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 – 1982 – Skate America – Womens Finals – FIN Kristina Wegelius – With Peggy Fleming

Kristiina Wegelius is a Finnish former competitive figure skater…..who won medals at Skate Canada International, Skate America and NHK Trophy….as well as four Finnish national titles. Wegelius placed 10th at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics…..and as high as 6th at the World Championships in 1981 and again in 1983…. as well as high as 4th at the European Championships in 1979, 1980…1981). She was coached by Carlo Fassi.  After…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America – ABCs Jim McKay + Peggy Fleming Discuss The Womens Finals

To see Peggy Fleming in a beautiful evening gown alongside Jim McKay in a tuxedo makes this video well worth the price of admission….as their attire is so deserving of both of these icons of sports talents in their respective areas…..as they both saw life and sport as true works of beauty…..full of grace, beauty,…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America Womens Finals – WGER Claudia Leistner – With Peggy Fleming

Claudia Leistner is a former German  figure skater…..who is a two-time World silver medalist and the 1989 European champion…..as Leistner was a roller skater before taking up ice skating…..after which sh landed on the 1981 – 82 German senior national podium for the first time taking the silver medal behind Manuela Ruben. Making her senior ISU Championship debut, she placed fifth at the 1982 European Championships in Lyon….and fourth…

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

DOG ASIDE: Peggy Gale Fleming (born July 27, 1948) is an American former figure skater….who was the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies’ singles….and a three-time World Champion from 1966 to 1968.  Fleming has been a television commentator in figure skating for over 20 years….including several Winter Olympic Games. After becoming an Olympic champion….Peggy Fleming turned professional….while performing on TV shows including five…

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…

Olympics – 1988 – Calgary Games – Figure Skating Pairs Short Program + Mens 500m Speed Skating

DOG ASIDE:    The 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics provided some wonderful highs and disheartening lows….which is typical of any Olympic Games…..for the talent is so expansive….causing the challenges to be greater and the risks to be higher. The figure skating pairs competition short program at these 1988 Calgary Games certainly provided one of these wonderful…