $9.95
    ISBN 0-312-05401-7

	I. Elements of Choreography
	    1. Energize and Improvise
	    2. Music for Skaters
	    3. Principles of Movement
	    4. Movement from Gestures
	    5. Design in Space and Time
	II. Creating a Program
	    6. Selecting and Arranging Music
	    7. Ice Patterns
	    8. Choreographing Movement
	    9. Polish and Perform
	III. Additional Training Aspects
	    10. Why Dance?
	    11. The Fatigue Factor
	    12. Warming Up
	    13. The Ice Barre
	    14. Attitudes of the Skater

	An interesting book, which explains some of the choreographic
	concepts in dance or freestyle skating and provides various
	exercise and outlines for improving artistic expression.  It's
	perhaps best used as an adjunct to the suggestions of your
	coach or simply for getting better insight into an otherwise
	obscure area.


    Laura Stamm's Power Skating
    Laura Stamm
    Leisure Press, 1989, $17.95
    Trade Paperback
    ISBN 0-88011-331-6

	1. Coaches Corner
	2. Sktes and Equipment
	3. Balance
	4. Principles of Force Application
	5. The Forward Stride
	6. The Backwards Stride
	7. Crossovers
	8. Starts
	9. Stops
	10. Turns
	11. Agility
	12. Training and Conditioning

	This is a well written book that deals exclusively with the
	skating part of ice hockey.  It spends a lot of time on concepts,
	drills, and exercise for improving skating and is aimed either
	at the hockey coach/instructor or the adult hockey player.


    Figure Skating - Championship Techniques
    John Misha Petkevich
    Sports Illustrated - Winners Circle Books, 1988
    Trade Paperback, 288 pages, $10.95
    ISBN 0-452-26209-7
    [ back in print!  visit your local bookstore ]

	1. Some Preliminaries
	2. Principles and Terminology
	3. Body Positions
	4. First Strides and Glides
	5. Stroking and Crossovers
	6. Push-offs and Edges
	7. Turns
	8. Stopping and Falling
	9. Spins: General Principles and Positions
	10. Basic Spins
	11. Flying Spins
	12. Combination Spins
	13. Jumps: General Principles and Positions
	14. Edge Jumps
	15. Toe Jumps
	16. Splits and Stags
	17. Jump Combinations
	18. Pairs and Ice Dancing
	19. The Program/The "Great" Skater

	This book is the most readily available quality reference on figure
	skating.  It provides a thorough and easily readable overview of
	figures and free-style moves including turns, jumps and spins.  For
	each given move, it describes the move, then breaks the action down
	into setup, execution and completion phases, and then details the
	frequently encountered problems or quality issues.

	While the book starts out at a fairly basic level, it is not really
	intended as a self-teaching guide.  The beginner will find that
	the discussion of basic principles and stroking proceeds onward
	to the triple-jumps much quicker then they do.  Also, there is only
	minimal coverage of ice-dance, which is usually an important part
	of any adult-skating program.  Still, this is a book which every
	skater or serious spectator should have at hand as a primary
	reference source.


    Dancing on Skates
    Richard Arnold
    St. Martins, NY NY - 1985
    Hardcover, 128 pages
    ISBN 0-312-18209-0

	See Roller Skating section for a complete description...


    Competitive Figure Skating - A Parents Guide
    Robert Ogilvie
    Harper & Row, 1985
    Hardcover, 330 Pages
    ISBN 0-06-015357-1

	1. The Many Forms of Figure Skating
	2. Equipment for the Beginner
	3. Instruction For the Beginner
	4. How the Sport is Organized
	5. The USFSA Test Structure
	6. Becoming a Member of the USFSA
	7. Arranging to Take a Test
	8. How USFSA Test Are Judged
	9. Hints on Taking Tests
	10. The Organization of Practice Sessions
	11. Equipment for the Advanced Skater
	12. USFSA Championships and Competitions
	13. International Championships and Competitions
	14. How Competitions Are Conducted
	15. Professions Championships
	16. Club Harmony
	17. Fair Play for Judges
	18. Hints for Competitors
	19. Higher-Level Instruction
	20. The Professional Skaters Guild of Americe (PSGA)
	21. Music for Free Skating
	22. The Special Place of Figures
	23. Recognizing Turns and Figures
	24. Recognizing Free Skating Moves
	25. Parental Involvement
	26. Talent and the Learning Process
	27. How to Save Time and Money
	28. How the Ice is Resurfaced
	29. Where to Go for Further Information

	While this book is subtitled "a Parents Guide" it is a really a
	"must read" for anyone involved with or interested in competitive
	Ice *or* Roller skating.  It provides an essential overview of all
	aspects of the learning process and entry into the competitive arena.

	Particularly interesting are the chapters on Club Harmony, Parental
	Involvement and the role of figures.


