A copy of Pj Kwong’s newly released publication “Taking the Ice” arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago.
I thought I would read a few pages to get a feel for what it was about, but before I knew it a couple of hours had passed, and I was deep into the book.
Composed of short stories and anecdotes, both light-hearted and serious, Kwong gets up close and personal with her subjects.
The interviews span six decades of Canadian skating history. They includes such luminaries as Barbara Ann Scott, Donald Jackson, Brian Orser, Elizabeth Manley, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, Patrick Chan and Joannie Rochette, to name just a few.
Kwong also interviewed some of the nation’s top coaches and choreographers, both past and present, and revisits some memorable events in skating history, such as the 2002 Olympic Winter Games scandal.
The uniquely personal interviews offer an insight into the thoughts and reflections of some of Canada’s skating heroes.
Kwong’s charming ability to get people to talk about themselves personally makes for a great read.
With those cold winter evenings about to descend upon us, this is the ideal book for skating fans to curl up on the couch with. Highly recommended.
Originally published in December 2010