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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 1961 To 1986 – ABC Wide World Of Sports – 25 Yrs Of Figure Skating With Jim McKay

Anytime a true Sportsphile gets to see any event that has broadcaster Jim McKay behind the mike…..they know that that video is well worth the price of admission…..and will take the time to watch it…..as is the case with this video seen herewith…..as the legendary “elegant and eloquent” Jim McKay takes us on a special 25 years…