Sasha Cohen: Fire on Ice (Revised Edition): Autobiography of a Champion Figure Skater (Anglais) Broché – 28 mars 2006
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen tells her story -- on and off the ice
champion figure skater Sasha Cohen captured the world's attention with her exquisite spiral and outstanding layback spin at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. In Torino, she reigned as the most intriguing contender in figure skating at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and triumphed with the silver medal. For the first time, Sasha tells her amazing story, in her own words, including:
Her discovery of ice skating at age 7 and the coaches who trained her
Her comeback from the injury that almost ended her career
The crushing lows and miracle wins
This is the official autobiography of the world's most captivating skater, on and off the ice.
Biographie de l'auteur
Sasha Cohen is an unbelievably charming, gifted skater, and she is the early favorite to win the Gold Medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. She placed fourth at the 2002 Games, and has since improved her skating, trained with new coaches, worked as a professional model, and taken the world by storm!
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Written as a first person narrative, the book is somewhat banal, at times, lacking any real depth or insight. Nevertheless, the book will hold the interest of those who are fans of Sasha Cohen, as well as those with an avid interest in figure skating. In her book, Sasha Cohen lets the reader know how it was that she became a skater. She discusses what she had to do to get to where she is today. She also includes a number of tantalizing tidbits about the skating world.
The book is peppered with many photographs of Sasha Cohen, in both black and white and color. This is definitely a book that her fans will enjoy, and it is a quick and easy read. It would make a lovely gift for a young girl or teenager with an interest in figure skating.
The book is interesting and well done. I recommend it for people of all ages and genders. It is inspirational, but is more of a "fairy tale" and "wishful" for those whose background is not so fortunate. It also gives insight to the cost of such an endeavor.
I believe Sasha is the most beautiful and vibrant skater I have ever seen skate. Even in real life and up close, such is the case. She made the winter olympics great! Truly Sasha is, as "New Yorker" put it, a "National Treasure." However, we are reviewing the book here, not Sasha.
While the book was interesting, it didn't feel very gritty or emotional. Sasha's career can pretty much be culminated as a big "what if". We never really see her mention what gets in her head that leads to her settling for any other place but first. While she is a strong short program skater, her long programs have always been her Achilles heel. She usually botches a jump which has cost her two Olympic Gold medals and two World Championship titles. We won't even mention the Nationals gold medals she let pass her by. She is my favorite figure skater of all time, but this book pretty much ignored the elephant in the room. Basically, it's nice back story, but superficial at best.
I did not watch Sasha when she was 17 years old and performing in the 2002 Olympic Games, but when I saw she was returning to the 2006 Games as a favorite to win the gold, I felt inclined to tune in. Sasha Cohen is far and away one of the most graceful and beautiful skaters I have ever come across, and it is genuinely a shame that things did not work out for her in Turin. I feel for her, because she is such a precise ice skater who clearly has all the necessary skills to be an Olympic gold medalist, but as we all know, you just never know what can happen out there. But this young lady coped with it about as well as anyone possibly could. She could have easily pouted and bawled her eyes out after winning the silver medal, but she kept that humble smile and classy attitude all the way through. And judging from everything I've heard about her very different attitude four years ago, I'd have to say that she has transformed into a true American--someone we can respect even more than a person who just sports a gold medal around their neck. So anyone who criticizes Sasha and focuses on the negativity should see that she is arguably one of the greatest class acts her sport has seen in this country.
I wish Sasha all the best in her future and hope that she will consider training for the 2010 Games. No matter what choice she makes, though, I hope people will remember her for the beautiful skater that she really is. Fans will enjoy reading this autobiography, although I do agree with another reviewer here in that it does lack depth and insight. It is clearly geared mostly for young kids, so of course Sasha is not going to go into great detail on most things. Yes, it's fluffy, but that clearly isn't what was intended to be written. We all know that there was more to her disappointing finish at the 2002 Olympics than just being "happy to have been there." We know she was more upset than that, but when you think about it this wasn't really the place for her to go into that. Not with a book geared for younger kids. Most teenage Olympic athletes write their autobiographies with a simple voice, not choosing to go too deep. The book does, however, help readers see how Cohen got started and evolved as an athlete, and with this newly revised edition it is a nice reminder of Sasha's Olympic success.