Figure Skating – 1985 – Intro To ESPN Seiko Skate America Competition – With Jim Kelly + Judy Sladky

Skate America is an international, senior-level figure skating competition held as part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series…..which is hosted by U.S. Figure Skating….as the location of the event changes yearly…..where medals are awarded in four disciplines including men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The first Skate America (officially called Norton Skate) was held in 1979 in Lake Placid, New York….and…

Figure Skating – 1985 – Hilites Women World Championahip – With DDR Katarina Witt + USA Tiffany Chin

Tiffany Chin is an American figure skating coach and former competitor…..who was a two-time World bronze medalist in 1985 and 1986….a two-time Skate America champion in 1983 and again in 1986….and the 1985 U.S. national champion.  At the 1984 U.S. Championships, she placed fourth in the compulsory figures but won both the short and long programs….and finished 2nd to Rosalynn Sumners…..when she was awarded the silver medal…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America – Womens Finals – USA Rosalynn Sumners – With Peggy Fleming

Rosalynn Sumners is an American ladies’ singles figure skater…..who was the World Junior champion in 1980….the U.S. National champion in 1982, 1983 and 1984…..the World champion in 1983….and won a silver medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics….while coming in 2nd to skating legend Katarina Witt of East Germany. In 1982-1983 big things were expected of Sumners….as she had shown great improvement in her…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Skate America – Mens Long Program – USA Scott Hamilton – With Dick Button

Scott Hamilton is a retired American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist…..who won four consecutive U.S. championships from 1981 to 1984….plus four consecutive World Championships from 1981 to 1984…..and a gold medal in the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics.  His signature move is a back-flip, a feat that few other figure skaters could perform….which is against U.S. Figure Skating and Olympic competition…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Peggy Fleming Performance Of A Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto – Live In China

After becoming an Olympic champion, Peggy Fleming turned professional….and performed on TV shows including five NBC specials of her own….while touring with many skating shows, like Ice Capades. During the Cold War, Fleming had filmed a TV show in USSR….and skated to Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto in China…..as seen in this video herewith.  Since 1981, she has been a skating commentator…

Figure Skating – 1979 – Donna de Varona Interview Sr Pairs Champs USA Tai Babilonia + Randy Gardner

At the age of 17, legendary sportscaster Donna de Varona appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports….thus becoming the youngest and one of the first women sportscasters for a national network.  Her groundbreaking career has earned her an Emmy….two Gracies….and the opportunity to cover a wide variety of sports events including 17 Winter and Summer Olympic games. 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 – 1979 – World Pairs Figure Skating Championships – Tai Babilonia + Randy Gardner

Tai Babilonia is an American former pair skater….who together with her skating partner Randy Gardner won the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships and five U.S. Figure Skating Championships 1976 through 1980…..as the pair also qualified for the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics…..where they were medal favorites but were forced to withdraw due to a thigh injury to Gardner. …

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…