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 – 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…

Figure Skating – 1986 – John Petkevich Interviews World Ice Dance Champs USSR Bestemianova + Bukin

Andrei Bukin is a former iUSSR ce dancer who represented the Soviet Union in his competitive career with his partner Natalia Bestemianova….as they are the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics Champion gold medalist….the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics silver medalist….the four-time  World champion….the three-time World silver medalists….and the five-time European champion. Bukin began figure skating at age seven….when he entered the Children and Youth Sports School of CSKA in Moscow. The group trained at…

Figure Skating – 1986 – CBS John Misha Petkevich Interviews CAN Brian Orser After World Champ Finals

John Misha Petkevich (born March 3, 1949 in Minneapolis) is an American former figure skater. He is the 1971 U.S. national champion and North American champion….who placed 6th at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics…..and 5th at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics. His best finish at the World Championships was 4th in 1972….as he placed 5th…

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…