Figure Skating – 1987 – World Championship Ladies – Featuring USSR Kira Ivanova – With Tim Ryan

Kira Ivanova (January 10, 1963 – December 18, 2001) was a Soviet figure skater….who was the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic bronze medalist, the 1985 World Championships silver medalist, a four-time European silver medalist and a three-time Soviet national champion.  Ivanova also won the silver medal at the 1978 World Junior Championships…..and she made her senior World debut at the 1979 World Championships while finishing 18th…..plus she was 16th at the 1980…

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 – 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 – 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…