    The Complete Handbook of Speed Skating
    Dianne Holum
    Enslow Publishers; Hillside NJ - 1984
    Trade Paperback?, 256 Pages, ~$30.00
    ISBN 0-89490-051-X
    [ may be available from mail-order in-line shops ]

	Foreward
	Speed Skating Facts
	Equipment
	Skating Technique
	Straightaway Technique
	Turn Technique
	Introduction to Training
	Dry-land Training
	Resistance and Weight Training
	Flexibility
	Training on the Ice
	Warm-up
	Using the Taper to Reach Peak Performance
	Season Planning
	Dianne Holum's 1980 U.S. Olympic Team Training Program
	Race Strategy
	Psychological Training
	Suppliers and Organizations

	[ William Bradley <wbradley@thor.ece.uc.edu> ]
	This book is primarily concerned with ice speedskating, but most
	of the technique  and dry-land training chapters are applicable to
	in-line speedskating as well.  As can be seen from the page counts,
	the six technique and training chapters make up over half the book.
	
	This is a very well-written book, and I feel that speedskaters 
	(ice and inline alike) would find it indispensable.


    The Skaters Handbook
    John Misha Petkevich
    Scribners, NY - 1984
    Hardcover, 210 Pages
    ISBN 0684180162

	While I've only scanned this book briefly in a library, it's
	mentioned in Petkevich's other book, and has been mentioned on
	the net a few times.  In contrast to Ogilvie's "parents guide",
	this book is probably most useful to the skater who is already
	involved in a competive program and interested in maximizing
	their prospects as they move to higher competitive levels, and
	as such, it'd be a bit dated by the changes to the competitive
	sport and environment since it's publication.


    How to Succeed at Skating
    Monika Maier
    Sterling Publishing, NY - 1982
    Trade Paperback, 128 pages
    ISBN 0-8069-4154-5

	[ loosemore-sandra@CS.YALE.EDU (Sandra Loosemore) ]
	This is a translation of a book originally published in Germany.
	It covers basic skating skills, up to the level of a waltz jump and
	one-foot spins.  The moves are illustrated with clear photos (most
	of them in color).  Unlike most learn-to-skate books, this one
	contains some useful information about ice dancing, including basic
	dance holds and steps, and a few compulsory dances.  The back of the
	book has some reference information about competitive-level skating.
	There are also many color pictures of famous skaters from around 1980
	in the book, including one on the cover of Torvill & Dean looking
	much younger than they do now.


    Figure Skating
    Carlo Fassi with Greg Smith
    Charles Schribners, NY  1980
    Hardcover, 179 Pages, $17.95
    ISBN 0-684-16314-4
    [ out of print ]

	Skates, Lessons and Training
	    Figure Skates; Skate Care; The Skater's Clothing; Training
	Beginning to Skate
	    Walking on the Ice; Sculling; The Dip; Gliding on One Skate;
	    Taking a Fall; Basic Stroking; Forward Crossovers;
	    Backward Crossovers; Forward Outside Edge; Forward Inside Edge;
	    Backward Outside Edge; Backward Inside Edge; How to Stop on Ice
	Compulsory Figures
	    Forward outside Eight; Forward Inside Eight;
	    Backward Outside Eight; Backward Inside Eight;
	    Serpentine Forward Right; Threes: The Three-Turn;
	    Forward Outside Double Threes; Brackets;
	    Forward Outside Loop; Backward Outside Loop;
	    Serpentine Forward Loop; Counter; Rocker; Paragraph;
	    Basic Theory for All Figures; Layout; My Theory of Turns
	Free Skating
	    Spins; Two-Foot Spin; Back Spin; Fast or Scratch Spin;
	    Sit Spin; Camel Spin; Flying Camel and Flying Sit Spin;
	    Flying Camel - Variations; Butterfly; Layback Spin
	    Jumps; Waltz Jump; Loop Jump; Double Loop; Triple Loop;
	    Axel Jump; Doubel Axel; Triple Axel; Salchow; Double Salchow;
	    Triple Salchow; Single Toe Walley; Single Toe Loop;
	    Double Toe Walley; Double Toe Loop; Triple Toe Walley;
	    Triple Toe Loop; Flip Jump; Double Flip; Triple Flip;
	    Lutz Jump; Double Lutz; Triple Lutz; Backward Somersault;
	    Free Skating Programs in Competition; Choreography;
	    Expressive Moves
	Nutrition and Competitive Skaters
	Competitions
	    International Skating Union; World Figure Skating Championships;
	    European Figure Skating Championships; The Winter Olympics;
	    The United States Nationals; Tests; Judges
	Some Thoughs About Coaching
	    Good Coaching versus Good Teaching; Getting along with Parents;
	    At Competition
	Glossary

	This book covers very similar material to Petkevich and is
	similar in content and style.  The differences are interesting -
	Petkevich speaks as a retired skater, Fassi as a skater turned
	professional coach.  Petkevich's book is illustrated with good,
	clear photographs, Fassi's with line drawings executed to show
	exactly the critical intent.  Petkevich's book is a little bit
	more useful to the spectator or advanced skater, while Fassi's
	has a bit more material useful for the beginner to intermediate
	skater.


