Alexei Mishin has been called "The Dean of Figure Skating Coaches" and is and was the coach of Evgeni Plushenko, who won gold at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino and won gold in the Olympic team figure skating event at the 2014 Olympics which took place in Sochi, Russia. Mishin has trained many, many other figure skaters including other Olympic, European, and world champions including Alexei Urmanov and Alexei Yagudin. He may be one of the most popular figure skating coaches in ice skating history.
The author of From Torino to Vancouver: Four Years with Alexey Mishin - A Man Shorter In Height, But Larger Than Life is Igor Novodran, a former Ukrainian figure skating champion and figure skating coach who died in a tragic plane crash on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
Novodran met Mishin shortly after the Torino Olympics and was asked to teach as an assistant with Alexei Mishin. Novodran's self-published book is a wonderful way figure skaters and ice skating fans and those who know or knew Alexei Mishin and Igor Novodran can remember and learn about both of these men who are and were loved by their figure skating students.
Novodran wanted to share the photos he took during his years with Alexei Mishin and tell stories about him, and he did a wonderful job.
One of the charming things about this book is that Igor Novodran did not ask an English writer or editor to rewrite his thoughts. The story is told as if Novodran is talking to the reader using his best Ukrainian version of English and it is delightful to read his story and memories that way.
From Torino to Vancouver: Four Years with Alexey Mishin - A Man Shorter In Height, But Larger Than Life should definitely be a part of every figure skating library and deserves more than 5 stars!
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