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…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America – Mens Long Program – USA Scott Hamilton – With Dick Button

Scott Hamilton is a retired American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist…..who won four consecutive U.S. championships from 1981 to 1984….plus four consecutive World Championships from 1981 to 1984…..and a gold medal in the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics.  His signature move is a back-flip, a feat that few other figure skaters could perform….which is against U.S. Figure Skating and Olympic competition…

Figure Skating – 1981 – US Athletes In Review – With Mark Davis & Pairs Kitty + Peter Caruthers

Kitty Carruthers is a former American pair skater…..who with her adopted brother, Peter, are the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics Silver medalist…..the 1982 World Bronze pairs medalist…. and a four-time United States National champion from 1981 to 1984…..as the Carruthers siblings were coached by Ronald Ludington. They finished off the podium at the U.S. Championships in January 1979….but their results improved the following season…..when after winning the International…

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…

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…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Special – Peggy Fleming Performance Of A Butterfly Lovers Concerto In China

This video showcases one of America’s most elegant athletes to ever perform….figure skater Peggy Fleming…who was sent as an unofficial ambassador for the opening of US / China relationships…..and she chose to perform a Chinese written piece called The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto….which has since become a universally performed piece….and the people of China loved it….as…

Olympics – 1980 – Lake Placid Games Ice Dancing – Jim McKay + Dick Buttons Discuss Lift Controversy

DOG ASIDE: Richard Totten “Dick” Button (born July 18, 1929) is an American former figure skater and skating analyst ….who is a two-time Olympic champion in 1948 and 1952….and five-time World champion from 1948 to 1952.  He is also the only non-European man to have become European champion.  Button is credited as having been the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump in competition in 1948….as…

Figure Skating – 1980 – Special – Athletes On Review – Lisa Marie Allen + Elaine Zayak

DOG ASIDE:  This 1980 figure skating special on NBC with host Dick Buttons was titled “Athletes in Review” was a dual purpose production that was used to showcase the top US figure skaters and to raise continued awareness and salute to the 1961 US Figure Skating Team that was lost in the 1961 plane crash in 1961. …