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Laurence Owen US Figure Skating Champion 1961 Earlier I posted the Sports Illustrated cover photo of 16-year-old Laurence Owen. Here she is winning the 1961 U.S. championship in Colorado Springs on January 25, 1961--three weeks before she (and the rest of the U.S. team) were killed in a plane crash in Belgium. This was the first time the U.S. Figure Skating Championships were broadcast on network television. (Miss Owen's first name is misspelled on the TV graphic.) Yes, that is the familiar voice of Dick Button providing the commentary--back in 1961!
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Added: 10th April 2009
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-10 
What a quaint way of showing the judges' scores: holding up cards!
Posted by: Classico on 2009-04-10 
What a tragedy that she and the team were lost in that plane crash. She was truly special.

As for the announcer, was that Jim Simpson with Dick Button?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-10 
The other announcer is Bud Palmer. He played pro basketball in the 1940s. Palmer covered a multitude of sports for years. I have some tennis videotapes from the late 1960s and early 1970s in which Palmer does the commentary.
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