Originally published in SKATING Magazine, October 2013 issue
Former ABC director and producer Doug Wilson, who for nearly five decades brought many of the most compelling and memorable moments of figure skating competition into living rooms around the world, shares those stories and many more in his new book, titled The World Was Our Stage.
With a foreword by Peggy Flemming, the book focuses strongly on the skating world and its legendary champions. Wilson, and collaborator Jody Cohan, also include anecdotes about Muhammad Ali, Evel Knievel, Nadia Comaneci, Arthur Ashe, Howard Cosell, Jim McKay and many others, all set against a background of the golden age of television sports and the changing times of the 20th Century.
Wilson, a 2003 inductee of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, will debut the book at 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America in Detroit, Oct. 18-21. Wilson will sign his book for fans on the concourse and at the annual Friends of Figure Skating breakfast. A percentage of the book’s sales will go to U.S. Figure Skating’s Destination Sochi Family Tree Program.
Wilson was the driving force behind many of the great moments in figure skating TV history, such as the “Battle of the Brians” (Boitano vs. Canada’s Orser) and the “Battle of the Carmens” (Katarina Witt of East Germany and Debi Thomas). He was also there every step of the way during Michelle Kwan’s illustrious career on ice.
“It is an honor to be launching the book at Skate America in Detroit,” said Wilson, who in addition to figure skating produced or directed more than 50 sports for ABC and ESPN.
The World Was Our Stage can be purchased at Amazon.com and at www.createspace.com/4315491.