Five Wonderful Years of Skating Together:
Darlene Streich Gilbert and Charles Fetter teamed up in the early 1960s. They skated together for five years.
Darlene reflects, "I must say I always loved skating with Charles Fetter. His personality is amazing and he always put me in a good mood!"
Coaches and Training:
Danny Ryan was Streich and Fetter's first coach. After Ryan died in the tragic 1961 plane crash that too the lives of the entire US world figure skating team, they trained under Ron Ludington in Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.
The team won Midwestern Bronze Dance, Midwestern Silver Dance and placed 2nd at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships their second year in Silver Dance. In 1964, Darlene Streich and Charles Fetter won the U.S. Gold Dance title and competed in the World Figure Skating Championships.
Memories From the 1964 World Figure Skating Championships:
Darlene reflects, "Worlds was exciting, but I will never forget seeing competitors smoking in the lobby of the arena. What a different time, huh?"
Both Darlene and Charles went on to teach skating. Darlene coaches in southern California and Charles coached in Sun Valley, Idaho and on the east coast. After a long battle with cancer, Charles Fetter passed away in August of 2014.