Figure Skating in History

Events in Sport

  • 1905-01-15 Coen de Koning becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1924-01-26 Charles Jewtraw, US 500m skater, takes 1st Winter Olympics gold medal
  • 1936-02-15 Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
  • 1948-02-05 Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
  • 1960-03-05 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
  • 1960-03-05 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
  • 1961-02-18 Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
  • 1961-02-19 Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater
  • 1962-03-20 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • 1964-02-02 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating
  • 1966-02-15 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1967-01-29 Kees Verkerk becomes European skating champ
  • 1967-02-12 Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater
  • 1967-02-19 Stien Kaiser becomes world champion lady's skater
  • 1967-03-04 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)
  • 1967-03-04 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champion in Vienna won by Peggy Fleming (US)
  • 1968-02-05 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
  • 1968-02-10 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France
  • 1970-02-15 Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1970-03-01 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champion all-round ladies skater
  • 1972-01-16 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
  • 1972-01-23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • 1972-02-20 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • 1973-11-04 The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are deserted and are solely used by cyclists and roller skaters.
  • 1974-02-24 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
  • 1976-02-11 John Curry wins the UK’s 1st Olympic gold medal in figure skating; the country's 1st medal for 12 years at the winter games
  • 1976-03-06 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (GRB)
  • 1976-03-06 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill
  • 1977-01-26 Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift, Helsinki
  • 1977-02-13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
  • 1977-03-03 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • 1979-09-24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • 1980-03-01 Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1981-03-06 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
  • 1982-03-13 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 1982-03-13 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA)
  • 1982-03-13 Elaine Zayak, lands 6 triple jumps to win world skating championship
  • 1983-01-30 Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
  • 1983-03-11 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 1984-03-23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1984-03-23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 1986-01-26 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champ
  • 1986-03-25 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
  • 1987-02-15 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater
  • 1987-03-12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (CAN)
  • 1988-02-20 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • 1988-02-27 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • 1988-03-27 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1992-02-21 Kristi Yamaguchi of US wins Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating
  • 1992-03-29 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Oak won by Kristi Yamaguchi (USA)
  • 1992-03-29 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oakland won by Viktor Petrenko (CIS)
  • 1994-01-06 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard
  • 1994-01-13 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1994-04-22 Ice skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gillooly for $42,500
  • 1996-03-25 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • 1996-03-25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)
  • 1997-01-12 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
  • 1997-03-22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Tara Lipinski (USA)
  • 1998-02-10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • 1998-02-20 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
  • 2013-03-15 Patrick Chan of Canada wins the men’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 2013-03-16 Kim Yu-Na of South Korea wins the women’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 2014-02-12 Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 210

