Celebrations for United
States and World Hall of
Tara Lipinski acknowledges
Skating Hall of Fame
newest U.S. Hall of Fame inductee is the youngest ladies figure
skating Olympic champion ever. She received her Olympic
gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
Tara Lipinski was
inducted into the U.S. Hall of Fame at the 2006 State Farm U.S. Figure
Skating Championships on January 13 in St. Louis, Missouri.
A formal reception followed at the Renaissance Grand Hotel's Crystal
Several hundred guests,
including many former National, World and Olympic champions were
present to share this special evening with Lipinski who is currently
pursuing an acting career. In addition to the skating honor she
received, Lipinski was also celebrating an acting role she auditioned
for and landed for the comedy series Malcolm
in the Middle. Lipinski shared both special events
with her parents, Pat and Jack Lipinski.
World Hall of Fame
(left to right) Kurt Browning,
Richard Zamboni, Donald
Inductions into the World Hall of Fame were truly special
this year as inductees from both 2005 and 2006 were honored. The
on-ice ceremony took place March 23rd at the 2006 ISU World
Figure Skating Championships in Calgary,
A reception followed at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Inductees for the current year
included Frank J. Zamboni
(posthumously). In 1949 Zamboni was granted a patent for the
world's first self-propelled ice resurfacing machine. Richard
Zamboni, a current Museum Trustee, accepted the award
for his father.
Also inducted, and of special
importance to Canadian skating fans, was Kurt Browning who earned
the distinction of winning the most championship titles by a Canadian
singles skater with four combined World Championship titles. He
also was a three-time Olympic team member.
Three additional skaters
were honored from 2005. They were Robin Cousins, 1980
men's European and Olympic gold medalist; Donald H. Gilchrist, three-time
Canadian national silver medalist (1940 - 1942), and
administrator at both Canadian and international competitions;
and Tamara Moskvina, former five-time consecutive ladies gold medalist
from the USSR (1962 - 1966), 1969 World Champion pairs silver medalist
and currently renowned international pairs coach.
The U.S. and World Hall of Fame
were established in 1976 to honor individuals who have made
outstanding contributions to figure skating.
acknowledges Susan D. Russell at International
Figure Skating for the use of the Hall of Fame photos.
Receives Foundation Grants and Awards
The Museum has been
fortunate to receive funding from several organizations to support
ongoing efforts and programs.
In January the Museum was awarded a $10,000 Challenge Grant from the
Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado.
The grant will match dollar for dollar (up to the grant limit)
contributions from new donors as well as increased gifts from existing
Funds raised through this grant help support the Museum's programs and
general operations. The grant period runs from January 4, 2006, through
January 3, 2007. Gifts received during this time and designated to meet
the Gay and Lesbian Fund Challenge Grant will be matched dollar for
dollar according to the grant guidelines.
This highly competitive grant recognizes the Museum's contribution to
the region's art and cultural environment and will assist the Museum in
broadening its audience, particularly in Colorado where figure skating has a
long and significant tradition.
Executive Director Brian Alexander also would like to acknowledge The
Pioneer Fund for their contribution of $3,000 to cover the cost for 24
skaters to attend An Evening
with Scott Hamilton to
benefit the Museum at the Coronado Springs Resort in Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida,
on May 5.
The Always Dream Foundation established by 1992 Olympic ladies gold
medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi, has provided the Museum with a $2,000
contribution which will be used for the Museum Film Preservation
The Museum also received a Conservation Assessment Grant from the
Institute for Museum and Library Services. The grant pays the
funds for a conservator to evaluate the overall condition of the
Museum's collections, environment and facility. A
written report is then prepared which identifies conservation
Alexander gratefully acknowledges these contributions that help the
Museum fulfill its mission of building
an understanding of figure skating as an enduring and meaningful
athletic, cultural and artistic endeavor.
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Announces New Trustee and Advisory Council Members
World Figure Skating Museum &
Hall of Fame President Hugh C. Graham, Jr., M.D. is pleased to announce
the following new members to the Museum Board of Trustees and Advisory
Board of Trustees
David D. Dore - Dore has dedicated over 40 years to
International Skating Union (ISU) leadership positions. Dore's
present volunteer positions include being ISU Vice President for Figure
Skating since 2002 and ISU Grand Prix Coordination Group Member.
G. Mondschein - Mondschein is a current International Figure
Skating Judge and holds a volunteer position as Technical Group
Coordinator for U.S. Figure Skating.
Kenneth G. Shelley - Shelley was both men's champion and U.S.
pairs champion with JoJo Starbuck in 1972, as well as an Olympic
competitor in both events that same year. Shelley was
inducted into the U.S. Hall of Fame in 1994.
JoJo Starbuck - Starbuck was pairs champion with Ken Shelley
from 1970 - 1972 and world pairs bronze medalist in 1971 and
1972. Along with Shelley, Starbuck received the Professional
Skaters of the Year award in 1987. Starbuck was inducted into the
United States Hall of Fame in 1994.
Robin Wagner - Wagner was coach and choreographer of 2002
ladies Olympic gold medalist, Sarah Hughes. Wagner was voted
Figure Skating Coach of the Year in 2002 by Professional Skater's
Association, the United States Figure Skating Association and the
United States Olympic Committee.
Ice Follies Exhibit Opens
in Blue Ice Follies line costume worn in 1964.
The story of Ice Follies is unique. It belongs
to both athletics and show business. As the first original all
professional traveling ice show, its record breaking success from 1936
to 1979 sets it apart from other forms of entertainment.
The first Ice Follies
performance was presented in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, on November 7,
1936. As Tulsa
was in the grip of a polio epidemic at that time, churches, schools and
theaters were closed. The brave attendees who showed up for the birth
of the Ice Follies were
few and far between. But an entirely new form of entertainment had been
created that revolutionized skating.
