Collectible lapel pins from US Figure Skating Championships held in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s Lapel pins have been around for more than a hundred years—showing up in sports, politics, military, business, religion, education, and more—and some say the origins of pins can be traced to the first modern Olympic Games held in 1896 in… Continue reading US Figure Skating Championships Pins: The Early Years.
Profile: 1957 World Figure Skating Championships Pins Some of the finest figure skating pins from World Championships come from events held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the skating mecca in the near-middle portion of the state. It never hurt, either, that those events were held at the famed Broadmoor Ice Palace (later, the World Arena) formerly… Continue reading 1957 World Figure Skating Championships Pins: A Roundup from the Rodeo.
Profile: Lapel Pins from the 1958 European Championships, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia "Behind the Iron Curtain," where one dared never to go, was Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, site of the 1958 European Figure Skating Championships and where a large contingent of the continent's best figure skaters joined for strong competition in late January and early February. Like many other… Continue reading 1958 European Figure Skating Championships Pins: The Bratislava Loop.
Figure Skating Pins Profile: 1956 European Championships Concluding just five days before the 1956 Olympic Winter Games opened in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, the 1956 European Figure Skating Championships in Paris crowned Europe's best skaters during essentially a stopover on their way to Northern Italy. Then, just ten days after the Games concluded, the world's best… Continue reading Paris to Cortina to Garmisch. 1956.
This ribbon from the 1959 U.S. Figure Skating Championships is from the estate of Bill Hickox, who, with his pair skating partner and sister, Laurie, and the entire U.S. figure skating team—and 71 others—perished on February 15, 1961, when Sabena Airlines Flight #548 crashed in Brussels, Belgium, en route to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships scheduled for Prague, Czechoslovakia.