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What's Inside Cracked Ice: Figure Skating's Inner
Have you ever wondered:
- Who named the "kiss and cry"?
- Which judges have been sanctioned for bias
or poor judging? (And how many of these names can you recognize
from the ranks of judges or officials active today?)
- When and why were the compulsory figures
eliminated from competition?
- How was the short program born?
- How do ISU officials campaign amongst themselves?
- How did the ISU judges' seminars come to
- How did the ISU decide to suspend the Soviet
federation in 1977?
- And what mistake did the Soviet federation
make that exposed their procedures and triggered the suspension?
- When she was the Olympic referee, what was
Sonia's last-minute communication to Brian Orser before
he skated his 1988 Olympic short program?
- Why is subjectivity vital in judging figure
- What was the first year the ISU had a lawyer
review their TV contract before they signed it?
- What was the first year a treasurer was appointed
to handle the ISU finances?
- How do others attempt to bribe ISU officials?
Read about an attempt at bribery.
- What is Ottavio Cinquanta's background, and
how did he rise to ISU power?
- What laxness on the part of the ISU
led to the 2002 Olympic pair judging scandal in Salt Lake
- How does the ISU push one of
its own out of power?
Sonia Bianchetti Garbato recounts how it was done to her,
step by unbelievable step.