Design by Norbert. 1982.

1982 Junior World Championships at The Netropolitan Museum of Figure Skating Pins

According to an article published in the December 1981 issue of the now-defunct American Skating World magazine, the pin for the 1982 World Junior Figure Skating Championships was designed by Norbert Schramm, the three-time West German champion, two-time European Champion, and two-time world silver medalist who competed internationally from the late 1970s through the middle 1980s. The 1982 World Junior Championships were held in Obertsdorf, West Germany.

The simple, one-color design in red and the material of which the pin is made (likely acrylic) leaves a great deal to be desired, but the pin does reflect the early 1980s. Compare the design and style of the 1982 pin in the gallery below to that of its predecessor issued a year earlier for the 1981 World Junior Championships, held in London, Canada. The difference is significant.

The simple, one-color design in red and the material of which the 1982 World Junior Championships pin is made (likely acrylic) leaves a great deal to be desired, but the pin does reflect the early 1980s.

Two central illustrations anchor the pin: in the upper left is a globe with a superimposed, stylized figure skater in a split jump, and along the bottom third is a traditional skate blade. To the right of the globe motif are the event name, year, and location: “Worlds Junior, ’82, Obertsdorf.” At first glance, the globe and skater illustration easily could be interpreted to be a gymnast, trampoline artist, or another high-flying athlete, but the skate blade quickly clarifies which sport. The pin measures approximately 1-3/8″ x 1″ (3.5 cm x 2.5 cm). Today, it is common for the pin to have heavily yellowed, relinquishing its original off-white background to the unforgiving effects of time. And yet, nearly 40 years later, the pin does what it was meant to do, albeit it humbly: commemorate the 1982 World Junior Championship.

Read other blogs about pins from World Junior Figure Skating Championships: Repeat Performance. 1976, 1977., Three for Three. 1978., and It’s a Zirbelnuss. 1979.

Enjoy Design by Norbert. 1982.


1982 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Pin Gallery

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