Rosalynn Sumners

martipellow2

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Rosalynn Sumners is a former U.S. Ladies figure skater. She was born on 20 April 1964 in Palo Alto, California. She is the silver medalist of the 1984 Winter Oympic Games in Sarajevo, the 1983 World Champion, a three time U.S. National Champion (1982-84) and the 1980 World Junior champion.

After the 1984 Olympics she joined the joined Disney on Ice and subsequently the Stars on Ice tour, where she was one of the original cast members and with which she appeared until 1999. From 1984 to 1993 she competed in the World Professional Championships in Landover. In 1986 she won the Challenge of Champions. She also won several other professional competitions.

In 2001 Rosalynn was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

On April 24, 2004, she married IMG vice president Bob Kain.

Last updated on 23 July 2019 by Mohacz​


Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalynn_Sumners

Programs and Videos
1983/1984
SP:
LP: "Amazing Grace" by Hubert Laws

XIV Winter Olympic Games Sarajevo 19841984 U.S. National Championships
1982/1983
SP: no information found
LP: "Ballet Suite No. 3 (Arr. L. Atovmyan for Orchestra): IV. Elegy" by D. Shostakovich / "La gazza ladra: Overture" by L. Bernstein

1983 World Championships1983 U.S. National Championships1982 Skate America1982 Skate Canada
1981/1982
SP: no information found
LP: "Il turco in Italia: Ouverture" by George Szell

1982 World Championships1982 U.S. National Championships
1980/1981
SP: no information found
LP: "Thais: II. Meditation (arr. for flute and piano)" by J. Massenet / "Il turco in Italia: Ouverture" by George Szell

1981 U.S. National Championships1980 Skate Canada
1979/1980
SP: no information found
LP: no information found

Results


EventCFSPLPFR
1983/1984
XIV Winter Olympic Games Sarajevo 19841522
1984 U.S. National Championships1221
1983 Golden Spin of Zagreb


2
1982/1983
1983 World Championships1411
1983 U.S. National Championships2111
1982 NHK Trophy--222
1982 Skate America


1
1982 Skate Canada International


3
1981/1982
1982 World Championships11456
1982 U.S. National Championships


1
1981 Skate Canada International


2
1980/1981
1981 U.S. National Championships


4
1980 Skate America


4
1979/1980
1980 World Junior Championships


1
1979 Skate Canada


5

Articles, Interviews and Other Media
1 February 2018 - Rosalynn Sumners: TSL's Interview with the 1983 World Figure Skating Champion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRJS93pngkE
Award given to Rosalynn Sumners at the Snohomish County Sports Hall Of Fame inaugural ceremonies 0n 09.23.2010 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qhH5K-x960
Bremerton Ice Arena with Rosalynn Sumners - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFSOaPWozaw
Profile on Rosalynn Sumners (USA) - 1984 Sarajevo, Figure Skating, Ladies' Long Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF0BDlHnFjA
1983 Rosalynn Sumners - Campbell's Soup Commercial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqKY813bpoI

