Figure Skating – 1980 – Elegance & Eloquence Of Jim McKay As He Recalls USA Figure Skaters In China

This video of ABC Wide World of Sports legendary sportscaster, Jim McKay, recapping the USA figure skaters exhibition tour in China provides ample evidence of what we call the “elegance and eloquence” of this wonderful sportscaster.  As McKay paints the canvas that covered Peggy Fleming, JoJo Starbuck, Rosalynn Sumners, Linda Fratianne et al trip to China in…

Figure Skating – 1986 – ABC Jim McKay Interviews Reigning World Champ Figure Skater USA Debi Thomas

Debi Thomas is an American former figure skater and physician…..who is the 1986 Women’s World Figure Skating champion….the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics bronze medalist….and a two-time U.S. national champion . Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle of the Carmens. Thomas placed 5th in the World Championships in 1985….and won the gold medal at the…

Figure Skating – 1985 – CBS John Tesh Promo For Womens World Figure Skating Chamionships From Tokyo

John Tesh has won six Emmys, has four gold albums, two Grammy nominations and an Associated Press award for investigative journalism….who has sold over eight million records ….while his live concerts have raised more than $20 million for PBS…..plus, he wrote the NBA on NBC basketball theme “Roundball Rock” ….which is regarded as one of the most memorable sports themes of all…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America – Womens Finals – FIN Kristina Wegelius – With Peggy Fleming

Kristiina Wegelius is a Finnish former competitive figure skater…..who won medals at Skate Canada International, Skate America and NHK Trophy….as well as four Finnish national titles. Wegelius placed 10th at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics…..and as high as 6th at the World Championships in 1981 and again in 1983…. as well as high as 4th at the European Championships in 1979, 1980…1981). She was coached by Carlo Fassi.  After…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America – ABCs Jim McKay + Peggy Fleming Discuss The Womens Finals

To see Peggy Fleming in a beautiful evening gown alongside Jim McKay in a tuxedo makes this video well worth the price of admission….as their attire is so deserving of both of these icons of sports talents in their respective areas…..as they both saw life and sport as true works of beauty…..full of grace, beauty,…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America Womens Finals – WGER Claudia Leistner – With Peggy Fleming

Claudia Leistner is a former German  figure skater…..who is a two-time World silver medalist and the 1989 European champion…..as Leistner was a roller skater before taking up ice skating…..after which sh landed on the 1981 – 82 German senior national podium for the first time taking the silver medal behind Manuela Ruben. Making her senior ISU Championship debut, she placed fifth at the 1982 European Championships in Lyon….and fourth…

Figure Skating – 1985 – Intro To ESPN Seiko Skate America Competition – With Jim Kelly + Judy Sladky

Skate America is an international, senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series…..which is hosted by U.S. Figure Skating….as the location of the event changes yearly…..where medals are awarded in four disciplines including men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The first Skate America (officially called Norton Skate) was held in 1979 in Lake Placid, New York….and…

Figure Skating – 1985 – Hilites Women World Championahip – With DDR Katarina Witt + USA Tiffany Chin

Tiffany Chin is an American figure skating coach and former competitor…..who was a two-time World bronze medalist in 1985 and 1986….a two-time Skate America champion in 1983 and again in 1986….and the 1985 U.S. national champion.  At the 1984 U.S. Championships, she placed fourth in the compulsory figures but won both the short and long programs….and finished 2nd to Rosalynn Sumners…..when she was awarded the silver medal…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America – Womens Finals – USA Rosalynn Sumners – With Peggy Fleming

Rosalynn Sumners is an American ladies’ singles figure skater…..who was the World Junior champion in 1980….the U.S. National champion in 1982, 1983 and 1984…..the World champion in 1983….and won a silver medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics….while coming in 2nd to skating legend Katarina Witt of East Germany. In 1982-1983 big things were expected of Sumners….as she had shown great improvement in her…