  • 1876-02-09 Martin Stixrud, Norway, figure skater (Olympic-bronze-1920)
  • 1877-08-07 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • 1879-03-30 Coen de Koning, Dutch ice skater (d. 1954)
  • 1886-07-05 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1890-11-12 Lily Kronberger, Hungarian figure skater (d. 1974)
  • 1893-08-21 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1900-06-30 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic Gold 1924, 1928, 1932), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1901-03-03 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1993)
  • 1901-08-29 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1901-09-16 Andree Joly Bunet, France, figure skater pair (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
  • 1902-06-28 Pierre Brunet, France, figure skater pair (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
  • 1905-09-27 Ernest Baier, Germany, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1907-07-27 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater/judge (Olympics 1932,36)
  • 1911-10-12 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1912-04-08 Sonja Henie, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1917-12-19 Graham Sharp, British ice skater (d. 1995)
  • 1919-02-07 Ilse Pausin, Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)
  • 1919-12-02 Robin Lee, American figure skater, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1920-04-08 Erik Pausin, Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)
  • 1920-10-08 Maxie Herber, Germany, figure skater pairs (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1920-11-28 Cecilia Colledge, England, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1936)
  • 1921-09-19 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1925-06-30 Micheline Lannoy, Belgium, figure skating pairs (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1925-07-23 Pierre Baugniet, Belgium, pairs ice skater (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1928-05-09 Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1948), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1929-07-18 Dick Totten Button, figure skater (Olympic-gold-48, 52), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1930-09-08 Jeanette Altwegg, England, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1932-07-16 Oleg Protopopov, Russia, olympic pairs skater (Gold 1964, 68)
  • 1933-11-23 Hayes Jenkins, US, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1935-07-18 Tenley Albright, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1952, 56), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-11-22 Ludmila Belousova Protopopov, USSR, pairs skater (Oly-gold-1964, 68)
  • 1935-12-22 Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov, Russia, pairs skater (Oly-gold-1964, 68)
  • 1936-05-19 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austria, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1936-06-29 David Jenkins, US, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1940-01-20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-08-31 Alain Calmat, France, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1964)
  • 1940-11-13 Joan Haanappel, figure skater/sports reporter
  • 1942-06-28 Sjoukje Dijkstra, Holland, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1942-10-28 Kees Verkerk, skater World Champion (1967)/(Olympics-gold-68)
  • 1947-09-14 Wolfgang Schwartz, Austria, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1947-11-04 Alexei Ulanov, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972, 76)
  • 1948-07-27 Peggy Fleming Jenkins, figure skater (Olym-gold-1968), born in San Jose, California
  • 1948-10-20 Andrei Suraikin, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1949-02-08 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1949-07-21 Ludmila Smirnova, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1949-09-09 John Curry, England, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1949-09-12 Irina Rodnina, USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1951-01-22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • 1951-02-14 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater
  • 1951-04-13 Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austria, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1952-06-16 Aleksandr Zaitsev, USSR, pairs figure skating (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1953-04-06 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympics-bronze-1972)
  • 1956-07-26 Dorothy Hamill, Riverside Ct, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1957-08-17 Robin Cousins, English figure skater (Olympic-gold-1980), born in Bristol
  • 1957-10-07 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 84), born in Nottingham
  • 1958-06-28 Sergei Shakrai, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • 1958-07-27 Christopher Dean, Olympics skater (Torvill & Dean/Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1958-08-28 Scott Hamilton, ice skater (Olympic gold 1984), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1958-11-21 Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)
  • 1960-02-08 Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960-08-02 Linda Fratianne, US, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • 1961-06-21 Karen Barber, ice skater
  • 1961-12-18 Brian Orser, Canada, figure skater (Olympics-Silver-88)
  • 1962-04-10 Cathy Turner, short track skater (Olympics-gold-1994, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1963-01-13 Felita Carr, dance skater (& Komarov-1995 Pac Champ), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1963-01-28 Denise Beillmann, Switz, figure skater (Olympics-4th-1980)
  • 1963-05-21 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • 1963-10-22 Brian Boitano, Mountainview California, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1963-10-30 Todd Sand, pairs skaters (Olympics-1994), born in Burbank, California
  • 1964-10-28 Paul Wylie, figure skater (Olympic-silver)
  • 1964-11-17 Marina Tcherkasova, US, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • 1964-12-23 Andy Gabel, short track skater (Olympics-1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964-12-28 Charles Sinek, dance skater (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd)
  • 1965-04-12 Elaine Zayak, NJ, figure skater (Olympics-6th-1984)
  • 1965-08-07 Elizabeth Manley, Canada, figure skater (Olympics-Silver-88)
  • 1965-12-03 Katarina Witt, Staaken GDR, figure skater (Olympic-Gold-1984, 88)
  • 1966-06-18 Kurt Browning, Alberta, figure skater (Olympic-5-1994)
  • 1966-10-18 Jerod Swallow, American ice skater (1997 Nationals), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1966-11-03 Todd Reynolds, pairs skaters (Olympics-1994), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1967-02-04 Sergei Grinkov, Russian ice skater
  • 1967-03-09 Eric Flaim, Pembroke Mass, short track skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1967-03-24 Richard Gillam, pairs skater (& Erin Moorad), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-03-25 Debi Thomas, US, figure skater (Olympic-bronze-1988)
  • 1967-09-07 Kathaleen K Cutone, Olenoridge NJ, figure skater (1994 Collegiate champ)
  • 1967-09-27 Jason Dungjen, pairs skater (& Kyoko Ina), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967-09-28 Jason Dungjen, pairs skaters (Olympics-1994), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967-12-09 Caryn Kadavy, Erie Pa, figure skater
  • 1968-08-18 John Coyle, West Bloomfield Mich, short track skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1968-10-07 Randy Bartz, Roseville Minn, short track skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1969-08-13 Midori Ito, ice skater (Oly-silver-92), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969-08-21 Josee Chouinard, Rosemont Quebec, figure skater (Olymp-9th-1994)
  • 1969-10-12 Nancy Ann Kerrigan, Woburn Mass, figure skater (Olympics-silver-1994)
  • 1969-10-29 Peter Breen, American dance skater, born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1970-04-02 Marcus Christensen, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1970-05-07 Sebastien Britten, Brossard Que, figure skater (1995 Canadian Champ)
  • 1970-05-24 Nick Castaneda, pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1970-08-15 Dawn Ponte, Kent RI, dance skater (& Frey-1995 Eastern Jr champ)
  • 1970-09-23 Brian Wells, Carmel California, pairs skater (& Lyons-1995 Midwest champ)
  • 1970-10-12 Karen Courtland, pairs skaters (Olympics-1994), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1970-11-12 Tonya Harding, figure skater (Oly-8th-1994/US Champ 1994), born in Portland, Oregon

