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Charlie Tickner - 1978 World Figure Skating Champion

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1978 World Figure Skating Champion Charlie Tickner

1978 World Figure Skating Champion Charlie Tickner

Photo (Of Photo Taken At the World Figure Skating Museum) by JO ANN Schneider Farris

Ice Skating Champion:

U.S. figure skater, Charles "Charlie" Tickner is the 1978 World Figure Skating Champion. He also is a four-time United States men's figure skating champion. He won the national men's figure skating title in 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980.

Olympic Medalist:

In addition to winning the World Figure Skating Championships in 1978, Charlie Tickner won the bronze medal at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games which took place in Lake Placid, New York.

Older Olympic Figure Skater:

Tickner's success in figure skating began when he was slightly older than most male figure skaters. He was twenty-six years old when he competed in the 1980 Olympics, which made him one of the oldest single skaters to compete in the event from the United States at the time.

Date of Birth and Place of Birth:

Charlie Tickner was born on November 13, 1953 in Lafayette, California.

Competition History:

  • 3rd- 1980 Olympic Winter Games
  • 3rd - 1980 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 1st - 1980 US National Figure Skating Championships
  • 4th - 1979 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 1st - 1979 US National Figure Skating Championshps
  • 1st - 1978 World Figure Skatng Championships
  • 1st - 1978 US National Figure Skating Championships
  • 4th - 1977 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 1st - 1977 US National Figure Skating Championships
  • 4th - 1976 US National Figure Skating Championships
  • 3rd - 1975 US National Figure Skating Championships
  • 3rd - 1975 US National Figure Skating Championships

Professional Career:

After the 1980 Olympics, Tickner toured with Ice Capades. He then settled in the northern California area. He coaches figure skating there.

Coaches:

During the time Charlie Tickner's figure skating career peaked, he was coached by Norma and Walley Sahlin in Denver, Colorado. Before he moved to Colorado, he was coached by Skippy Baxter and also Barbara Wagner and James Grogan.

Ups and Downs of Tickner's Skating Career:

Although Charlie Tickner won the U.S. men's figure skating title for four consecutive years and won the world figure skating title, things did not always go smoothly. After winning the world figure skating title in 1978, he placed 4th at the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships. Some say he never hit the peak he reached in 1978.

Known For Having Great Stamina:

Charlie Tickner was known for making a five minute long free skating program look easy. At the 1980 Winter Olympics he included four triple jumps in his performance; the last triple was done near the end of his program. He said the following about his performances: "Skating my five-minute program is like running a four-minute mile." He was known for showing attack and fury when he competed. Judges said he made ice skating look easy.

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