The wait is over! "Technical Merit: A History of Figure Skating Jumps" and "A Bibliography of Figure Skating" are now on sale via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and select booksellers in paperback, hard cover and Kindle E-Book editions. If you've enjoyed reading the blog over the last ten years, I really think you're going to love both of these books!
TECHNICAL MERIT: A HISTORY OF FIGURE SKATING JUMPS
"Technical Merit: A History of Figure Skating Jumps" chronicles the history and evolution of figure skating jumps from a historical perspective, with chapters on the waltz jump, toe-loop, Salchow, loop, flip, Lutz, Axel, backflips and pairs throws, side-by-side jumps and twist lifts. 1962 World Champion Donald Jackson, the first skater to land a triple Lutz in competition, has so kindly written the foreword to this book.
What this book is: A chapter-by-chapter deep dive into the history of figure skating jumps, from a historian's perspective - the who, what, when, where and why.
What this book is not: The how. If you are looking for a book that explores physics or jump technique from a coach or technical specialist's perspective or a book that extensively covers the impact of changes in boot and blade design, that is not what this is.
Paperback: $24.99 CAD (Free 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members)
Hard Cover: $38.02 CAD (Free 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members, with a lead time of up to 2 weeks)
Kindle E-Book: $7.99 CAD (free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers)
A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF FIGURE SKATING
"A Bibliography of Figure Skating" is the ultimate guide to reading about skating. This reference book catalogues non-fiction figure skating books and periodicals dating back to the late 19th Century, with helpful tips on tracking down hard-to-find skating literature. If you ever wonder how I do my research for my blog, want to grow your skating library or learn more about your favourite skaters, this book will prove to be a wonderful resource for you.
What this book is: A meticulous catalogue of hundreds of skating books and periodicals - many of which you may not be familiar with.
What this book is not: A chapter-by-chapter read or a collection of book reviews.
Paperback: $19.99 CAD (Free 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members)
Hard Cover: $32.17 CAD (Free 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members, with a lead time of up to 2 weeks)
Kindle E-Book: $7.29 CAD (free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers)
Nothing would make me happier than getting these books into the hands of more people... and there are two super easy ways you can help:
- Pop into your local library and suggest they add these books to their collections or visit their website and fill in a 'Suggest a Book' or 'Recommend a Purchase' form.
- Head over to Amazon and/or Goodreads and leave honest reviews for these books or "The Almanac of Canadian Figure Skating".
Thank you so much for your support and I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I loved creating them!
Skate Guard is a blog dedicated to preserving the rich, colourful and fascinating history of figure skating. Over ten years, the blog has featured over a thousand free articles covering all aspects of the sport's history, as well as four compelling in-depth features. To read the latest articles, follow the blog on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. If you enjoy Skate Guard, please show your support for this archive by ordering a copy of figure skating reference books "The Almanac of Canadian Figure Skating", "Technical Merit: A History of Figure Skating Jumps" and "A Bibliography of Figure Skating": https://skateguard1.blogspot.com/p/buy-book.html.