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    Remembering Laurence Owen

    Here is the first skater I remember .......

    http://i.cnn.net/si/si_online/covers...0213_large.jpg

    Check the little caption "America's most exciting GIRL skater.
    Before Peggy or Janet or Dorothy - she would have been have the first skating "girl" to capture the American public's hearts. More "it" factor than Tenley and Carol combined.

    http://www.wickedlocal.com/wincheste...age/x428361245
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    Thank you Janetfan for the article on Laurence Owen. I was very young and skating at the Detroit Skating Club in 1961. All we little girls knew who she was and wanted to be just like her. She had a very fresh and different look from the stiff hair,formal makeup and structured costumes of the time. More than one of us took her picture to the hairdresser and said "Copy this!" and little pixies popped up all over town.
    She had the same spirit as Janet Lynn a few years later and I always felt that her loss was a loss to the world as well as to figure skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tricia90 View Post
    Thank you Janetfan for the article on Laurence Owen. I was very young and skating at the Detroit Skating Club in 1961. All we little girls knew who she was and wanted to be just like her. She had a very fresh and different look from the stiff hair,formal makeup and structured costumes of the time. More than one of us took her picture to the hairdresser and said "Copy this!" and little pixies popped up all over town.
    She had the same spirit as Janet Lynn a few years later and I always felt that her loss was a loss to the world as well as to figure skating.
    Thanks for sharing that memory Tricia. My older sister was 12 back in '61 and she had done some skating. She idolized "Laurie" and had seen her skate Live.
    I remember the day she came home with her new pixie haircut. It was cute and she was so happy that she thought about getting back to skating again. A few weeks later the plane went down and my sister was so sad and never did skate again.
    I think you are right about Janet. She had many similarities to Laurence from skating style to the natural charisma.

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    Janetfan, who is the skater on the SI cover in your profile, and what is the date? It looks kind of like Peggy, but I can't be sure. Beautiful picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dewey View Post
    Janetfan, who is the skater on the SI cover in your profile, and what is the date? It looks kind of like Peggy, but I can't be sure. Beautiful picture.

    It is former US Natl Champion Laurence Owen, daughter of 9 time US Ladies Champion Mirabel Vincent Owen. Here is a link to the picture.
    http://i.cnn.net/si/si_online/covers...0213_large.jpg

    The date on the magazine is Feb 13, 1961, two days before her tragic death in a plane crash with the rest of the US National Team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    It is former US Natl Champion Laurence Owen, daughter of 9 time US Ladies Champion Mirabel Vincent Owen. For more info you can see message #33 and 34 under "Skaters who creep you out topic." (Laurie never creeped me out )
    Here is a link to the picture.
    http://i.cnn.net/si/si_online/covers...0213_large.jpg

    The date on the magazine is Feb 13, 1961, two days before her tragic death in a plane crash with the rest of the US National Team.
    A dear girlfriend of mine who was a Reporter on SI back in those Time/Life/Sports Illustrated days had interviewed the skaters in Colorado, just before the plane crash. She didn't know the plane had crashed while traveling back to New York. When she learned of it, she went into deep depression that lasted a long time.

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    Yikes Laurence Owen was a horrible example of the SI curse :( That is a beautiful photograph though She was such a lovely looking young woman and a fab skater. I don't think I would have ever recovered over the loss of the whole world team!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    A dear girlfriend of mine who was a Reporter on SI back in those Time/Life/Sports Illustrated days had interviewed the skaters in Colorado, just before the plane crash. She didn't know the plane had crashed while traveling back to New York. When she learned of it, she went into deep depression that lasted a long time.

    Here is a link to a Sports Illustrated photographer's memories of Laurence and the US skater's from 1961. (Under 19th Hole)

    http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.c...7890/index.htm

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    Thank you both. Frank Carroll would have known and trained with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    Here is a link to the picture.
    http://i.cnn.net/si/si_online/covers...0213_large.jpg
    The date on the magazine is Feb 13, 1961, two days before her tragic death in a plane crash with the rest of the US National Team.
    Thats a sad story, i didnt know about it. It becomes sadder when you watch this picture, this girl was extremely beautiful and her pic with this amazing dress is full of life. sad..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dewey View Post
    Thank you both. Frank Carroll would have known and trained with her.
    Yes, Frank Carroll was a student of Mirabel as was OGM winner Tenley Albright.
    Here is a link to an article about the 40th anniversary tribute to the 1961 National team. It had been scheduled months in advance and took place at Madison Square Garden only three weeks after the 9/11 tragedy.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mor...ng_tribute_ap/

    Quote Originally Posted by tarotx View Post
    Yikes Laurence Owen was a horrible example of the SI curse :( That is a beautiful photograph though She was such a lovely looking young woman and a fab skater. I don't think I would have ever recovered over the loss of the whole world team!!
    Here is a link to the infamous Sports Illustrated "Cover Jinx."

