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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Figure Skating and U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Chair of Electors Dr. Lawrence Mondschein announced today that the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team will comprise the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled to take place Friday, Jan. 28 at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
“It is appropriate that on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the loss of the 1961 World Team that it be the sole inductee into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2011,” Mondschein said. “The dreams and hopes of the team have been realized by U.S. skaters at the World Championships, Olympic Winter Games and international skating events around the globe over the past 50 years. The spirit of the 1961 World Team continues to live on today and will be showcased by those skaters vying for national titles at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.”
Included in the inductees are 18 athletes as well as the accompanying coaches, officials, judges and family members who perished on Sabena Airlines Flight 548 en route to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
“The U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors applauds the nomination of the 1961 World Team to the hall of fame,” U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter said. “We unanimously concur with the electors’ recommendation, and we look forward to honoring the team at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro.”
Details on the induction ceremony will be announced following the release of the final schedule for the 2011 U.S. Championships. Family members and descendents of the 1961 World Team will be invited to participate in the activities surrounding the hall of fame induction. Please contact Linda Famula, World Figure Skating Museum & U.S. Hall of Fame marketing and public relations manager, at 719.635.5200 for more information.
In addition to the chair, the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Electors Selection Committee was composed of Benjamin Wright, Tom Collins, Brittney Bottoms and Ann O’Keefe.
For more information on the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2011, or other members of the hall of fame, please visit http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/ushof.htm.
Rhode Lee Michelson – 1961 U.S. bronze medalist
Laurence R. Owen – 1961 U.S. and North American champion, 1960 Olympic and World team member
Stephanie Westerfeld – 1961 U.S. silver medalist
Gregory Kelley – 1961 U.S. silver medalist, 1961 North American bronze medalist, 1960 World team member
Bradley Lord – 1961 U.S. champion, 1961 North American silver medalist, 1959 World team member
Douglas Ramsay – 1961 U.S. Championships fourth-place finisher
Ila Ray Hadley and Ray Hadley, Jr. – 1960 Olympic and World team members, 1961 U.S. pairs silver medalists
Laurie Hickox and William Hickox – 1961 U.S. pairs bronze medalists
Maribel Y. Owen and Dudley S. Richards – 1960 Olympic team members, 1961 U.S. pairs champions, 1961 North American silver medalists
Dona Lee Carrier and Roger Campbell – 1961 U.S. and North American silver medalists
Patricia Dineen and Robert Dineen – 1961 U.S. bronze medalists
Diane C. Sherbloom and Larry Pierce – 1961 U.S. champions
Linda Hadley – Coach and mother to Ila Ray Hadley and Ray Hadley, Jr.
William Kipp – Coach to Dona Lee Carrier and Roger Campbell, and Rhode Lee Michelson
Maribel Vinson Owen – Coach and mother to daughters Laurence and Maribel Y. Owen, coach to Dudley Richards
Daniel C. Ryan – Coach of Diane Sherbloom and Larry Pierce
Edi Scholdan – Coach of Greg Kelley, Stephanie Westerfeld, and Laurie and William Hickox
William Swallender – Coach of Doug Ramsay
Harold Hartshorne – World judge
Edward LeMaire – National judge
Deane E. McMinn – Team manager, international and Olympic judge
Walter S. Powell – International referee and member of the ISU Executive Committee
Ann Campbell – Mother of Roger Campbell
Louise Hartshorne – Wife of Harold Hartshorne
Nathalie Kelley – Sister of Gregory Kelley
Richard LeMaire – Son of Edward LeMaire
James Scholdan – Son of Edi Scholdan
Sharon Westerfeld – Sister of Stephanie Westerfeld
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 763 member clubs and Basic Skills Programs representing approximately 179,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.