Figure Skating – 1979 – World Pairs Figure Skating Championships – Tai Babilonia + Randy Gardner

Tai Babilonia is an American former pair skater….who together with her skating partner Randy Gardner won the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships and five U.S. Figure Skating Championships 1976 through 1980…..as the pair also qualified for the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics…..where they were medal favorites but were forced to withdraw due to a thigh injury to Gardner. …

Figure Skating – 1981 – US Athletes In Review – JoJo Starbuck + Elaine Zayak -1981- With Bud Collins

JoJo Starbuck is an American figure skater…..who with partner Kenneth Shelley is a three-time United States National pairs skating champions from 1970 to 1972…. and two-time Olympian at Grenoble, France in 1968 and Sapporo, Japan in  1972.  She was first paired with Shelley for a show in 1959….when they were small children….when they started training with coach John Nicks at the Arctic Blades FSC in 1961.  In their…

Figure Skating – 1977 – Len Berman Pays Tribute To USA Linda Fratianne Winning World Championships

Linda Fratianne is an American former figure skater….who was known for winning two World Championship titles in 1977 and 1979….four consecutive U.S. Championships from 1977 to 1980 ….and a silver medal in the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Throughout her figure skating career, Fratianne was coached by Frank Carroll…..as she became the first female skater to land two different types of triple…

Figure Skating – 1961 To 1986 – ABC Wide World Of Sports – 25 Yrs Of Figure Skating With Jim McKay

Anytime a true Sportsphile gets to see any event that has broadcaster Jim McKay behind the mike…..they know that that video is well worth the price of admission…..and will take the time to watch it…..as is the case with this video seen herewith…..as the legendary “elegant and eloquent” Jim McKay takes us on a special 25 years…

Equestrian – 1979 – Pan American Games – Ken Squires Interview Show Jump Winner USA Michael Masters

This video starts out with Dick Stockton at the host desk for USA Network’s coverage of the 1979 Pan American games….whereas Stockton is an American sportscaster…..who began his career in Philadelphia….then moved to Pittsburgh where he was the sports director for KDKA-TV….then came a stint in Boston…..where he called Celtics NBA games for WBZ and Red Sox MLB games for WSBK-TV before transitioning to national broadcasting….which…

Figure Skating – 1979 – Senior Pairs Competition – Tai Babilonia + Randy Gardner – With Dick Buttons

Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner have skated together since childhood…..and they continue to be figure skating stars in 2019.  Tai began skating when she was eight and Randy began skating when he was ten. They were teamed together as a pair shortly after they learned to skate by coach Mabel Fairbanks.  As they advanced, they made…