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/fea...002/jinx/main/

    (Click on any of the covers to see jinx stories by decade)

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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorita View Post
    Thats a sad story, i didnt know about it. It becomes sadder when you watch this picture, this girl was extremely beautiful and her pic with this amazing dress is full of life. sad..
    Here is a link to a long article, "Shattered Dreams" about the '61 air tragedy with infos about many of the skaters and coaches who were lost.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/package...red_dreams.htm
    Last edited by Tonichelle; 06-17-2009 at 10:40 PM. Reason: merging posts - please use the multi quote feature from now on, thanks :)

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    This has brought back such sad memories for me. Doug Ramsay skated at my club in Detroit. He was 16, an older guy, but he was cute, funny and willing to talk to us so we little girls all had crushes on him. He had won Junior Nationals the previous year and we were thrilled when he placed fourth at the 1961 Seniors. He was the alternate which meant that he would be sent to Prague if someone else could not go. It was unbelievable when Tim Brown had to drop out and Doug took his spot.
    Shortly before he left, I was doing figures right next to him and I wished him good luck. He laughed and said he was going to need it. Both he and his coach Bill Swallendar went to Prague with the US team and were on the plane that day. I think he had incredible potential and might have been a World champion eventually.

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    This story always reminds me of the collection for the USFS Memorial Fund during intermissions at US Nationals in honor of the skaters who died in the 1961 crash. Often the president of USFS , F. Ritter Shumway would skate a compulsory, (AFAIR it was generally one of the waltzes) with his partner Harlene Lee while volunteers circulated through the crowd, collecting donations and giving out little Memorial fund pins. Lee & Shumway competed for a long, long time in adult skating ice dance. Shumway kept skating till just before his death in 1992.

    Shumway was a rather newly minted USFS president in 1961 when the crash occurred.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Ritter_Shumway

    Here's F. Ritter skating an FD with Harlene in 1978

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKYvVSNdmIM

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    Here is the first skater I remember .......

    http://i.cnn.net/si/si_online/covers...0213_large.jpg

    Check the little caption "America's most exciting GIRL skater.
    Before Peggy or Janet or Dorothy - she would have been have the first skating "girl" to capture the American public's hearts. More "it" factor than Tenley and Carol combined.

    http://www.wickedlocal.com/wincheste...age/x428361245
    Thank you! That is one of the best articles I have ever read.
    I'm grateful to anyone who has shared reminiscences in this thread.
    Last edited by skatesindreams; 06-18-2009 at 12:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    This story always reminds me of the collection for the USFS Memorial Fund during intermissions at US Nationals in honor of the skaters who died in the 1961 crash. Often the president of USFS , F. Ritter Shumway would skate a compulsory, (AFAIR it was generally one of the waltzes) with his partner Harlene Lee while volunteers circulated through the crowd, collecting donations and giving out little Memorial fund pins. Lee & Shumway competed for a long, long time in adult skating ice dance. Shumway kept skating till just before his death in 1992.

    Shumway was a rather newly minted USFS president in 1961 when the crash occurred.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Ritter_Shumway

    Here's F. Ritter skating an FD with Harlene in 1978

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKYvVSNdmIM

    Thanks for your thoughts and the article/clip about F. Ritter Shumway. This topic can feel sad - but I think sharing our thoughts is a good way to honor the memory of the '61 skaters, coaches and their families. To forget them would be much sadder.
    Thanks to Tricia for sharing such poignant memories of Doug Ramsay.

    Here is Laurence, age 16 at the '61 US Nationals.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0114A...om=PL&index=13

    It is easy to see what an expressive, musical skater she was and I see so much of Janet Lynn when I watch "Laurie's" beautiful flow over the ice.
    (Not to be missed is the line up of judges as they post the their scores. Not anonymous - but wonder why they are all wearing the same hat?
    Last edited by janetfan; 06-19-2009 at 12:37 PM.

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