Tulsa figure skating event marked by snowflake-themed lapel pin The 1970 US Figure Skating Championships, staged at the Tulsa Assembly Center, in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the only national figure skating championship ever to be hosted in the Sooner State. In a parallel of sorts to the host state, the pin from the 1970 US… Continue reading 1970 US Figure Skating Championships Pin: Living On Tulsa Time.
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.
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.