Monday, January 31, 2011

UPDATED 1/31 - Remembering the tragic saga of the 1961 US Figure Skating Team - many were from Boston

The New York Daily News also looked back at the crash and rebirth of figure skating in the US

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Remembering the plane crash that rocked U.S. figure skating 50 years ago

Saturday, January 29th 2011, 5:47 PM

This morning John Powers of the Boston Globe looks back to February 15, 1961 when a plane crash outside of Brussels claimed the lives of the entire 1961 United States Figure Skating Team


Boston was devastated as 16 year old Laurence Rochon "Laurie" Owen from Winchester was being touted as a World Champion and possible gold medal winner in the Olympics that would be held in 1964. Laurie had enthralled viewers on watching her win the 1961 National Championship on CBS and the local media just couldn't get enough of her.

The Sports Illustrated on newsstands when the plane crashed had Laurie on the cover.

On Thursday February 17th, US FIGURE SKATING will host a nationwide event at over 500 movie theaters which will include a showing of the movie RISE which documents the crash and the rebirth of the US Figure Skating Team.

A One Night Only Event on February 17th, 2011 hosted by Matt Lauer, co-host of NBC’s TODAY.
A celebration of American figure skating featuring figure skating legends Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan and 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek among others.
An unprecedented gathering of figure skating icons. Never seen before skating performances, the world premiere of RISE, and more….
Limited seats available for this one night event – tickets on sale now!

The tragedy hit The Skating Club of Boston hard as that is where Owen practiced. The club is located on Soldiers Field Road near WBZ. The club never recovered from the crash.

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