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Review of "On Edge" a Book by Jon Jackson

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"On Edge: Backroom Dealing, Cocktail Scheming, Triple Axels, and How Top Skaters Get Screwed"

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On Edge: Backroom Dealing, Cocktail Scheming, Triple Axels, and How Top Skaters Get Screwed by Jon Jackson, is a book that will be of interest to some people involved in figure skating. Ice skating fans will also gain something by reading this book.

The author writes in a very open manner and it is hard to not want to get to know him better. He comes across as fun to be with and likeable.

Jon Jackson tells of corrupt judging. He shares how some skating federations attempt to advance certain skaters. Much of what is told is uncomfortable to read about, but may be necessary to read.

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Pros

  • This book is written in an easy to read manner.
  • The author writes in a very open style.

Cons

  • Personal things are told about people in figure skating that perhaps should not have been mentioned.

Description

  • 304 pages
  • Both paperback and hardcover editions are available
  • Copyright 2005 by Jon Jackson with James Pereira
  • The publisher is Thunder's Mouth Press
  • Many photos from Jackson's personal, skating, and professional life are included.
  • Each chapter ends with an interesting fact and thought about the sport of figure skating.
  • Humorous thoughts and reflections are shared by the author.

Guide Review - Review of "On Edge" a Book by Jon Jackson

On Edge: Backroom Dealing, Cocktail Scheming, Triple Axels, and How Top Skaters Get Screwed by Jon Jackson tells about corruption in the figure skating world.

The first part of the book tells about the author's early life. He grew up in Utah. He grew up in the Mormon Church. He began skating a bit later than some children, but did fairly well as a competitor. He trained under some top coaches and made many friends as a skater.

Jackson began judging figure skating during college. He rose through the judging ranks quickly and became a top official in figure skating.

He is gay and he openly discusses some personal things about his life as a gay man.

The second part of the book tells of the author's judging experiences and about his life as an important figure skating official. The reader will learn about Jackson's travels and experiences as a figure skating judge. The reader will learn about the friends Jon Jackson made throughout the world and learn about the places the author visited because of skating.

The reader will also learn about the people Jon Jackson liked and disliked. He mentions many individuals by name and gives his honest opinion on what he thought about each person.

The author writes in a very open manner. There is a feeling throughout the book that the author is openly chatting with the reader.

The book ends with a summary of how a new skating association, the World Skating Federation, was almost formed through Jackson's efforts. That involvement caused him to be banned from the International Skating Union's activities and ended his life as a skating official. The book ends on both a sad and happy note.

It is obvious that the author gave much to figure skating and did love the sport and its skaters. His book may be a necessary read for anyone involved with the sport of figure skating.

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