Quote Originally Posted by thisthingcalledlove
Imagine, though, what direction our program would be if the crash hadn't happened. There may have been no Peggy, Dorothy...
Say what? I have to respectfully disagree with you on this. Peggy Fleming may not have won the US title at the age of 15 in 1964; indeed, she may not have won any major titles until several years later, but who knows for sure? Perhaps she would have won her five US, three World and the 1968 Olympic gold medal anyway, plane crash or no plane crash.

As for Dorothy Hamill, she came along many years after the crash. I don't think she was at all affected by this tragedy.

Coincidentally, of course, both Fleming and Hamill were coached by Carlo Fassi, who came to the US after the 1961 plane crash to help train American skaters. Still, even if Fassi had not come to America, I suspect that Peggy and Dorothy would still have become champions. They were not to be denied!