Called "the figure skater's bible" by Time Magazine, "The Art of Skating" by national figure skating champion and Olympic competitor Irving Brokaw traces the history and development of the sport from its beginnings in 1100 to the book's original publication in 1910. The book provides an expert's view, with chapters on skating history, skating implements, figure and free skating, proper form, and more.
Practical skating techniques and directions are defined and portrayed through numerous diagrams and over 100 black-and-white photographs of "skaters in action."
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Figure skater, artist, lawyer, and financier Irving Brokaw, born in New York City in 1871, competed in early U.S. national figure skating championships, winning events in 1906 and 1908. He was the first American to compete in skating at the Olympic Games, in 1908. Brokaw was the founder of the International Skating Club of America, was elected an honorary president of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, and was posthumously inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1976.