    Ice Dancing Illustrated
    Lorna Dyer with Harry Brandt
    Moore Publications, Bellevue, WA - 1980
    Hardbound, 297 pages, 105 b/w plates plus dance diagrams.
    ISBN 0-9602616-0-5
    [ out of print ]

	1. Introduction
	2. General Instruction
		(including posture, lead, unison, technique, and etiquette)
	3. Dance Positions
	4. Dance Steps
	5. Dance Turns
	6. Beginning Dances---Preliminary and Bronze
		(Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango, Swing Dance, Fiesta Tango,
		Willow Waltz, Ten-Fox)
	7. Intermediate Dances---Presilver and Silver
		(Fourteenstep, European Waltz, Foxtrot, American Waltz,
		Tango, Rocker Foxtrot)
	8. Advanced Dances---Pregold and Gold
		(Killian, Blues, Paso Doble, Three-lobe Waltz, Viennese Waltz,
		Westminster Waltz, Quickstep, Argentine Tango)
	9. International Dances
		(Starlight Waltz, Rhumba, Ravensburger Waltz)

	[jeff@jpl.nasa.gov (Jeff Goldsmith)]
	This is a complete text on ice dancing.  It is remarkably technical
	and covers each dance in great detail, including introductory steps,
	comments to the man, comments to the woman, and comments to the
	couple.

	For example, comments to the man about the Willow Waltz include:

	    At step 17 the man has a strong tendency to anticipate
	    stepping forward by allowing his left shoulder to rotate
	    counter-clockwise.  To correct this tendency, skate step 17
	    with the right shoulder leading slightly on the circle.
	    Also, the right backward inside edge, step 17, should be
	    skated as a fairly deep edge toward the side barrier.
	    Skaters commonly flatten this edge by skating it straight
	    toward the end barrier of the arena.

	Each dance has about five-ten pages of text, full of densely packed
	information of this sort, plus a page of introductory steps and a
	page for the diagram.  Over two-thirds of the book is comments and
	instruction about individual dances; the first 84 pages is mostly
	pictures and descriptions of each step, common errors, and ways to 
	try to correct those errors.


    Creative Ice Skating: Ice Dancing, Freestyle, and Pair Skating
    Frances Dorsey and Wendy Williams
    Contemporary Books, Chicago - 1980
    86 pages

	[Jennifer Kretschmer <jkretsch@trumpet.aix.calpoly.edu>]
	This isn't the greatest book in the world, by they do try to
	diagram how some of the jumps go.  They also have some beginning
	and intermediate routines choreographed and diagramed.

	[ Most books have nothing concrete about programs, assuming that's
	  something that the instructor and student will work out. ]


    Skating: Elegance on Ice
    Howard Bass
    Chartwell Books, NJ - 1980
    Hardcover, 96 pages
    ISBN 0-89009-341-5

	1. Yesteryears
	2. New Ice Age
	3. Figures
	4. Team Work
	5. Artistic Presentation
	6. Pair Skaters
	7. Ice Dancers
	8. Olympics
	9. Theatre on Ice
	10. Medalists

	This book provides a general history of skating, with color
	illustrations of more recent events/stars.  While this crop of
	skaters is mostly retired, it's interesting to see pictures of
	some of the current commentators and public figures in earlier
	phases of their careers.


    The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ice Skating
    Mark Heller
    Paddigton Press/Grosset & Dunlap - 1979
    Hardcover, 220 pages
    ISBN 0-448-22427-5

	While somewhat dated, this book provides a reasonably complete
	general overview of all aspects of ice skating.  Of special
	interest are the section on non-hockey skating games, a list of
	world/Olympic (but not US national) champions, and a tri-lingual
	glossary of skating terms.


    Figure Skating
    Dianne Deleeuw with Steve Lehrman
    Athenum, NY, 1978
    Hardcover, 168 Pages, $8.95
    ISBN 0-689-10820-6

	This book provides a good introduction to basic skating skills
	including figures and freestyle.  It is a bit more comprehensive
	than Ogilvie's book, but lacks the simple step-by-step lesson
	outline.


    Enjoying skating
    the Diagram Group
    Paddington Press/Grosset & Dunlap, New York - 1978
    Trade Paperback, 160 pages

	1. Introduction
	2. Figure Skating
	3. Figure Skating on Rollers
	4. Speed Skating
	5. Games on Skates
	6. Skateboarding
	7. Fitness on Skates

	I mention this book only because it's one of the few currently in print.
	Apparently it's one of a series of sports books by the Diagram Group,
	which uses little schematic figures to illustrate the action involved.
	While the book covers Roller Skating, Ice Skating and Hockey, and isn't
	actively bad, I didn't find it at all useful.


