Frozen Teardrop: The Tragedy and Triumph of Figure Skating's "Queen of Spin" Paperback – Mar 30 2012
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"Lucinda Ruh has skated the smallest perfect circles to create extraordinary spins but she lived the largest circles of life growing up. What an extraordinary story....Good for you Lucinda Ruh!" -Dick Button, Legendary Figure Skater
About the Author
One of the most gifted and revered figure-skaters of all time, Lucinda Ruh was twice named "Most Influential Person in the World of Figure-Skating" by International Figure-Skating Magazine and she remains the World Guinness record holder for the longest spin on ice. She is dubbed Queen of Spin and known as the fastest spinner on ice ever.
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That being said, this book is a must-read for serious skating fans and especially for fans of Ruh. There's much more here than just a description of a competitive career. I would also highly recommend this to all young female athletes, not just as a cautionary tale, but as a lesson to listen to your body and yourself first.
I don't understand how she can consider her mother so perfect and wonderful and free of all blame, when she was abusing her child emotionally and physically, and denying her illness to the extent that it was impossible for her to heal, for many years.
Does she really believe that everything was all her own fault, though she had started in figure skating at the age of four, and was rigidly controlled ever since?
I'm not saying that she shouldn't forgive, it's good that she did, but she seems to have taken all the blame on herself, and refuses to acknowledge any anger or negative emotions toward her abusive and controlling mother at any time.
Not only that, but she keeps telling the reader how to feel, or rather how not to feel. Telling us from the very start that we're not to feel any anger at any time towards anyone.
Expressing anger (without trying to hurt anyone) can be a good thing. You can become very depressed from repressed anger.
I'm not saying you shouldn't read this if you're interested in the inner world of figure skating. It gave me some interesting insights, and yes, it did make me angry, and I own that anger.
I'm glad she finally got well, and I hope she can stay well.
In addition, to the wordiness, there are many inconsistencies. She writes how she loves traveling the world and her family based their decisions on a :"love for adventure" (pg 12) yet she describes sadness when leaving a country (pg 127) and never feeling as if she belonged anywhere. There are also inconsistencies when she mentions her coaches (they start out great, but then turn mean), her weight (she wasn't skinny enough, but it was not an eating disorder), her loving/abusing family, and what nation she considers home.
I also found the tone to be whiny. She did experience much abuse. But that aside, everything else seems to be someone else's fault: the drs for mis diagnosing her, the judges for being biased, the skaters on tour for being cliquish, the agent for not visiting her, the Swiss skating federation for not truly accepting her, etc. !! I found the whining and false humility tiring/!