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The Second Mark: Courage, Corruption, and the Battle for Olympic Gold [Kindle Edition]

Joy Goodwin

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When French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne confessed to under-scoring a pair of Canadian figure-skaters as part of a quid pro quo deal that her country made with Russia during the 2002 Winter Olympics, she sparked the most explosive headlines the sport of ice-skating had seen since the Harding-Kerrigan fiasco. The event was extensively reported in the U.S. media, but in her first book Goodwin provides the most comprehensively researched and well told account of it so far. An Emmy Award-winning writer and producer who covers figure skating for ABC, Goodwin has used her access to athletes, judges and coaches to provide readers with a backstage view of the scandal. She chronicles the private moments of the three skating couples involved in the controversy—Russians Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze; Canadians Jamie Salé and David Pelletier; and Chinese Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo—following them from their humble beginnings on the frozen lakes of the Northern Caucasus, the training centers of rural Quebec and the frigid outdoor rinks of industrial Harbin. Although Goodwin covers all the ins and outs of the French-Russian bargain, her research allows her to go beyond the judging scandal to include the stories of how Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze were villainized by the U.S. press; how Shen’s father was impoverished by the see-sawing internal politics of China and how Pelletier turned down his first opportunity to be Salé’s skating partner. The 2002 competition showcased "the greatest collection of talent ever assembled on a single night in pair skating," Goodwin writes. Her book lets readers see it from all the angles. 16 pages of b&w photos.
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Pairs figure skating is one of the most popular events on the Olympic agenda. Goodwin, a veteran Emmy-winning producer for ABC Sports, takes readers behind the scenes of the controversial 2002 Olympic pairs competition, which was tainted by a judging scandal. She exposes the quid-pro-quo system that has ruled world-class skating for many decades, and in the end, the whole affair seems as pathetic and embarrassing as a brokered prom-queen election--except the stakes are much higher: a lifetime of work just to make it to the Olympics wasted by petty deal making among dilettante judges. What is most memorable here are Goodwin's portraits of the three skating pairs affected by the scandal: the Canadians, the Chinese, and the Russians. By focusing her story on these six fascinating individuals, Goodwin turns what might have been just another recounting of corruption in athletics into a gripping potboiler with three engaging plot lines leading to a dramatic finale. Entertaining and enlightening reading. Wes Lukowsky
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3262 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster (15. Juni 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003T0FJVI
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another take... 9. Februar 2006
Von Katherine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I guess I'm wierd, but what I loved about this book was the backstories on the six skaters, their history, families, coaches, etc. Fascinating stuff. What I got from this was a whole new level of respect and admiration for the pairs skaters coming from Russia and China. I'm also happy to see that the two Chinese skaters featured in this book will be skating in Torino 2006. I'll be watching them with great interest - at least as much as NBC allows me to see of them - and thinking about little six-year old Shen Xue and her bloody socks. There's not much new ground broken on the scandal that rocked the Salt Lake City Olympics, but for anyone interested in knowing more about the skaters involved, I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book!! 7. Juni 2005
Von iceskater72102 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book has interesting information on the childhoods, tribulations, and triumphs of Jamie Sale, David Pelletier, Shen Xue, Zhao Hongbo, and Elena Berezhnaya. The one person it is lacking information on is Anton Sikharulidze. It goes through their elite careers and touches on competitions leading up to the games. The play-by-play account of the Olympics brings you back to the day you watched the pair's final. If you are looking for information on the scandal other than what was printed in newspapers, don't bother reading this book. Overall, it gives information that is hard to find elsewhere on the six skater's lives before and after the Olympics. I highly reccomend this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Second Mark 25. Februar 2004
Von mkw - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Like Seabiscuit, Friday Night Lights, and Eight Men Out, The Second Mark transcends the sports genre. The figure skating is there, all right, but so is the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the lost generation of Mao's Cultural Revolution, a little boy carrying a bedboard down flights of stairs to use as a pingpong table, and a Chinese girl skating by candlelight in a deserted, late night ice rink. In both large strokes and small details, the book takes you, not only into the lives of the six medalists in the Olympics pairs skating competition, but into the cultures from which you cannot separate them.
It is an amazing story that unfolds, even if you thought you knew it. Beautifully written and seen--Joy Goodwin's writing is worthy of the story and that is high praise. I loved this book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting background, somewhat lacking on the scandal 11. Juli 2004
Von Gary M. Greenbaum - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book tells the well-known story of the vote-trading scandal in the pairs figure skating at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, where the Canadians were awarded a second set of gold medals.
While this book opens on the night of the pairs final, much of the book is interesting background on the three skating pairs who would medal at the 2002 Games, and their coaches, parents, and others of significance to them. This is new material to most, as figure skating is one of those sports which to the average person only seems to surface every four years, but here we see the skaters progress from the provincial rinks where they started to the big time.
I found somewhat disquieting (having attended the pairs final in Salt Lake) the tone of the book as it goes blow by blow through the night of the pairs final--making the claim that the crowd was unanimously on the Canadian side, and booed the marks (the second mark, which forms the title, and determined, initially, the gold medal, is for artistic merit) unmercifully. I remember some boos, some puzzlement (how many of the heavily corporate crowd really understood figure skating?), and some cheers, enchanting as the crowd found the Canadian pair. I suspect that Goodwin is indulging in a little history rewriting in a book which will be read primarily in North America, and little noted in Russia or China. Goodwin uses such phrases as "justice was done" about what was, after all, a very close decision, 5-4 including the disputed, and ultimately disqualified, French vote.
A second difficulty with the book is that it really breaks little new ground on the scandal. You learn little more than the reader motivated to buy this book could have learned from the many articles which appeared in the weeks and months following the Olympics.
It is a good read for human understanding of the six skaters. But it makes clear that there are more questions unanswered than answered, and it gets us little closer to the answers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book that transcends skating, for fans and everyone else 20. April 2004
Von "tjlongisland" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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THE SECOND MARK is a wonderful example of how good, solid reporting can transform a nonfiction book into a page-turner. This is a meticulously-researched account of the 2002 Olympic pairs competition. If you thought you knew all about it, think again. The story spans three continents and four decades, Communism and capitalism. I am so impressed by the stories of these people, which are so beautifully told. I never wanted the book to end. And I especially appreciated how hard the author tried to represent the points of view of so many different cultures.

The author gives you a chance to really appreciate what every pair offers. She points out that the Russians might easily have won even if the judging hadn't been biased-it wasn't a lock for the Canadians, as was so widely reported. The Chinese were consistently underscored over the years. The Canadians' perspective, which we all have heard, is presented in a fresh way, too. This is a serious book by a fine writer. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

TJ
Long Island, NY
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