Figure Skating – 1980 – Elegance & Eloquence Of Jim McKay As He Recalls USA Figure Skaters In China

This video of ABC Wide World of Sports legendary sportscaster, Jim McKay, recapping the USA figure skaters exhibition tour in China provides ample evidence of what we call the “elegance and eloquence” of this wonderful sportscaster.  As McKay paints the canvas that covered Peggy Fleming, JoJo Starbuck, Rosalynn Sumners, Linda Fratianne et al trip to China in…

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 – 1981 – US Athletes In Review – JoJo Starbuck + Elaine Zayak -1981- With Bud Collins

JoJo Starbuck is an American figure skater…..who with partner Kenneth Shelley is a three-time United States National pairs skating champions from 1970 to 1972…. and two-time Olympian at Grenoble, France in 1968 and Sapporo, Japan in  1972.  She was first paired with Shelley for a show in 1959….when they were small children….when they started training with coach John Nicks at the Arctic Blades FSC in 1961.  In their…

Figure Skating – 1977 – Jim McKay Showcases USA Gymnasts + Figure Skaters On China Exhibition Trips

DOG ASIDE: I have written on many occasions while posting videos with ABC sports commentator Jim McKay behind the mike….for he is without question this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s favorite sportscaster of other sports than football, baseball, boxing and basketball…..for he brought the sports world more different sports from many more different places than any…

Figure Skating – 1980 – Special – Athletes On Review – Salute To The 1961 US Figure Skating Team

DOG ASIDE: After the tragic place crash known as Sabena Flight 548, a Boeing 707 aircraft that crashed en route from New York City to Brussels, Belgium, on February 15, 1961….which killed all 72 on board and one person on the ground….including the entire U.S. figure skating team who were travelling to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia….there were many special figure skating events that were staged…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Special – A Night Of Stars – Starring Peggy Fleming

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1982 ABC Wide World of Sports program features A Night of Stars figure skating special live from Peking, China as hosted by Chris Schenkel and Peggy Fleming…..along with a clip of the Grand National Sumo Wrestling Championship from Nagano, Japan…..but since most of the program focuses on the figure skating exhibition A Night of Stars…..which showcases US…