Book Review: Historical Dictionary of Figure Skating

Susan D. Russell
Historical Dictionary

FOR ALL THE TIMES when you can’t remember who won the 1980 olympic bronze medal in ice dance or any other interesting detail, a new resource has come onto the market.

James R. Hines’ “Historical Dictionary of Figure Skating” provides the most thoroughly researched chronology of the sport to date. This is not a book that is meant to be read cover-to-cover, although the nerd in me could probably spend a rainy day doing just that.

The textbook-like volume comes with a textbook-like price tag, but will no doubt be an essential investment for journalists, editors and researchers.

Friendly tip: at 400 pages, this is not a book that is easy to cart around, so if you want to own a copy consider purchasing an electronic edition. It is available for Kindle, Nook and Kobo.

Originally published in October 2011