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An Interview With Colleen O'Connor & Jim Millns and Their Coach Doreen Denny

By October 4, 2012

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Doreen Denny, Sarah Fuller (Jim's Student), Jim Millns, and Colleen O'Connor - September 22, 2012

When I was a child, I heard about a magical place called "The Broadmoor." I thought it was a far away fairy tale figure skating wonderland in fact!  The photos in SKATING Magazine made The Broadmoor look almost magical. Like many young figure skaters, I wanted to go to The Broadmoor to skate and train.

My wish came true when I was accepted, by the famous ice dance coach, Doreen Denny, who was the main coach of the Broadmoor World Arena's ice dance program, to be one of her elite ice dancing students. At that time, she was coaching and training US Ice Dance Champions and soon to be Olympic Bronze Medalists, Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns.

It was thrilling to be chosen to be part of Doreen's ice dance program.   Those of us who trained under Doreen Denny at The Broadmoor at the same time as Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns not only were able to skate and train with champions, but O'Connor, Millns, and Denny made history since the 1976 Olympic bronze medal was the first ever in ice dancing for the USA.

In late September of 2012, the O'Connor-Millns-Denny trio came together again at the 2012 National Solo Dance Championship. I spent some time interviewing them at the competition. I learned more details of how the 1976 Olympic bronze medal in ice dancing came about ...read more

Doreen Denny, Sarah Fuller (Jim's Student), Jim Millns, and Colleen O'Connor: September 22, 2012 - Photo Courtesy Jim Millns

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