Attached is a link to a moving website dedicated in memory to the 1961 United States World Figure Skating Team - all of whom perished in a tragic airplane crash enroute to the 1961 World Championships, which were to have been held in Prague. Aside from the 18 members of the US team, numerous coaches, family members, and friends lost their lives - along with the crew and other passengers.
The ISU cancelled the Worlds that year as a sign of mourning for the lost American figure skating team.
In a statement issued from the White House, President John F. Kennedy said, "This disaster has brought tragedy to many American families, and it is a painful loss to the international community of sports as well. Our country has sustained a great loss of talent and grace that had brought pleasure to people all over the world."
May these wonderful young skaters - the best and the brightest of their generation in the US - rest in peace.