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Youth Biography on Ice

Ok, it’s time for some more youth biographies from yesteryear.  I always feel these types of postings make for great discussions on collection development.  We have a couple of choices here for you to debate in your library. Enjoy!

Dorothy Hamill
Smith
1976

For the record, I wanted a Dorothy Hamill haircut when I was in high school. Ladies my age will probably remember Dorothy more for the hair than the ice skating.  I do miss the days of Olympic ice skating when Dorothy Hamill and Peggy Fleming were the stars..

Mary

Need more ice skating? How about this one:

Eric Heiden : Winner in Gold
Aaseng
1980

Eric Heiden is a legend in speed skating circles.  Should you keep the book until his records are broken?  This book is missing several interesting facts about his life: he had an award-winning cycling career in the mid-80’s and became an orthopedic surgeon in the early 90’s.  We have talked about this before – the fact that a book doesn’t cover someone’s entire life doesn’t make it a bad book.  It does make it a less relevant book for public library collections 30 years later.

Thank you, submitter!
Holly

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  • For some reason, when I think famous ice skater, I think Elizabeth Manley and not Dorothy Hamill. Different generation, I guess.

  • Yeah, I remember the Dorothy Hamill/Peggy Fleming ‘do. Had one myself in grade school, and everyone thought I was a boy. Nice.

  • I had Dorothy Hamill’s hair!!! I can’t remember a darn thing about her ice skating, though.

  • I weeded a Dorothy Hamill biography 5 years ago when we unpacked after renovation. Although I don’t think she was being attacked by stuffed animals and dolls on the cover of that one …

  • The do only looked good on Dorothy and even then it was ify. Far too many little girls walked around looking like Mo Howard!

  • I weeded our biography of Dorothy Hamill, thinking that it was dated and not in super condition, and the next day someone was asking for it. It just goes to show that any book you weed, no matter how many years it hasn’t circulated, may be that book someone would dig through the trash to find.

  • I watched skating for awhile b/c my s/o was into it. One thing that struck me was how relatively unskilled Hamill and Fleming were in comparison to the skaters of today. Wow, Peggy Fleming gets a medal for being able to do figure-8’s and jumping once in the air. Now, that’s 6 year-old’s stuff, and nowhere near olympic caliber, of course. It makes ya think how athletes of different eras would compare..and compete with each other.

    • Judging was different too (Ha!). I still think the super-technical requirements take away the time and energy needed to perform lyrically. And lyrical (Mens’ and womens’) is what I want to see.

  • Will, true but you have to remember that what we now know as figure skating made up very little of the scored program when Hamill and Fleming were competing. There are many people who believe that figure skating lost something with the loss of the actual “figures”.

  • I would retain books like this if the person was from my state. Eric Heiden and his sister were from Wisconsin, so if I was living there, I would want to have books about them in the collection. I think he was at the Vancouver Olympics, maybe just as a spectator.

  • When I was in 3rd grade I had to give a report on Dorothy Hamill and dress up like her. My hair was conveniently cut in a short bob at the time. This was 1995ish, and I very distinctly remember the blue title on that book. I used that exact book for my third grade report!

  • I would keep that Eric Heiden bio just for the awesome photo on the cover! Oh those thighs.