    Singles Figure Skating (for Beginners and Champions)
    Dr. Josef Dedic
    ISU/Olympia, Prague - 1974
    Hardcover, 240 pages

	[ Sandra Loosemore <loosemore-sandra@cs.yale.edu> ]
	This is an ISU sponsored book written by a Dr. J. Dedic, who was a
	Czech judge.  It was published in 1973 and therefore has a lot of
	stuff about compulsory figures, but otherwise it's quite similar in
	content and format to the Petkevitch book.  There are stop-frame
	picture sequences of everything (including Gordie McKellan doing a
	triple axel), and Dedic makes many of the same points about the true
	rotations of various jumps, and such like.  The book also includes
	some interesting historical material about the development of modern
	jumping technique around the time of WWII, and comparisons of pre-war
	and post-war skating styles.  He also lists the technical elements
	from some championship programs in the early 1970s, which you can
	compare to what you see today.

	[ jeff@jpl.nasa.gov ]
	I have a copy of the Dedic book and have read it.  It's not too
	bad, all in all, but the English is a little hard to read and it
	goes into minor technical physics details for no good reason, which
	will scare away most skaters.  I don't remember if I learned anything
	from it.  If you'd like a full review, I suppose I can reread it
	sometime.



    Basic Ice Skating Skills
    Robert Ogilvie
    USFSA/Lippencott, 1968
    Hardcover/Trade Paperback, 176 page
    ISBN 0-397-00518-0 (Hardcover)
	 0-397-00519-9 (Paperback)
    [ may be available through USFSA ]

	I. Before You Skate
	  1. Preliminary Questions
	  2. Equipment
	II. Fundamentals
	  3. First Objectives
	  4. You Learn to Stroke
	  5. A Turn and a Curve on wo Feet
	  6. Basic Stops and Terminology
	  7. Key Positions; Forward Edges and Crossovers
	  8. A Three Turn and a Mohawk
	  9. Consecutive Forward Edges
	  10. The Waltz Three and Drop Mohawk
	  11. Back Outside Edges and a Change of Edge
	III. Basic Free Style
	  13. A Spin, a Jump, and a Spiral
	  14. Fast Drop Mohawk and Waltz Jump
	  15. Toe Loop Jump, Inside Pivot, and Outside Spiral
	  16. Mazurka and Salchow
	  17. One-foot Spin, Back Outside Pivot, and Step
	  18. Loop Jump, back Inside Pivot, and Step
	IV. Basic Dance Movements
	  19. Forward Outside Swing Rolls, Chasse and Progressive
	  20. Slide Chasse, Back Outside Swing Rolls, Cross Roll
	  21. Back Chasse and Progressive, Closed Drop Mohawk
	  22. Open and Closed Mohawks; Dance Positions
	  23. Three Dances
	V. A Basic Figure
	  24. how to skate a Figure Eight

	This book address a more basic level than the Petkevich book and
	can be used as either an "about skating" book or as a progressive
	lesson guide for the USFSA or ISIA basic skating test programs.

	The book limits itself to the moves that the skater is likely to
	learn without extensive coaching.  It includes a fair amount of
	material on the moves needed for dance.


    Skating For Beginners
    Barbara Ann Scott and Michael Kirby
    Knopf, NY - 1953
    Hardcover, 156 pages

    Skate with Me
    Barbara Ann Scott
    Doubleday & Company Inc, NY - 1950
    Hardcover, 159 pages

    Primer of Figure Skating
    Maribel Y. Vinson
    McGraw-Hill/Whittlesey House - 1938
    Hardcover, 182 pages

    Advanced Figure Skating
    Maribel Y. Vinson 
    McGraw-Hill/Whittlesey House - 1940

    The Fun of Figure Skating
    Maribel Vinson Owen
    Harper & Row, NY - 1960
    Hardcover, 168 pages

    Instant Skating
    Dick Button
    Grosset & Dunlap, NY - 1964
    Trade Paperback, 64 pages, $1.95
    
	I'll mention these books briefly, since they are "classics" and seem
	to pop up regularly in small libraries and used bookstores.  They're
	actually reasonably good books, the problem is that they don't really
	contain anything not found in newer books, the illustrations are
	marginal or absurdly dated, and mentions of "contemporary" skaters,
	events and styles are largely irrelevant.  There also exists a
	primarily auto-biograhphical work by Dick Button, but other than
	pictures of a younger, handsome looking follow, this contains little
	of current value.


    The Art of Skating
    Irving Brokaw
    Spalding/Scribners, NY - 1910, 1928
    Hardcover/Paperback

	[ Sandra Loosemore <loosemore-sandra@cs.yale.edu> ]
	This is one of Spalding's old "Athletic Handbooks" series and appears
	to be a slight revision of a book originally published in 1910.  Most
	of the pictures certainly date from the pre-WWI era, anyway.  (There
	is a picture of Ulrich Salchow doing figures while nattily attired
	in checkered knickers, and various ladies skating very sedately in
	corsets, long skirts, and large hats, with the illuminating comment
	that "no woman can skate in a hobble skirt".)  It talks about free
	skating mostly in terms of making tracings of intricate figures on the
	ice and has very little to say about jumps and spins.  The book is no
	doubt totally worthless as a technical reference, but it does have
	some entertainment value.


    Skateology
    Sidney Broadbent
    Privately Published

	[danielg551@aol.com (DanielG551)]
	The definitive resource on ice blade design is a manual called
	Skateology, written by Sidney Broadbent. (He also engineers and
	markets advanced blade-sharpening machines.)

