Figure Skating in History

Events in Sport

  • 1905-01-22 Dutchman Coen de Koning wins the 1,500m, 5,000m & 10,000m at World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Groningen, Netherlands to become 2nd Dutchman to win a world title
  • 1920-04-25 Magda Julin of Sweden beats teammate Svea Norén for the gold medal in women's singles figure skating at the Antwerp Olympics
  • 1920-04-27 Sweden takes the figure skating double at the Antwerp Olympics when Gillis Grafström wins his first of 3 consecutive men's gold medals; Magda Julin earlier wins the women's singles event

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924-01-26 American skater Charles Jewtraw claims the first ever Winter Olympic gold medal; wins 500m speed skating event in 44.0s at the Chamonix Games in France

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Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
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  • 1924-01-30 Gillis Grafström of Sweden wins men's figure skating gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; first to successfully defend his Summer Olympic title (1920) at the Winter Games
  • 1924-01-31 Herma Szabo of Austria wins the ladies figure skating gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; only women's event at the Games
  • 1928-02-18 Sonja Henie of Norway wins the women’s figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games; her first of 3 consecutive titles in the event
  • 1928-02-19 Gillis Grafström of Sweden wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic men’s figure skating gold medal at St. Moritz; one of only 2 athletes to win gold at both Winter & Summer Games (won figure skating Antwerp 1920)
  • 1928-02-19 World champion French team Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet win the Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games; the couple marry in 1929 and take 2nd straight gold in 1932
  • 1932-02-12 Sonja Henie of Norway wins her 2nd of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in women’s figure skating at the Lake Placid Winter Games; beats Austria’s Fritzi Burger into 2nd place for 2nd straight Games
  • 1932-02-12 World champion French husband and wife team Pierrre and Andrée Brunet win their 2nd consecutive Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the Lake Placid Games
  • 1932-02-12 Karl Schäfer of Austria wins the first of 2 consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Games in the United States
  • 1936-02-14 Karl Schäfer of Austria wins his 2nd consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games in Germany
  • 1936-02-15 Sonja Henie of Norway becomes the most successful Olympic figure skater ever by winning her 3rd consecutive gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; beats Cecilia College of Great Britain by 6.4 points
  • 1936-02-22 Sonja Henie of Norway follows up her Winter Olympics victory with an incredible 10th consecutive women’s World Championship figure skating gold medal in Paris, France
  • 1936-02-28 Karl Schäfer of Austria follows up his Winter Olympics victory with his 7th consecutive men’s figure skating World Championship title in Paris, France

