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Figure Skating in the Formative Years: Singles, Pairs, and the Expanding Role of Women

James R. Hines


Once a winter pastime for socializing and courtship, skating evolved into the wildly popular competitive sport of figure skating, one of the few athletic arenas where female athletes hold a public profile—and earning power—equal to that of men. This book chronicles figure skating's rise from its earliest days through its head-turning debut at the 1908 Olympics and its breakthrough as entertainment in the 1930s. The book credits figure skating's explosive expansion to an ever-increasing number of women who had become proficient skaters and wanted to compete, not just in singles but with partner ... More

Keywords: figure skating, female athletes, earning power, 1908 Olympics, Madge Syers, 1902 World Championship, feminist, Olympic Winter Games

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039065
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James R. Hines, author
Christopher Newport University

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