	The manual may be purchased via mail order from Rainbo Sports, or
	by contacting Broadbent directly:

		Sidney Broadbent
		Ice Skate Conditioning Equipment Co.
		5265 W. Quarles Dr.
		Littleton, CO 80123


Platoro Press Books

    Platoro press press is a small press that seems to be specializing
    mostly in reprints ice skating books, including works translated from
    Russian.  The also sell videos, photographs and the infamous Skate
    Spinner.  Be warned that some of their publications are re-prints of
    dated material, which may be more useful from a historical perspective
    than for instructional purposes.

    The following material is from their current (10/94) advertisment.  They
    do not accept credit cards, just US bank personal checks, international
    money orders and AMEX Travellers Checks.  Prices do include postage and
    multi-book discount are availalable


	Platoro Press
	4481 Floyd Drive
	Columbus, OH  43232
	614-837-0003 (leave message)

    Figure Skating History: The Evolution of Dance on Ice; Lynn C. Graves; $35
      o 415 8-1/2 x 11 pages, 16-page color insert
      o Complete history - Olympics, Worlds, Nationals, results
      o Hundreds of photos, illustrations, with anecdotes, controversy
      o To date sold in 18 countries - a must have book
	[ reviewed above...]

    Ice Skating Fundamentals; Marilyn Grace House; $25
      o Illustrations, photos, basics for learners

    Get the Edge: Sport Psychology for Figure Skaters; $30
      o Set goals, control nerves, self-arouse, relax, image
      o Used by skaters, coaches, parents - it works!

    How Sport Psychology Can Make You a Champion; $18
      o Think like a champion - overcome mental mistakes
      o Turn stress into strength - psych up, not out

    Symphony on Ice: The Protopopovs; A. Shelukhin; $12
      o First Russian Olympic Pair Champions - how they trained
      o Philosophy of innovation with 33 photos

    Key to Rythmic Ice Dancing; Muriel Kay; $20
      o Lessons on 21 compulsory dances - in-depth analysis
      o Basics and higher skills in one book

    Origins of Ice Dance Music; Muriel Kay; $12
      o Roots of 11 rhythms used in ice dancing
      o Essential for coaches, skaters, judges

    Complete Manual of Ice Dance Patterns; Jeff Lerner; $35
      o 400+ pages, 152 huge, easy-to-read patterns
      o Ideas for free, pairs footwork, ice show dances for groups
	[ reviewed above...]

    Secrets of Soviet Skaters: Off-Ice Training Methods; T Moskvina (upcoming)

    Figure Skating: The Pages of History; R. Chubrik (upcoming)

    Patterns of Russian Ice Dance; Y. Tchaikovskaya (upcoming)



Biographical Works of Interest:

    Full Circle: an autobiography
    Dan Jansen with Jack McCallum
    Villiard/Random House, NY - 1994
    Hardcover, 215 pages, $21.50
    ISBN 0-679-43801-7

	This is an autobiography of Dan Jansen which covers his ice speed
	skating career in some detail, including both his early olympic
	dissapointments and recent success.


    Torvill and Dean: Fire on Ice
    Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean with Neil Wilson
    Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London - 1994
    Hardcover, ? pages, Cdn$24.95
    ISBN 0-297-83415-0

	Karen Duncan <kduncan@cc.umanitoba.ca>
	Much to my surprise, I found a new ice skating book yesterday
	and thought others here might be interested.  It's a coffee table
	book on and by T&D covering their career from 1975 through the
	1994 Olympics.  There isn't very much text but there are *lots*
	of glossy pictures.


    Kurt: Forcing the Edge
    Kurt Browning with Neil Stevens
    Harper-Collins, Toronto - 1991
    Hardcover, 195 pages

	Kurt Browning is a prominent contemporary Canadian figure skater.


    Thumbs Up!  The Elizabeth Manley Story
    Elizabeth Manley With Elva Clairmont Oglanby
    McMillan-Canada, Toronto - 1990
    Hardcover, 224 pages

	Liz Manley is a prominent contemporary Canadian figure skater.


    Orser: A Skaters Life
    Brian Orser with Steve Milton
    Key-Porter, Toronto - 1988
    Hardcover, 214 pages

	Brian Orser is a prominent contemporary Canadian figure skater.


    Queen of Ice, Queen of Shadows: the Unsuspected life of Sonja Henie
    Raymond Strait
    Stein & Day, NY - 1985
    Hardcover, 339 pages

	This book attempts a independent retrospective of Sonja Henie's
	skating and entertainment career.  it's been a while since I
	scanned a copy, but the points of controversy seemed to be Henie's
	domination of the pre-war ice skating scene and her unfortunate
	flirtation with Hitler's Aryan "racial superiority" propaganda
	machine.


