U.S. Figure Skating and U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Chair of Electors Dr. Lawrence Mondschein announced today that the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team will comprise the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled to take place Friday, Jan. 28 at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
"It is appropriate that on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the loss of the 1961 World Team that it be the sole inductee into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2011," Mondschein said. "The dreams and hopes of the team have been realized by U.S. skaters at the World Championships, Olympic Winter Games and international skating events around the globe over the past 50 years. The spirit of the 1961 World Team continues to live on today and will be showcased by those skaters vying for national titles at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships."
Included in the inductees are 18 athletes as well as the accompanying coaches, officials, judges and family members who perished on Sabena Airlines Flight 548 en route to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.