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icesk8r
11-20-2011, 09:01 PM
Lucinda Ruh has written a book, "Frozen Teardrop," about her life and skating experiences. It came out this month. My copy arrived yesterday and I am looking forward to reading it and seeing what she has to say, in her own words.

Anyone read it yet? Comments? Reviews?

aftershocks
11-20-2011, 09:43 PM
Sounds interesting -- maybe she will spill some secrets about her fabulous pancake spin.

I heard she had a book coming out, but I don't have a copy. I wonder re the title. Maybe you could let us know your thoughts when you've finished reading it, and explain the title.

manleywoman
12-01-2011, 06:32 AM
I just wrote a review (http://www.manleywoman.com/book-review-lucinda-ruhs-frozen-teardrop/) on my website tonight. She sent me an advance copy in preparation for my podcast interview. I've been getting a lot of books sent to me for review since I've been doing the skatecasts, and I thought it was about time I started reviewing them, so I started with hers.

In short: I highly recommend it. :) It's a shocking book in many ways.

essence_of_soy
12-01-2011, 10:48 AM
Excellent book review, manleywoman. Your writing is as excellent as your podcasts.

Regarding the Japanese training system, I've heard from several inside sources, that a well known champion was often subjected to 12 hour training days on the ice, and not allowed to leave until she'd done what was asked of her. Refusal meant that same skater was sometimes hit.

manleywoman
12-01-2011, 05:55 PM
^ I know, ugh. The conditions she described in Japan (and living conditions in China) are crazy. Makes our US skaters look like wimps because of the luxuries we have.

(And thanks for the compliment :))

smarts1
12-01-2011, 07:29 PM
^ Wasn't Midori Ito hit after performing an amazing LP at Junior Worlds (I think in 1982?)by Yamada?

icesk8r
12-01-2011, 10:34 PM
I just finished the book. Wow. I had known the main events in her life but not the details. The details were hard to read. I've known Lucinda for years and was disappointed and/or shocked at many of the situations and events described in the book. She is a strong woman and I'm glad she seems to now be at peace with everything that has happened in her life. Praying that she will continue to heal physically in the years to come.

I also highly recommend this book.

Vash01
12-02-2011, 12:21 AM
Is the book written in English?

Sylvia
12-02-2011, 12:40 AM
Is the book written in English?
No, just the title. ;)

From manleywoman's review (link posted above): http://www.manleywoman.com/book-review-lucinda-ruhs-frozen-teardrop/

All the more remarkable is that while English isn’t her first language, the book is almost perfectly written in English with only a very few odd phrases or grammatical errors scattered throughout. In the past when budgets in the publishing industry were larger, I’d assume a proofreader was involved. But these days you can never be assured of that. After speaking with her on the phone, her command of the English language made me think that she did it all herself. I just respect her more and more!

hanca
12-02-2011, 09:40 PM
I am reading it just now and I am really enjoying the book. It is very informative about the training conditions in different countries. I like that it is not the 'typical' story of a champion, (like there is several of them and they all seem to be somehow same). This one is different - maybe because her story is completely different. I don't want to give too many details so that I don't spoil it for you, but when you read it, you will know what I mean! :)

TwizzlerS
12-03-2011, 03:09 AM
I put this on my Amazon wishlist.

Ice Queen
12-03-2011, 02:05 PM
manleywoman, thank you very much for your wonderful review of this book. I've always admired Lucinda's skating, so this is a must read for me.

hanca
12-03-2011, 03:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Ikxi6Zx4A

Pity she doesn't skate in the IJS.

kwanette
12-03-2011, 03:23 PM
I just wrote a review (http://www.manleywoman.com/book-review-lucinda-ruhs-frozen-teardrop/) on my website tonight. She sent me an advance copy in preparation for my podcast interview. I've been getting a lot of books sent to me for review since I've been doing the skatecasts, and I thought it was about time I started reviewing them, so I started with hers.

In short: I highly recommend it. :) It's a shocking book in many ways.

Wonderful review. I'm aghast at some of the details of which you have written.

skatesindreams
12-03-2011, 05:52 PM
Here's an article - from Feb. 2011:

Skating Royalty: 'Queen of Spin' Lucinda Ruh
http://www.greenwichcitizen.com/news/article/Skating-Royalty-Queen-of-Spin-Lucinda-Ruh-1026804.php#page-1