At Least the Shape is Nice. 1955.

Triangle shapes are not often used for figure skating pins, making the one that commemorates the 1955 World Figure Skating Championships somewhat unique for this reason. But the pin stands out for another, less stellar, reason: the lightweight alloy from which it is made. The pin is decidedly not the calibre of those seen for previous World Championships, nor is it a particularly good representative of the fine city of Vienna, where the event took place at the famed Wiener Eislauf-Verein (Viennese Skating Club). Pins from earlier and later figure skating events held in Vienna are exceptionally well done (see blog links below).

A River Runs Through It. 1957.

Not all figure skating pins are either notable or memorable, which are common criticisms offered here at The Netropolitan. Neither of these criticisms, nor any others, can be said of the pin that marks the occasion of the 1957 European Figure Skating Championships, a large and impressive specimen that reflects the importance of the event.

Inclement Weather. 1967.

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.

The Bronze Age. 1925.

At the 1925 World Figure Skating Championships, which took place for men and pairs in February of that year in Vienna, Austria, it was a banner championship for the host country, with Austrian skaters taking gold in both disciplines contested. The raid on world figure skating medals by Austria didn't stop there. Austrian men also… Continue reading The Bronze Age. 1925.

A Study in Contrast. 1979.

When Vienna, Austria, hosted the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships, 12 years had passed since the sport's top event had been last contested in the Austrian capital. Times had changed. The 1967 World Championships were skated outdoors. The 1979 event was held in an indoor sports and convention center. The 1967 Worlds did not have… Continue reading A Study in Contrast. 1979.