  • 1936-02-28 Olympic champions Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber of Germany win their 4th consecutive pairs figure skating gold medal at the World Championships in Paris, France
  • 1948-02-05 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
  • 1948-02-06 World & European champion Barbara Ann Scott becomes the first Canadian to win a women's figure skating Olympic gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • 1952-02-19 American defending champion Dick Button becomes first figure-skater to land a triple jump in competition; performs a triple loop in the Olympic free skate in Oslo; wins gold medal ahead of Austria’s Helmut Seibt
  • 1952-02-20 Britain's Jeannette Altwegg wins the Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal at the Olso Winter Games ahead of American Tenley Albright, who goes on to win in Cortina d'Ampezzo (1956)
  • 1956-01-30 Soviet 500m speed skating champion Yevgeni Grishin wins 2nd gold medal of the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics when he dead heats teammate Yuri Mikhatlov in the 1,500m in world record 2:08.6
  • 1956-02-01 Hayes Alan Jenkins leads only US sweep of Olympic men's figure skating medals at the Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Games; Ronald Robertson wins silver with bronze to Jenkins' younger brother, David
  • 1956-02-02 Despite a severe ankle injury Tenley Albright leads an American 1-2 in the women's figure skating at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; Carol Heiss takes the silver medal
  • 1960-02-19 Three time Canadian world champions Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul win the pairs figure skating Olympic gold medal at Squaw Valley, CA
  • 1960-02-23 Carol Heiss wins the women's figure skating gold medal at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; US takes the singles double after David Jenkins wins men's event
  • 1960-02-26 David Jenkins wins the men's figure skating gold medal at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; US takes the singles double after Carol Heiss wins women's event
  • 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 American 2-time world champion Peggy Fleming comfortably wins Olympic women's figure skating gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Games
  • 1968-02-14 Soviet Union goes 1-2 in pairs figure skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; husband & wife team Oleg Protopopov and Liudmila Belousova edge teammates Tatiana Zhuk and Alexander Gorelik
  • 1970-02-15 Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round 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
  • 1972-02-07 Dutch Olympic 1,500m and 5,000m speed skating champion Ard Schenk wins his 3rd gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games when he takes out the 10,000m
  • 1974-02-24 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
  • 1976-02-11 John Curry wins Britain's first Olympic gold medal in figure skating at Innsbruck Winter Games; finishes men's singles ahead of Soviet skater Vladimir Kovalyov and Canadian Toller Cranston
  • 1976-03-06 European Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden won by John Curry (Great Britain)
  • 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 in 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
  • 1980-02-18 Soviet figure skater Irina Rodnina wins her 3rd consecutive Olympic pairs title at Lake Placid; gold medals with husband Alexander Zaitsev (1976, 80) and Alexei Ulanov (1972)
  • 1980-02-21 British figure skater Robin Cousins wins men's singles gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; goes on to pro career, TV analysis and stage performance & production
  • 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) who lands 6 triple jumps
  • 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)
  • 1984-02-16 3-time men's figure skating world champion Scott Hamilton of the US wins the gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics from Brian Orser of Canada and Jozef Sabovčík of Czechoslovakia
  • 1984-02-18 East German figure skater Katarina Witt wins first of 2 consecutive women's singles gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins gold in Calgary (1988)
  • 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 champion
  • 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 (Canada)
  • 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
  • 1994-02-01 Jeff Gillooly pleads guilty for his part in attack on American Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan; plea bargain, confesses to racketeering in exchange for testimony implicating ex-wife Tonya Harding
  • 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
  • 2000-04-01 Michelle Kwan pushes through all 7 triple jumps at the Palais des Exposition in Nice, France to become the first American since Peggy Flemming to win 3 world figure skating titles
  • 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
  • 2014-02-09 Olympic teams figure skating event debuts in Sochi with Russia taking the gold medal; pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win first of 2 gold at the Games
  • 2014-02-12 Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating
  • 2014-02-13 Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu is first to break 100 points barrier in the short program (101.45 points) at the Sochi Winter Olympics, on way to the men's singles gold medal
  • 2014-02-14 For the first time in men's figure skating, all 3 Olympic singles medalists are of Asian descent; Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) gold, Patrick Chan (Canada) and Denis Ten (Kazakhstan)
  • 2014-02-20 Adelina Sotnikova convincingly wins the women's singles figure skating gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics for Russia's first title in the ladies event
  • 2018-02-15 German figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot set new ISU best free skating score of 159.31 on their way to pairs gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
  • 2018-02-17 Japanese defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu retains his Olympic men's figure skating title by winning the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; first wins gold at Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-20 Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors becomes first female to win Olympic medals in 2 different sports at a single Winter Games (Pyeongchang); 1,000m speed skating gold, 3000m short track relay bronze
  • 2018-02-23 Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova wins the women's singles gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; earlier sets a new ISU best short program score of 82.92
  • 2018-02-24 2016 world mass start speed skating champion Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea wins the event at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also Olympic 10,000m champion Vancouver (2010)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 207

