Profile: Lapel Pin – 1988 Skate America, Portland, Maine For the second time in three years, Portland, Maine, was site of the Skate America event, serving as an official kick-off to the post-Olympic season in late 1988. Like its predecessor competitions, the 1988 Skate America event prominently featured the familiar red and blue event pictogram—a… Continue reading 1988 Skate America Pin: Another Maine Event.
For only the second time in its short history, Skate America was held in a state other than New York. Top competitors from around the world gathered in Portland, Maine, for the 1986 Skate America event. That Skate America was also the first major figure skating competition to be held in the northernmost New England state.
Figure skating's best traveled to the Pacific Northwest in early February for the 1978 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held in Portland, Oregon. Commemorating the national event was a small, round pin that has earned a certain distinction. The soft, uncoated silkscreen finish is perhaps the most delicate ever used in production of a pin for a major championship.