Profile: Lapel Pins – 1986 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Uniondale, New York When you fly into JFK in New York and take a taxi to Uniondale, on Long Island, but your taxi driver gets lost (twice!) on the way—or maybe just pretends to be lost in order to run up the meter on an unsuspecting… Continue reading 1986 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Pins: Lost On Long Island.
The pin made to mark the 1973 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held in Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minnesota, has an all-American look. On a silver-color base metal, red, white, and blue enamels dominate the center pin design that includes a representation of the U.S. flag, a skate boot and blade, and the year, "73."
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.
Contested at the then-new Tulsa Assembly Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 1970 U.S. Figure Skating Championships is the only national championship to date to be hosted by the Sooner State. One and done, it seems. But it was in Tulsa, now more than 50 years ago, that one of the sport’s greatest and most iconic champions, Janet Lynn, claimed the second of her five consecutive national titles.
When the 1958 U.S. Figure Skating Championships were held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in late March of that year, weather history shows that the temperatures were in the 30°F to 35°F range. Although that’s likely nowhere near a record temperature of any kind for Minneapolis, the 1958 Championships still entered the record books as the first national championship to be commemorated with a collectible lapel pin. And a handsome and well-made figure skating pin it is.