With a long and storied history of hosting major winter sports events—from speed skating to skiing to hockey to bobsledding to figure skating—Lake Placid, New York, rolled out the red carpet in mid-February for the nation's premiere figure skating event, the 1965 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Held in Edmonton, Alberta, at the Royal Glenora Club, a private sports and social club, the 1963 Canadian Figure Skating Championships were marked by a high quality, multi-color pin in enamel. The crown motif atop the pin hints of royalty, and over the club’s 60-year history, it certainly can boast about figure skating royalty having trained at its skating center.
Just months before Berlin was divided into East and West by the Berlin Wall, the 1961 European Figure Skating Championships were contested in that city from January 26–29. Does the stark design of the pins produced for this championship reveal something about Germany itself at the time? Perhaps, for the black and white palette easily could be seen as a metaphor for the ongoing political and cultural strife.
Even before the 1964 Olympic Winter Games opened in Austria, a dress rehearsal for the 1968 Olympic Winter Games, still more than four years away, was already taking place in Grenoble, France: the 1964 European Figure Skating Championships. Although the event results were unspectacular, the event truly outdid itself with an artistic and high quality pin. Seasoned collectors agree that the 1964 Europeans pin is among the most beautiful—if not the most beautiful—issued for a European Championship.
The 1967 World Figure Skating Championships had the distinction of being the last to be skated outdoors. Although the weather was cold, rainy, and miserable in Vienna, the skating was (mostly) exceptional. Perhaps a lesser known distinction is that the event was commemorated with a significant number of lapel pins, primarily issued to competitors, event officials, media, and coaches.