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Laurence Owen - 1961 United States Ladies Figure Skating Champion

Remembering the 1961 United States World Figure Skating Team

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Laurence Owen - 1961 United States Ladies Figure Skating Champion

Laurence Owen - 1961 United States Ladies Figure Skating Champion

Photo Courtesy of Patty Shelley Bushman's "Indelible Tracings"
On February 15, 1961, a tragic plane crash killed all the members of the U.S. Figure Skating Team. Also, friends, family, judges, officials, and coaches were killed. The skaters were traveling to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Patty Shelley Bushman wrote a book about the team and also has made a website in the team's memory. This photo gallery includes photos from her book "Indelible Tracings" and from her 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team website of some of the people who were killed in that plane crash.

Maribel Vinson Owen was a nine-time national figure skating champion and the coach of champions. She and her two daughters, Laurence and "Little Maribel," were on the plane. Laurence had just won the U.S. Ladies title and her older sister, Maribel, had won the pairs event with partner Dudley Richards.

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