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Doomed Figure Skater Laurence Owen Sixteen-year-old Laurence Owen was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on February 13, 1961. Two days later she and the entire U.S. figure skating team perished when their Boeing 707 crashed near Brussels, Belgium. None of the 72 persons on board survived. The team was en route to Prague, Czechoslovakia for the world championships. Owen was the reigning U.S. and North American champion. Among those also killed were Owen's mother, Maribel, and her sister, also named Maribel.
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Added: 10th April 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Steve on 2009-04-10 
Sports Illustrated has been know for their jinxes. Even SI's own writer Alexander Wolff wrote about this:

In investigating virtually all of SI's 2,456 covers, we found 913 jinxes -- a demonstrable misfortune or decline in performance following a cover appearance roughly 37.2 percent of the time. One of the most fascinating things we discovered seemed to buttress Loehr's contention that the Jinx is more likely to strike athletes in fine-motor-skill sports like golf and tennis than smashmouth sports like boxing. Golfers were jinxed almost 70 percent of the time and tennis players after more than 50 percent of their appearances, while boxers suffered barely 16 percent of the time.

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for the full article which was very interesting.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-10 
There is also the theory that to be on the cover of SI you have to have achieved excellence--a pinnacle of sorts. Therefore it is only natural to suffer a decline after reaching a peak.
Posted by: Classico on 2009-04-10 
Sad but true. My favorite of the SI jinx is how beautiful Anna Kournikova reached her peak in tennis by winning a doubles tournament with Martina Hingis in 1979. A few months later, she appeared on SI's cover and immediately hurt her back. Her career never recovered after that.
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