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…

Figure Skating – 1985 – CBS John Tesh Promo For Womens World Figure Skating Chamionships From Tokyo

John Tesh has won six Emmys, has four gold albums, two Grammy nominations and an Associated Press award for investigative journalism….who has sold over eight million records ….while his live concerts have raised more than $20 million for PBS…..plus, he wrote the NBA on NBC basketball theme “Roundball Rock” ….which is regarded as one of the most memorable sports themes of all…

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…