1985 World Junior Championships at The Netropolitan Museum of Figure Skating Pins
The 1985 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the famed Broadmoor World Arena, were largely forgettable except for one reason: the emergence of Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov as the gold standard in pairs figure skating. Gordeeva and Grinkov won that event and set themselves on a trajectory to World, European, and Olympic glory that would tragically end far too soon.
Although the event itself is forgettable (The Curator of The Netropolitan attended that event, so first-hand experience applies), the lapel pin issued to mark the occasion is at least competently designed and produced. A number of figure skating pins for major championships over the years have used a globe motif, with the 1985 World Junior Championships being among those, and it is a modern and well-executed interpretation.
Although the event itself is forgettable, the lapel pin issued to mark the 1985 World Junior Figure Skating Championships is at least competently designed and produced.
The multi-color main logo pin, on a gold-color base metal with enamel fills, is clean and simple yet somehow still complex. A medium blue color dominates the pin, including at the center where the event year and facility name appear in gold: “85 The Broadmoor.” An old-style skate blade supports the year atop it. Lines of latitude and longitude create movement and are filled in bright colors of blue, yellow, green, and red. Around the circumference are the event year and name in gold on the blue background: “1985 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.” The pin measures approximately 1″ in diameter (2.5 cm).
A second pin, identical to the main logo pin except in size, was produced for and given only to officials and competitors of the event and measures 50% larger, at approximately 1-1/2″ in diameter (3.8 cm). Both pins are shown in the gallery below.
The 1985 World Junior Championships would be among the final major skating competitions to be contested at the Broadmoor World Arena, on the grounds of The Broadmoor Resort. The arena was demolished in 1994 and a new Broadmoor World Arena built across town in Colorado Springs (although it was originally named Colorado Springs World Arena). So much skating history was lost that day in 1994 when the “real” Broadmoor World Arena met its end.
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1985 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Pin Gallery
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