Last Updated on August 31, 2023 by Netropolitan Museum
Profile: Lapel Pins – 1990 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, Colorado Springs, Colorado
“What goes around comes around” has never been more appropriate than when it refers to a World Junior Figure Skating Championships held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At least, never more appropriate within the context of branding an event like a Worlds, World Juniors, or Europeans, which historically have had a different look and feel each time. Historically, but not always as we’ll explore in this blog. The 1990 World Junior Figure Skating Championships were held at the Broadmoor World Arena, marking the second time the world junior event had come to Colorado Springs (the first being 1985). The pins issued in 1990 had a familiar look to collectors, and it’s a look that would live on, as time would ultimately show.
Perhaps it was a convenience, a cost-saving measure, or just a desire to create a consistent brand for any Colorado Springs-hosted world junior championship, but the same pin design pulled double duty in 1985 and 1990. Whereas the 1985 World Junior Championships logo pin featuring a globe motif was predominantly blue, the 1990 version was reimagined in green. The multi-color design, on a gold-color base metal with enamel fills, is clean and simple. Varying slightly from the 1985 pin, the “90” for the year in the center is larger and bolder this time around but still sits atop an old-style skate blade anchored by the event venue: “The Broadmoor.” All text and core graphic elements are in gold. Lines of latitude and longitude create movement on the pin and are filled with blue, green, yellow, and red. Around the circumference on the green background are the event year and name: “1990 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.” The pin measures approximately 1″ in diameter (2.5 cm).
The 1990 World Junior Figure Skating Championships were held at the Broadmoor World Arena, marking the second time the world junior event had come to Colorado Springs (the first being 1985).
The second pin, identical to the main logo pin except in size, was produced for and given only to competitors and selected officials of the event, as had been done in 1985. It measures 50% larger, at approximately 1-1/2″ in diameter (3.8 cm). Both pins are shown in the gallery below.
Those in charge of hosting World Junior Figure Skating Championships at the Broadmoor weren’t done yet with reusing the pin design. It made another appearance for the 1994 event but with the main color being changed that time to red. The general design and treatment remained the same from the 1990 version. The 1994 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, held in November 1993, have the distinction of being the last major figure skating event to be held at the original Broadmoor World Arena before it was demolished in March 1994.
Enjoy this week’s figure skating pins blog: 1990 World Junior Figure Skating Championships Pins: What Goes Around Comes Around. And be sure to read the museum story for more information about figure skating pins.
Pins Gallery: 1990 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
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