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…

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…