  • 1876-02-09 Martin Stixrud, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic bronze 1920)
  • 1877-08-07 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • 1879-03-30 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (World Alllround Speed Skating champion 1905), born in Edam. Netherlands (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)
  • 1893-06-07 Gillis Grafström, Swedish figure skater (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1938)
  • 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, French pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1902-06-28 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1905-09-27 Ernst Baier, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1936), born in Zittau, Saxony, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1907-07-27 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1909-05-17 Karl Schäfer, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1976)
  • 1911-10-12 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1912-04-08 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1917-12-19 Graham Sharp, British figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1919-02-07 Ilse Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1919-07-12 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2003)
  • 1920-04-08 Erik Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1920-10-08 Maxi Herber, German figure skater pairs (Olympic gold 1936), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1920-11-28 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1921-09-19 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1925-01-31 Micheline Lannoy, Belgian figure skating pairs (Olympic gold 1948), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1925-07-23 Pierre Baugniet, Belgian pairs ice skater (Olympic gold 1948), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • 1928-05-09 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1929-05-30 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), born in Washington, D.C.. (d. 2014)
  • 1929-07-18 Dick Button, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1930-09-08 Jeannette Altwegg, English figure skater (Olympic gold 1952), born in Bombay, India
  • 1932-07-16 Oleg Protopopov, Russian olympic pairs skater (Gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1933-03-23 Hayes Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1956; World C'ship gold 1953-56), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935-07-18 Tenley Albright, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-11-22 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Ulyanovsk, Russia (d. 2017)
  • 1935-12-22 Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1936-05-19 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1936-06-29 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1940-01-20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; silver 1956; World C'ship gold 1956–1960), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-04-02 Don Jackson, CM OOnt, Canadian figure skater (World C'ship gold singles 1962; first triple lutz in international competition; Olympic bronze singles 1960), born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • 1940-08-31 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1940-11-13 Joan Haanappel, Dutch figure skater and sports reporter, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1942-06-28 Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch figure skater (Olympic gold 1964), born in Akkrum, Netherlands
  • 1942-10-28 Kees Verkerk, Dutch skater World Champion (1967)/(Olympic gold 1968), born in Maasdam, Netherlands
  • 1946-10-08 Aleksandr Gorshkov, Soviet ice dancer (holds 6 titles, Olympic gold 1976), born in Moscow
  • 1947-09-14 Wolfgang Schwartz, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1968), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1947-11-04 Alexei Ulanov, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold [with Irina Rodnina] 1972), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1948-07-27 Peggy Fleming, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1968, 3-time world champion), 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, Soviet pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1949-09-09 John Curry OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1994)
  • 1949-09-12 Irina Rodnina, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1951-01-22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • 1951-02-14 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1951-04-13 Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austrian figure skater considered to be one of the best compulsory figure skaters ever (Olympic gold 1972), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1952-06-16 Aleksandr Zaitsev, USSR, pairs figure skating (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1953-04-06 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1956-07-26 Dorothy Hamill, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957-08-17 Robin Cousins, British figure skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Bristol, England
  • 1957-10-07 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 1984), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1958-06-28 Sergei Shakrai, Russian figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Soviet Union
  • 1958-07-27 Christopher Dean, English Olympics skater (Torvill & Dean/Olympic gold 1984), born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 1958-08-28 Scott Hamilton, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1984), born in Bowling Green, Ohio
  • 1958-11-21 Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)
  • 1958-12-02 Randy Gardner, American pairs figure skater (World C'ships gold [with Tai Babilonia] 1979; US C'ships 1976–1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960-02-08 Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960-08-02 Linda Fratianne, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Northridge, Los Angeles
  • 1961-12-18 Brian Orser, Canadian figure skater (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1962-04-10 Cathy Turner, American short track skater (Olympic 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 Biellmann, Swiss figure skater (Olympic 4th 1980), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1963-05-21 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • 1963-10-22 Brian Boitano, American figure skater (Olympic men's singles gold 1988), born in Mountain View California
  • 1963-10-30 Todd Sand, American pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Burbank, California
  • 1964-10-28 Paul Wylie, figure skater (Olympic-silver)
  • 1964-11-17 Marina Tcherkasova, American pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1964-12-23 Andy Gabel, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964-12-28 Charles Sinek, American ice dancer (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1965-04-12 Elaine Zayak, American figure skater (Olympic 6th 1984), born in Paramus, New Jersey
  • 1965-08-07 Elizabeth Manley, Canadian figure skater (Olympic silver 1988), born in Quinte West, Canada
  • 1965-12-03 Katarina Witt, German figure skater (Olympic gold ladies singles 1984, 88; World C'ship gold 1984-85, 87-88), born in Staaken, Germany
  • 1966-06-18 Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-5-1994), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1966-10-18 Jerod Swallow, American ice skater (1997 Nationals), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1967-02-04 Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Olympic gold pairs 1988, 94; World C'ship gold pairs 1986-87, 89-90), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1967-03-09 Eric Flaim, American short track skater (Olympics silver 1988, 94), born in Pembroke, Massachusetts
  • 1967-03-24 Richard Gillam, pairs skater (& Erin Moorad), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-03-25 Debi Thomas, American figure skater (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1967-09-07 Kathaleen K. Cutone, American 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, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • 1969-08-13 Midori Ito, Japanese ice skater (Olympic silver 1992), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1969-08-21 Josee Chouinard, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-9th-1994), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969-09-07 Rudy Galindo, American figure skater, born in San Jose, California
  • 1969-10-12 Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1994), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • 1969-10-29 Peter Breen, American dance skater, born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1969-12-12 Kris Wirtz, Canadian ice pairs skater (1994 Skate Canada), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • 1970-05-07 Sebastien Britten, Canadian figure skater (1995 Canadian Champ), born in Brossard, Quebec
  • 1970-05-24 Nick Castaneda, American pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink), born in Birmingham, Alabama

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)
  • 1960-04-30 American Olympic men's figure skating gold medallist (1956) Hayes Alan Jenkins marries Olympic women's champion Carol Heiss in NYC, NY
  • 1976-06-06 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater JoJo 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
  • 1938-04-14 Gillis Grafström, Swedish figure skater (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of blood poisoning at 44
  • 1949-04-19 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • 1961-02-15 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), dies at 49
  • 1969-06-01 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), dies at 65
  • 1969-10-12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia 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
  • 1976-04-23 Karl Schäfer, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 66
  • 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)
  • 1991-07-27 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 89
  • 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 OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), dies from AIDS at 44
  • 1994-07-30 Theo van Scheltinga, skater, dies at 80
  • 1994-12-15 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), dies at 87
  • 1995-01-02 Graham Sharp, British figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), dies at 77
  • 1995-11-20 Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Olympic gold pairs 1988, 94; World C'ship gold pairs 1986-87, 89-90), 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)
  • 2001-07-08 Ernst Baier, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 95
  • 2003-02-09 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2008-01-10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • 2008-04-12 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 87
  • 2011-06-27 Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer (coached Torvill and Dean), dies at 83
  • 2012-04-15 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90
  • 2012-09-30 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), dies at 84
  • 2014-12-02 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), dies from heart failure at 85
  • 2017-09-29 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 81