Figure Skating – 1986 – Career Hilites OF Ice Dance Champs USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

Andrei Bukin began figure skating at age seven….while entering the Children and Youth Sports School of CSKA in Moscow. The group trained at a small stadium in Chapayevsky Park near Pesochnaya Square.  At age ten, he joined Spartak and began ice dancing….after originally training at the Small Sports Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium.  In his early career, he was coached by Nadezhda Shirokova…..and his…

Figure Skating – 1986 – CBS Sports Special – A Journey Through Time – The Yr 1986 In Figure Skating

CBS Tim Ryan and Anne Butler co-host a special segment of CBS Sports Sunday called A Journey Through Time…..which provides the viewing public highlights and a re-hash of the year 1986 in figure skating…..which was for the most part dominated on the women’s part by USA Debi Thomas and DDR Katarina Witt…..while on the men’s part…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championship Ice Dance Competition – CAN Tracy Wilson + Robert McCall

In the summer of 1981, Tracy Wilson teamed up with Rob McCall in a ice dancing partnership that started at the Elgin Barrow Arena in Richmond Hill, Ontario…..as they trained in Richmond Hill throughout their competitive careers. Together they won the Canadian national championship seven times from 1982 to 1988…..in addition to winning the Skate Canada International competition in 1983 and 1987…..as the 1983 gold was…

Figure Skating – 1986 – John Tesh Profiles The Life & Career Of CAN Brian Orser Prior To World Champ

After USA Scott Hamilton’s retirement in the 1984 – 1985 season….Brian Orser was seemingly poised to become the dominant champion…..however, he didn’t do very well at the World Championships…..placing 2nd to USSR Alexander Fadeev….who also had the triple axel in his repertoire. Orser resolved to begin including two axels, not just one, in his free…

Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championship Ice Dancing – USSR Natalia Bestemianova + Andrei Bukin

CBS Tim Ryan provides a wonderful look at the history of ice dancing in figure skating competition…..with a wonderful stop along the way to remember GBR Jayne Torvil + Christopher Dean…..as he comments on how this outstanding team of Brits were able to break the “death hold” that the ice dancers from the Soviet Union held…

Figure Skating – 1987 – Womens European Championships – With DDR Katarina Witt – With Scott Hamilton

Katarina Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany (DDR)….and is a four-time World Champion in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988…..and a two-time World silver medalist in 1982 and 1986 …..as Witt made her first appearance in a major international competition at the 1979 European Championships….while finishing 14th at the event.  At the 1981 World Championships, she placed 1st in the…

Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championships – Scott Hamilton Interviews Winner DDR Katarina Witt

The European Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition in which figure skaters compete for the title of European champion…..as medals are awarded in the disciplines of men’s singles, women’s singles, pair skating and ice dance. The event is sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU)…..and is the sport’s oldest competition. The first European Championships was held in 1891 in Hamburg, Germany….and featured just one…

Figure Skating – 1987 – European Championship Pair Finals – USSR Ekaterina Grodeeva + Sergei Grinkov

Every now and then, we here at ImaSportsphile responsible for posting each of these videos in this awesome vintage video library that simply becomes MUST SEE TV…..and this is one of those…..for our viewers will get to see something that most likely they have never seen before…. I mean, 99.9% of the folks out there…

Figure Skating – 1987 – Judy Blumberg Interview USA Debi Thomas After DDR Katarina Witt Wins Worlds

Judy Blumberg is an American former competitive ice dancer…..who with partner Michael Seibert were a three-time World bronze medalist from 1983 to 1985…..the 1980 Skate Canada International champion….the 1981 Skate America champion…..and a five-time U.S. national champion from 1981 to 1985.  On the ice from the age of ten….Blumberg trained nearly three hours every morning and a few more hours following school in Tarzana, California. She switched from singles to ice…