    Scott Hamilton, A behind the Scenes Look at the Life and Competitive Times
	    of America's Favorite Figure Skater - an Unauthorized Biography
    Micheal Steere
    St. Martins, NY - 1985
    Hardcover, 347 pages, $17.95
    ISBN 0-312-70449-6

	This book seems to be more in the line of a journalist trying to
	write a celebrity/sports figure biography about a local figure
	than a biography of a skater.  There is much ado about Scott's
	personal problems and tribulations, but overall the work seems
	trivial and doesn't give any particular insight into either the
	subject or the world of skating, not to mention that a lot has
	happened with Scott in the last ten years...


    Skating for Gold: the Intimate Life Story of Scott Hamilton
    Michael Steere
    St. Martin's Press, New York - 1984
    Hardcover?

	I have no idea how this relates to Steere's other book on Scott Hamilton
	also published by St. Martin's just a year later...


    Torvill and Dean
    Jayne Torvill with John Hennessy
    St. Martins, New York - 1983
    Hardcover, 208 pages

	Jayne Torvill and Chris Dean are one of the best known English
	ice dance teams.  They added a new element of showmanship and drama
	to the event and broke a 12-year domination by classical ballet
	oriented USSR teams.

    
    John Curry
    Keith Money
    Alfred A. Knopf, NY - 1978
    Hardcover, 224 pages, $17.50
    ISBN 0-394-50134-9
    [ also a prior UK edition ]

	The first third of this book is an illustrated skating and personal
	autobiography of John Curry up through his last amateur season, the
	remainder is a narrative and photo essay on his "Theater of Skating".
	The autobiography is frank, and while not overly detailed gives
	good insight into the thoughts and concerns of a top level skater.

	The second part is unique to any skating book - it details the
	ideas behind Curry's "Theater of Skating", an attempt to form a
	new systhesis of theater, dance and skating, and the photo essay
	provides a detailed pictorial study of an individual skater.
	While there no forced attempt to capture motion, there are often
	several related shots intended to show a sequence or alternative
	presentation of a move or concept.

 	While it's not clear whether you would want to consider the images
	art per se, they certainly transcend any common notion of photo-
	journalism.  See also Money's book on Nureyev & Fonteyn for more
	in this line.


    Natalie Dunn: World Roller Skating Champion
    Gloria D. Miklowitz
    Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York - 1979
    Hardcover, 147 pages

	A biography of a three-time world champion roller skater who
	began skating at the age of two and competing at six.  Teen
	or juvenile oriented.

	[ litlnemo@slumberland.com (Wendi Dunlap) ]
	It is definitely youth-oriented, but has a lot of photos of
	Natalie's career and of specific skating moves so it is worth
	looking at.


    On Thin Ice
    Henry Jelinek Jr. and Ann Pinchot
    Prentice-Hall, NJ - 1965
    Hardcover, 169 pages

	The Jelineks were a Czech family who emigrated from just pre-war
	Czechoslovkia to Canada.  Otto and Marie Jelinek skated competitively
	for Canada and went on to win the World's Pairs title in Prague in
	1962.  This book probably covers their skating career with attention
	to the questionable reception the expatriates might receive in cold
	war era Czechoslovkia.


    Skate with Me
    Barbara Ann Scott
    Doubleday & Company Inc, NY - 1950
    Hardcover, 159 pages

	The first two-thirds of this book combines an autobiography of
	Barbara Ann Scott with general skating advice and opinions.  The
	remainder is a brief introduction to figures and a few words about
	free skating.  The biographical material is clearly written with
	the edification of young skaters in mind, but still contains enough
	meat to be of interest to the adult reader.  The problem is that
	this book was written in 1950 to cover the previous decade, making
	the references and some of the attitudes expressed a bit dated.


    Dick Button on Skates
    Dick Button
    Prentice-Hall, NJ - 1955
    Hardcover, 217 pages, $3.95

	[ Sandra Loosemore <loosemore-sandra@cs.yale.edu> ]
	This is a gossipy autobiography which covers Button's years as a
	competitive skater.  It includes a few chapters where Button argues
	for decreasing emphasis on compulsory figures, reducing excessive
	restrictions on amateur status, and making judges more accountable
	for their decisions - all of which have happened in the years since
	he wrote the book.  The book also contains some material about skating
	technique that's mostly of interest for historical perspective.  


    Wings on My Feet
    Sonja Henie
    Prentice-Hall, NJ - 1940
    Hardcover, 177 pages

	This is Henie's autobiography, written several years after she
	had retired from amateur skating in favor of a show skating and
	movie career.  See the 1985 Strait biography for a more complete
	career picture.



Irrelevant non-skating Books:

    How to play the piano, despite years of lessons;
	What music is and how to make it at home
    Ward Cannel and Fred Marx
    Crown & Bridge, NJ - 1976
    Trade Paperback, 240 pages, $17.95
    ISBN 0-385-14263-3 (trade) 0-385-14262-5 (hardcover)

	There are a vast number of books that purport to teach you how to
	make music or play the xyz, but this one seems to combine a clear,
	refreshing approach to the basics with a considerable level of
	detail and insite into the practicalities of performance/perception.
	Note that the primary thrust of the book is to explain to keyboard
	players how to generate accompaniment to basic tunes, but in so
	doing, it also manages to expose the various layers and skeletons
	beneath the music as commonly performed.

