Figure Skating – 1987 – Scott Hamilton Interview DDR Katarina Witt After Winning Gold At World Champ

To hear Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, talk about East German world and Olympic figure skating champion, Katarina Witt, literally took the Western Hemisphere by storm…..for here was this steamy voluptuous German girl from the Eastern Bloc….who skated to the hot music that was from the opera Carmen…..as she stamped her mark all over the ice…

Figure Skating – 1987 – Interview Of USA Debi Thomas Coach Alex McGowan At Worlds Prior To Her Skate

Debi Thomas is an American former figure skater and physician…..who is the 1986 World Champion….the 1988 Olympic 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….as both women skated their long programs to the music of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen.      At age 10, Thomas was introduced to Scottish…

Figure Skating – 1987 – Tim Ryan + Scott Hamilton Introduction To 1987 Womens World Championships

The 1987 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Cincinnati, Ohio in March…..with  medals being awarded in men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing…..which resulted with USA Brian Boitano winning gold….with CAN Brian Orser winning silver…..and USSR Alexander Fadeev winning bronze….as DDR Katarina Witt won the women’s gold medal….with USA Debi Thomas capturing the silver medal…..and USA Caryn Kadavy winning the bronze…

Figure Skating – 1987 – World Championship Ladies – Featuring USSR Kira Ivanova – With Tim Ryan

Kira Ivanova (January 10, 1963 – December 18, 2001) was a Soviet figure skater….who was the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic bronze medalist, the 1985 World Championships silver medalist, a four-time European silver medalist and a three-time Soviet national champion.  Ivanova also won the silver medal at the 1978 World Junior Championships…..and she made her senior World debut at the 1979 World Championships while finishing 18th…..plus she was 16th at the 1980…

Figure Skating – 1987 – World Championship Ladies – Featuring USA Caryn Kadavy – With Scott Hamilton

Caryn Kadavy is an American figure skater…..who is the 1987 World bronze medalist….as seen by her performance in this video seen herewith….as well as a four-time U.S. national medalist…..who also competed at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.  At the 1987 Nationals she again went in as a strong threat for the title….especially with defending Champion Debi Thomas injured and in sub-par…

Figure Skating – 1987 – Profiles Of USA Debi Thomas + DDR Katarina Witt Prior To World Championship

Debi Thomas is an American former figure skater and physician…..who is the 1986 World  World champion…..the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist…..and a two-time U.S. national champion…. and all accomplished while she was a pre-med student at Stanford University.   Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle of the Carmens. Katarina Witt is a retired former East German figure skater…..who won two Olympic gold…

Figure Skating – 1986 – CBS Sports Special – A History Of Soviet Domination Of The Pair Competition

Belousova and Protopopov’s first major international gold medal came at the 1964 Winter Olympics.  It was the first Olympic pairs gold for the Soviet Union. The Protopopov began the forty-year Soviet/Russian gold medal streak in pair skating….which is the longest in Olympic sports history….in a streak that ran from 1964 to 2006….and included such USSR pair…

Figure Skating – 1986 – CBSs John Tesh + Scott Hamilton Present 1986 World Champ USA Brian Boitano

Following the 1984 Olympics, several skaters emerged as likely medal hopes following the retirement of Scott Hamilton…..as USA Brian Boitano had won the 1985 United States Figure Skating Championships….which was the 1st of his four titles. At the first World Championships of the post-Hamilton era in 1985….USSR Alexander Fadeev won…with CAN Brian Orser finishing 2nd and Boitano 3rd…..who had injured tendons in his right…

Figure Skating – 1986 – John Misha Petkevick Interviews World Champ USA Brian Boitano After Finals

Brian Boitano won the 1985 United States Figure Skating Championships….which was the first of his four titles. At the first World Championships of the post-Hamilton era in 1985….when USSR  Alexander Fadeev won….with CAN Brian Orser finishing 2nd….and USA Boitano 3rd. He had injured tendons in his right ankle a few weeks before the 1986 U.S. Championships….but went on to win his 2nd…