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Frozen Teardrop: The Tragedy and Triumph of Figure Skating's "Queen of Spin" Paperback – Mar 30 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Select Books; 1 edition (Aug. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792131
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #780,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 34 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but troubling May 31 2012
By bagelpuss - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully written memoir by one of my favorite skaters. It's full of thoughtful insight and wisdom about growing up in the world of competitive skating and all the dangers and privileges associated with it. Ruh has clearly learned from her struggles and has a lot of wisdom to impart, but I find myself agreeing with another reviewer that she also seems to cling to the illusion that to forgive means to forgo anger. She describes the pain and betrayal she feels from the many people who wronged her (including her mother), but never really gives herself permission to vent her anger. Although she has clearly taken the time to reflect on her experiences and learn from them, I have to wonder if she's still somewhat in denial.

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.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repression and denial. April 12 2012
By Nancy G - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very puzzled by the reviews of this book here. While she did lead a horrendous life offstage, and is honest about it, this book is full of moralising. It seems to be all about repressing any hint of anger, at all costs. It is full of denial.
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A startling page-turner Dec 4 2011
By K. Canaan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether you're familiar with the figure skating world or not, the stories and events detailed in this book will shock, sadden, and inspire you. Lucinda wrote this book herself and describes her life in great detail, taking you, the reader, through all the ups and downs with her. She takes a unique approach in which she names no names in the book (though if you're a big skating fan, you'll know who most of the people are that she refers to). From enduring physical and metal abuse and injuries to having a favorite coach taken away from her, there seems to be more tragedies in her life than triumphs, yet she keeps a positive outlook throughout the whole book and you come away feeling inspired and in awe. A definite must-read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumphant Success! Inspirational! Jan. 20 2012
By Gogoco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I received "Frozen Teardrop" I had no idea what a ride I was in for! This is an amazing chronicle of a very young and gifted dancer/figure skater who had to choose which path she would follow. She dedicated her life to figure skating, please note this is not a book for figure skating affectionados but a book for anyone looking to read a jaw dropping story of a girl who had MANY obstacles to overcome and tells her story in such a compelling way that you can't put her book down! Having a love of foreign cultures, I enjoyed her stories about her parents fascinating world journeys, how Lucinda experienced so many different cultures while she trained in France, Japan, Switzerland, China (especially China), Russia, Canada and the US. Her firsthand account of 9/11 was particularly moving, she was living in the epicenter of disaster. Her intimate recollection of the devastation that hit NY is an amazing report of what it felt like to live through such a tragic historic time. During her journey Lucinda suffered physical & mental abuse that would have rendered most people useless but in the end Lucinda has experienced more than anyone could have ever imagined and lives to tell us her amazing story! This is a trip well worth taking!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wordy and inconsistent March 11 2014
By Laura Lim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Shortly into reading it, I thought "she needs an editor". The book is very very wordy. And often to the point that she is trying SO HARD to make a point that isn't true. For example, she often goes on and on abt how much her mother loves her (r..yet also describes her mother as being verbally and physically abusive. .
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/!