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James R. Hines

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039065

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039065.001.0001

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The Artistic Sixties

The Artistic Sixties

(p.181) Eleven The Artistic Sixties
Figure Skating in the Formative Years

James R. Hines

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses figure skating in the 1960s. In 1961, the entire U.S. World team died in a plane crash on the way to Prague. One year later, two skaters from former teams, Barbara Ann Roles and Yvonne Littlefield, traveled to Prague as part of an otherwise inexperienced team of American skaters. Only one new member of the 1962 team, Scott Allen, would ever win a World or Olympic medal, but collectively the team provided the foundation on which the United States built its next generation of international champions. While the United States lost its current best skaters in the crash and was thrust into the necessity of developing new ones, across the skating world, a largely new slate of skaters appeared at the 1962 World Championships. Three of the men, Canada's Donald Jackson, Germany's Manfred Schnelldorfer, and France's Alain Calmat, were destined to become World champions.

Keywords:   figure skating, Barbara Ann Roles, Yvonne Littlefield, Scott Allen, Donald Jackson, Manfred Schnelldorfer, Alain Calmat, male skaters, World champions

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