	I'm not going to suggest that a little bit of music theory is good
	for everyone, but while some folks "got rhythm" the rest of us
	have to work at it.  In particular, if you get into Ice or Roller
	Dance it will be to your advantage to understand the underlying
	order in the music and how to extract your timing and expression
	cues from the beat - especially in more complex orchestrated works
	where the basic Om-pah-pah takes an ocasional vacation.
    

    How To Dance Forever - Surviving Against the Odds
    Daniel Nagrin
    William Morrow and Co, New York, 1988
    Trade Paperback, 367 pages, $14.95
    ISBN 0-688-07479-0

	I. The Dancers Day
	II. Diet
	III. Danger
	IV. Healers and Treatments
	V. Questions Asking to be Researched
	VI. The Heart-Mind of the Dancer
	VII. Tricks
	VIII. The Survivors Speak
	IX. The Youth Conspiracy
	X. More

	This is a book about life and health for the performance dancer
	that has quite a bit to say that applies directly to either the
	adult skater that has skating as being a secondary activity or
	to the skater considering a career.  The focus is on maximizing
	the life-time value of your skating career - using your body
	safely and wisely, and getting the best return on your investment
	of time and risk.

	The attitude is refereshing but thoughtful, for example a section
	title "who am I, and how do I get off writing this book" explains
	just that.  The approach is generally inquiring and holistic, not
	in the sense of pressing crank solutions, but rather raising key
	questions, discussing some of the alternatives and pointing out
	where there is conflicting opinion, answers that have changed over
	time or a need for research.

   
    The Magic of Dance
    Margot Fonteyn
    Knopf, New York, 1979
    Hardcover, 326 pages
    ISBN 0-394-50778-9

	Dance Magical
	Dance Universal
	Dance Experimental
	Dance Imperial
	Dance Aerial
	Dance Mythological
	Dance Traditional

	This book provides an execellent overview of performance dance -
	ballet, modern, etc. - from a reasonably contemporary perspective.
	I found the first sections most interesting - Dance Universal and
	Dance Experimental, in that they provide a framework to understand
	the importance and roles of dancers and concepts that I'd heard
	of but, really couldn't really place in any useful context.

	Even though not intended as a "coffe table" book, some of the
	photography reproduced is awesome, artistically speaking, elsewhere
	it provides documentary images that help fix persons, constumes and
	dance positions in context.  It also provides precedent for the
	various aspects of that have wandered over in to skating, be it
	the Oksana's Swan Lake headdress or Curry's faun costume.


    Dance With the Music: The World of the Ballet Musician
    Elizabeth Sawyer
    Cambridge University Press, New York, 1985
    Trade Paperback, 364 Pages
    ISBN 0-521-31925-0

	I. The Art: Perspectives
	  1. Introduction: the situation
	  2. The relationship of movement and music
	  3. Music for ballet: stepchild, despot or helpmeet?
	II. The Practice: In the Studio
	  4. The contribution of the accompanist
	  5. Teachers and schools
	  6. Selection of music 1 - Theoretical: rhythm
	  7. Selection of music 2 - Esthetic: style and quality
	  8. Selection of music 3 - Practical: three combinations
	  9. Performance: musician and dancer
	  10. Improvisation 1 - Some basic principles
	  11. Improvisatoin 2 - Renaissance-rock excursion
	  12. Rehearsal and real life
	Appendix A. The dancers impediment:
			An excercise in imagination for the musician
	Appendix B. Books particularly recommended

	Whether you consider skating a degeneate form of Dance, with
	a limited vocabulary of demanding words, or a form of athletic
	motion, conveniently paced via music, it's hard to deny some
	relation to dance and musical accompaniment.  This book is
	written from the perspective of a musician who provides live
	"music on demand" for ballet classes, practice and rehersals,
	the object being to provide a rhythm, melodey and mood to
	enable the dancers to implement the instructors excercises
	or directions.

	Reading this book is a bit like eavedropping on a conversation
	that might be about you, at times it all seems unlikely and your
	attention wanders, at others you're jerked back by some reference
	or common context.  The detachment from ballet per se manages to
	avoid an direct concentration on Dance and making it easier to
	consider the concepts as they might also apply to skating.  An
	example - attributed to Fokine: "Ballet should be expressive
	rather than exhibitionistic, with music integral to its organic
	unity" - surely this esthetic has dread application to skating.


    The Pointe Book - Success through Technique
    Janice Barringer
    Princeton Books, New Jersey, 1990
    Trade Paperback, 193 pages, $16.95
    ISBN 0-87127-150-8

	While we usually associate "Ballet" with images of ballarinas in
	tutus, prancing or spinning on their toes, tutus are now period
	costumes and toe or pointe work is only a small but visible part of
	the overall art.  By focusing on this limited area, this book
	threatens an inversion of priorities or such specialization that it
	might offer little to the skater.  On the contrary, it points out
	the need for more contemporary technical literature on the equipment
	and training aspects of skating.
	