Weddings in Sport

  • 1949-09-15 Figure skater and actress Sonja Henie (36) weds Winthrop Gardner Jr
  • 1956-06-06 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)
  • 1976-06-06 Pittsburgh Steelers quaterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater Jo Jo Starbuck (25) at Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles
  • 1984-09-14 Figure skater Marina Klimova (18) weds her partner Sergei Ponomarenko (23)
  • 1993-09-04 Five-time U.S. national champion figure pair skater Jerod Swallow (26) weds his partner Elizabeth Punsalen
  • 1995-09-09 Ice Skater Nancy Kerrigan (25) weds her agent Jerry Solomon (41)
  • 1999-06-05 1994 Figure Skater World Champion Yuka Sato (26) weds her fellor skater Jason Dungjen
  • 2000-07-08 Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (28) weds Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey player Bret Hedican (29) at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii
  • 2002-06-10 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion skater Ekaterina Gordeeva (31) weds 1998 Olympic Champion figure skater Ilia Kulik (25) in San Francisco
  • 2005-12-31 Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada
  • 2006-12-30 Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada
  • 2009-02-07 Actress and skating champ Kristy Swanson (39) weds 1993 World Pair Skater Champion Lloyd Eisler (45) at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California
  • 2013-01-19 Figure skater five-time world champion Michelle Kwan (32) weds Clay Pell at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2016-08-20 Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen (31) weds Tom May in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • 2017-05-19 Roller derby skater Bonnie Thunders weds NFL player Larry English (31) at The Montage in Laguna Beach, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932-07-11 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, dies at 46
  • 1949-04-19 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • 1961-02-15 Marubel Vinaon Owen, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1932), dies
  • 1961-02-15 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), dies at 49
  • 1969-06-01 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • 1969-10-12 Sonja Henie, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1928, 32, 36), dies at 57
  • 1972-04-08 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70
  • 1975-12-07 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic Gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • 1978-03-12 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • 1989-02-02 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • 1993-10-29 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), dies at 92
  • 1994-02-19 Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • 1994-04-15 John Curry, English figure skater (Oly-gold-76), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1994-07-30 Theo van Scheltinga, skater, dies at 80
  • 1994-12-15 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater (Eur-bronze-33), dies at 87
  • 1995-01-02 Graham Sharp, ice skater, dies at 77
  • 1995-11-20 Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Oly-gold), dies of heart attack at 28
  • 1997-10-08 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • 2001-07-04 Keenan Milton, Professional Skater (b. 1974)
  • 2008-01-10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • 2008-04-12 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • 2012-04-15 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90
  • 2012-09-30 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater, dies at 84