By 1970 over 90 million people had seen Ice Follies, an impressive figure when compared to
the few who turned out in Tulsa
for the show's premiere performance. Though no longer in existence
today, Ice Follies
served as the impetus for the formation of today's ice shows. Costuming
and musical innovations made each season's show better than the last.
The Broadmoor Skating Club of Colorado Springs, Colorado, recently
donated 52 Ice Follies
costumes spanning the time period from 1953 -1976. The Museum is
grateful for the acquisition of this important collection. The
varied pieces give a unique glimpse into the costume changes that
occurred through the years. Currently, six of the costumes from
the collection are displayed in the new Ice Follies exhibit.
2006 Torino Olympic Figure Skating Performances
The DVD's are $19.95 each or
$29.95 for the two-volume set.
unforgettable moments of figure skating's greatest performances on the
new 2006 Olympic figure skating DVD's from Torino, Italy,
offered through Ten Mayflower Productions.
The two-volume set
Volume I: Ladies and Pairs, Volume II: Men's and Ice Dancing with both
short and long programs featured from the medal winners and many more.
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view all videos>
Museum Benefit Gala Celebrates Scott
Scott Hamilton, 1984 Olympic
men's gold medalist, will be roasted by his skating friends on May 5
at the Coronado Springs Resort in Florida to benefit the
Museum. (Kimberly Butler)
The World Figure Skating
Museum and Hall of Fame is hosting a benefit gala honoring 1984
Olympic men's gold medalist Scott Hamilton.
An Evening with
takes place on Friday, May 5, 2006, at the Coronado Springs Resort at
Disney World Orlando, Florida. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with
a cocktail reception and live auction featuring terrific
skating-related items such as the original framed artwork entitled Scott Hamilton Signature
Moves by two-time Olympian and noted sports
artist Roald Bradstock created especially for the Museum
This year for the first
time an online auction is available until April 28 at this site.
A special film
tribute highlighting Scott's extraordinary career will be shown during
dinner. The main event of the evening will be a celebrity roast
of Scott, so get ready for some great entertainment!
The Master of Ceremonies
for this evening of fun is Peter Carruthers, ABC/ESPN
commentator and 1984 Olympic figure skating pairs silver medalist.
Other celebrities tentatively scheduled as of this date include:
1948 and 1952 Olympic men's gold medalist Dick Button; Eight - time
British National champion Steven Cousins; 1992 Olympic ladies gold
medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and ABC Sports Producer/Director Doug
Wilson. Bruce Jenner, 1976 Summer Olympic gold medalist in
decathlon will round out the entertainment.
Tickets are $125 at the
Supporter level and $250 for the Patron level. Join us at the
Patron level and enjoy a special pre-event cocktail reception to meet
Scott and receive premium seating at the dinner.
Proceeds from the
benefit help support the programs of the World Figure Skating Museum
and Hall of Fame. In 2006 the Museum will be working to make its
collections accessible to more audiences through traveling exhibitions
and new online programs, acquiring significant skating collections and
initiating work to conserve the costume and historic film collections.
There's still time to
reserve a place for this exciting event. We hope to
see you in Orlando
for a great evening of memories and fun celebrating Scott's career and
benefiting the Museum.
here to download the response card or call (719) 488-5654 for more
Auction Items Available Online this Year
Bid now on a chance to have Scott Hamilton record a
personal message on your answering machine. An autographed
photo of Scott is also included.
Can't make it to Orlando or just
can't wait to bid on items that will be available at the live
auction during An Evening with
Scott Hamilton? The Museum's Annual Silent Auction
is available online until April 28 for early bidding. Please
click the link below to visit our auction website to learn
how easy it is to participate and help the Museum at the same time.
Bid on many
terrific items, including a New
York City Super Skating Getaway package. It includes
a rare opportunity for two guests to stay two nights in Manhattan at the
recently renovated boutique hotel, Inn
at Irving Place, after a skating lesson and relaxing
rink-side dinner at the Rock Center Cafe with three-time national pairs
champions (1970 - 1972) JoJo Starbuck and Ken
Or, for wine connoisseurs, check out
the autographed bottles of wine by 1968 ladies gold medalist Peggy
Fleming. The wine is especially appealing because it comes from
the Fleming-Jenkins Vineyards and Winery owned by Fleming and her
husband, Greg Jenkins.
Please let your friends
know about the auction. It's a great way to have fun and help the Museum
continue to reach its goals. The online auction is open through
April 28. The auction then continues live at 2006 Governing
Council beginning May 4. Absentee bidding is available through
the Museum's auction website site if you can't join us in Orlando.
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Museum highlights at the 2006 State Farm U.S. Figure
Cover, visitor services
coordinator, talks to competition attendees at the Museum booth about
The Museum offers
programs for skating enthusiasts.
Hines promotes new figure skating book
Calla Urbanski, 1992/1993 U.S. pairs champion with Rocky
Marval, enjoys a moment from the competition to meet Jim Hines.
comprehensive history of figure skating in over 40 years.
Museum hosts Four Continents ISU
Guests in the Hall of Fame Exhibit.
With on-going efforts to
achieve a worldwide presence, the Museum hosted a breakfast/open house
for approximately 100 event officials from 13 countries during the
2006 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships held
in January at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Many guests had never had the
opportunity to visit the Museum and were impressed by the depth of the
collections and exhibits.
Museum Gift Shop
ISU Guests view gift shop items after touring the
ISU guests enjoyed the varied
selection of handcrafted items available from local artisans at the
Museum Gift Shop. Popular items from the shop included
custom-made 14-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry based on the
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view the Museum's jewelry collection>