	I find some interesting parallels in that this form of dance requires
	specialized, even custom shoes, which require breaking in, sometimes
	modification, have a finite lifetime and while providing necessary
	support, fall short of protecting the foot from injury.  Also, the
	pointe work often takes the form form of short, higher energy output
	"programs" within the overall presentation.

	The first part of the book covers the anatomy of the foot and how the
	pointe shoe works with the foot to allow relatively safe, extended
	dancing on the toes.  There's some discussion of shoe construction,
	manufacturers and how the dancer customizes their shoes during the
	break-in process.  Other chapters deal with training, foot injuries
	and fitness, followed by some brief commentary from dancers about
	their own shoe preferences and techniques.
    

    The Dancers Body Book
    Allegra Kent with J & C Cammer
    Quill/Morrow, New York, 1984
    Trade Paperback, 220 pages, $12.00
    ISBN 0688-01539-5

	This book deals with physical fitness, primarily for professional
	or would-be professional ballet dancers.  A large part of the book
	focuses on dieting, a controversial neccesity to maintain the body
	contours required for preformance dance, but the presentation is
	fairly comprehensive with attention to nutrition, fitness and dietary
	disicpline, not simply calorie counting and starvation.

	The remainder of the book address broader issues of fitness and
	excercise and the treatment of and recovery from injuries in an
	enviroment that requires maintaining fitness and activity during
	the recovery period.


    The Complete Guide to Disco Dancing
    Karen Lustgarten
    Warner Books, New York, 1978
    Trade Paperback, 127 pages, $4.95
    ISBN 0-446-87943-6
    [ out of print ]

	Disco dance is a fad that intersected with roller skating back in
	the late 70's and early 80's and has never quite gone away, since
	"dance" music, with a clearly defined beat, be it march, ballroom
	or disco fuels public skating sessions everywhere.  This book is
	clearly written, comprehensive and well illustrated.  The approach
	is a progressive, step-by-step learn and learn by doing.  Companion
	books deal with slow/ballroom dance and aerobic/excercise dance.


    The Official Guide to Disco Steps
    Jack Villari and Kathleen Sims Villari
    Chartwell Books, New Jersey - 1978
    Hardcover, 115 pages
    ISBN 0-89009-259-1
    [ out of print ]

	This book covers similar territory to the Lustgarten book, but with a
	more detailed and analytical approach.  Particularly interesting to
	the skater are the chapters on isolations, excercises and basic steps.


    Night Dancin'
    Vita Miezitis and Bill Bernstein
    Ballantine Books, New York - 1980
    Trade Paperback, 220 pages, $9.95
    ISBN 0-345-28649-9

	A strange excercise in urban archeology, this book is a contemporary
	exploration of New York's trendy disco's at the peak of the disco era.
	Nominally a guidebook, it dips fairly deeply into the journalistic
	mode, asking why a club is there, who goes, why and what they like -
	in effect becoming a documentary of a bygone era.
	
	Byegone in the sense that of 30 clubs detailed only a few are more
	than memories, and those are the ones that weren't just "discos" -
	The Cotton Club, The Roseland Ballroom and the Empire Roller Disco,
	for example.

	The latter is really what get the book in here - there's about
	11 pages of text and pictures of the roller disco scene at the
	Empire and Metropolis clubs, mostly individual/small group shots
	of just-us-folks.


    A Social History of the Bicycle
    Robert A. Smith
    American Heritage Press/McGraw-Hill, NY - 1972
    Hardcover, 269 pages
    ISBN 0-70-058457-6
    [ try a city/university library ]

	While one often assumes that in-line skaters have a basic right
	to share the road with other users, this book details the battle
	that early cyclists had earn a place on the roads of the day and
	the role that their political action group (League of American
	Wheelman) played in sponsoring road improvements, bike paths and
	mapping.  While the first cycle boom was largely subsumed by the
	advent of the trolley car and then the personal automobile, latter
	cycling and road skating booms took advantage of the foundations
	laid in this earlier era.  Also notable are perspectives on thes
	boom/bust cycles in popular athletic/health/transportation fads
	and the roles played by promoters, manufacturers, and racing/record
	setting professionals.  Another area deals with the propriety and
	physical abilitles of woman cyclist and with the clothing, equipment
	compromises and social adaptations entailed.


    Mental Toughness Training For Sports: Achieving Athletic Excellence
    James E. Loehr
    Penguin/Plume Books - 1986
    Trade Paperback, 190 pages, $11.00.
    ISBN-0-452-26795-1

	[Jane Harrison <harrison@mcz.harvard.edu>]
	I am applying [this book] to my career as a professional musician,
	since we experience the same sorts of "performance anxieties" as
	athletes and though I am not a competitive skater, I know lots of
	you are and might find this book helpful for keeping cool under
	pressure.

	I'm only halfway through it at the moment, but it seems to really
	have some good techniques for keeping your energy "positive" rather
	than "negative" when you are performing.


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