Shows, Exhibitions and Professional Competitions
2001 Divas On Ice - "I Said You Lied" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkeVeVxeH6k
2001 Divas On Ice - Rosalynn Sumners and Yuka Sato skate to "They Can't Take That Away From Me" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKC2-3QlzzE
2000 Divas On Ice - "Crush" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AWRraPKn3k
1999 Starskates - "Hit me with a hot note" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCCyG5oXCaw
1999 Divas on Ice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NisiQ4oiApU
1999 Divas on Ice Sumners, Kadavy, Gordeeva - "Pick yourself Up" from Mrs Elvis Costello - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im1bOXSJCLo
1998/99 Stars On Ice 13 - "After All These Years" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_5y50GGhrc
1998 ImprovIce - "I Can't Stand The Rain" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgI1KG5H3As
1998 Great Skate Debate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmXu4m6IcpA
1997 Canadian Stars On Ice: The Red Hat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSxdo_yZObI
1996 "My Favorite Things" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_esAu8Lhyw
1996 Ladies professional Championship - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHX6aJBh3Vs
1995 "Warm Air" Riders Championship - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSe9AcRG_fI
1995 Vail Skating Festival - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_noX0_LCQ60
1995 Fox RocknRoll - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKJahYm55js
1994 U.S. Pro-Am Figure Skating Championships, Ladies' Artistic Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lad-QLCH63A
1994 Canadian Professionals, Ladies' Artistic Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_1kTu8gOEs
1994 North American Open, Ladies' Artistic Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxv7VnEf7d0
1994 North American Open, Ladies' Technical Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAiBm4hfLBU
1992 Pro-Am Figure Skating Challenge, Ladies' Technical Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UOdiOrTI7s
1992 Pro-Am Figure Skating Challenge, Ladies' Artistic Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-OoRVrrBK0
1991 U.S. Open Professionals, Ladies' Artistic Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCRR0h1fFtA
1989 World Challenge of Champions, Ladies Event - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hc3Mfpb0zs
1988 World Professionals, Ladies' Artistic Program - "Walk Like an Egyptian" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znfsfcILf5U
1986 World Challenge of Champions, Figure Skating, Ladies' Event - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwvUyHdFdh4
1986 World Pros TP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V40eN9Y8Pdw
1985 World Challenge of Champions, Ladies Event - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDh0q3suO6Y
Divas On Ice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do6D6kRcbd0
"Black Velvet" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AS1tKniT6Q
Rosalynn Sumners - "Remember Me This Way" ("Celebration of a Life") - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qFq3ekMi1c

Excerpt from the OP by martipellow2
I have always been a great admirer of Rosalynn Sumner's skating. There are a few gaps in my knowledge of her career. I wonder if anyone saw her perform at the 1981 Skate America where she finished fourth. She once gave an interview where she said she landed five triples in that competition and I wondered what they were. I heard she was capable of doing the lutz. I also wondered what jumps she landed at the 1982 NHK Trophy where she finished second to Katarina Witt. And most intriguingly, what happened to her at the 1983 Zagreb Golden Spin where she finished second to Sandra Dubravcic? She must have missed a lot of her jumps. Does anyone have any details? Any knowledge much appreciated. I wish she would write an autobiography.
 
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martipellow2

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For fans of Rosalynn Sumners, I found this rare video of her at 1981 Nationals where I believe she finished fifth. Fourth or fifth. It's a bit blurry but still gives you a good feel for the program. She had more technical content here than she did at the 1984 Olympics. Maybe even a better program

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZUrhwhIkNU

Sorry here's the link
 

essence_of_soy

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Jan 22, 2004
Great thread.

I liked Rosalynn's skating when she was an eligible athlete, but was entranced by her professional artistic range and output. Especially the years she skated at the World Professional Championships in Landover (which I was fortunate enough to see in person, twice).

Here is my favourite performance from Ms Sumners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V40eN9Y8Pdw
 

Ross74

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Oct 8, 2015
Wow, has it really been 35 years? I remember really liking Rosalynn back then and thought of her as a very complete skater. essence_of_soy, I was also at a number of the Landover competitions but I don't remember if I saw Rosalynn. I must have, but those competitions got to be so long, my brain turned to fuzz.

Thanks for the links!
 

essence_of_soy

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Wow, has it really been 35 years? I remember really liking Rosalynn back then and thought of her as a very complete skater. essence_of_soy, I was also at a number of the Landover competitions but I don't remember if I saw Rosalynn. I must have, but those competitions got to be so long, my brain turned to fuzz.

Thanks for the links!

The two times I went, competition didn't finish until well after midnight! Must have been tough on the skaters to compete two programs back to back as well.

Landover was eventually split into two consecutive evenings, as a result of this, I guess.
 

Mohacz

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Jan 24, 2006
I've just updated Rosalynn's OP. I've added table results, bio and program information and as many videos as I could find. Enjoy :)
 
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labgoat

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I always thought Rosalynn had a lot of connecting steps into her jumps and spins in the later parts of her programs often to very musical, crowd pleasing music. I wondered if this was a reflection of her expertise in figures. I felt that she would have gotten excellent transitions and connecting steps scores in today's scoring system.
 
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