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    Dianne de Leeuw actually carried the Dutch flag during the opening ceremony.

    Did de Leeuw actually compete for the United States during the early years or was she just not able to make it on to the team due to the strength in depth?

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    Dianne first competed for the Netherlands/won the Dutch championship in 1971.
    She went to the Olympics in 1972, finishing 16th:

    http://www.sports-reference.com/olym...e-leeuw-1.html

    This article, about the challenges of making the US team in 1976, might be of interest:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...0659/index.htm

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    Wow, thanks for linking the 1976 videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    Dianne first competed for the Netherlands/won the Dutch championship in 1971.
    She went to the Olympics in 1972, finishing 16th:

    http://www.sports-reference.com/olym...e-leeuw-1.html

    This article, about the challenges of making the US team in 1976, might be of interest:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...0659/index.htm
    Thanks for the sports illustrated article, really interesting. I had no idea that Priscilla Hill was also known as "Tinker Bell"

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    Dianne first competed for the Netherlands/won the Dutch championship in 1971.
    She went to the Olympics in 1972, finishing 16th:

    http://www.sports-reference.com/olym...e-leeuw-1.html

    This article, about the challenges of making the US team in 1976, might be of interest:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...0659/index.htm
    Thank you for the last article. So interesting !

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    I have been so swamped I haven't been able to watch or review any of these materials, but am hoping to do so soon, I love these retrospecitves! Thanks so much for putting them together!
    In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.

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    The following video features Dianne de Leeuw receiving an award for having won the silver medal at the 1976 Olympics, followed by a show held in Amsterdam featuring many of medallists from the Olympics:-

    Video

    Here also is a video in 2 parts of an interview John Curry gave in 1976:-

    Part 1, Part 2
    Last edited by Maofan7; 10-25-2012 at 03:41 AM.

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    two tidbits from Canadian skaters:

    1) 3 time national silver medalist Ron Shaver was 6th in figures and 3rd in the short program but withdrew before the long program (and did not compete in Worlds that year in Goteberg)

    2) Lynn Nightingale had been top 5 in every short program and long program segment in 1973/1974/1975 worlds but by 1976, she was seeing herself overtaken in the free skating by ladies with dependable triples (Fratianne and Vodorezova). 9th overall was her lowest result in any Worlds/Olympics, and Canada wouldn't have any top 10 placements until Elizabeth Manley's silver in 1988.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seerek View Post
    two tidbits from Canadian skaters:

    1) 3 time national silver medalist Ron Shaver was 6th in figures and 3rd in the short program but withdrew before the long program (and did not compete in Worlds that year in Goteberg)
    Why did Ron Shaver withdraw before the long program?
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateboy View Post
    Why did Ron Shaver withdraw before the long program?
    As the following article highlights, he tore an adductor tendon in his groin during practice for the free skate and ended up in hospital. He asked for a cortisone injection to enable him to skate his free program, but the doctors refused. The injury was so serious, he remained in hospital for 4 months and it almost ended his skating career. Shame what happened, as he had an outside chance of a medal:-

    http://www.cambridgesportshalloffame...ges/shaver.pdf

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    Thanks, I never knew the details/severity of Ron's injury at the Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    This article, about the challenges of making the US team in 1976, might be of interest:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...0659/index.htm
    That was a fun article to read. Thanks.

    It seemed like Dorothy stopped doing any jump after the bobble on her second 2a. What happened to Priscilla Hill from 76-80? The article said that she was being groomed for the next four years, but she didn't appear on the TV screen again until 1981.

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    Details about Priscilla Hill:

    Priscilla Hill passed her eighth figure test and gold freestyle test at the age of nine, possibly the youngest person ever to do so.
    In 1972, at age 11, she was the youngest senior lady ever to compete at the United States Figure Skating Championships.
    Priscilla Hill - 1978 Worlds LP HQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHEz5iYrGhI

    Thanks to floskate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    That was a fun article to read. Thanks.

    It seemed like Dorothy stopped doing any jump after the bobble on her second 2a. What happened to Priscilla Hill from 76-80? The article said that she was being groomed for the next four years, but she didn't appear on the TV screen again until 1981.
    She missed out her 2sal and 2flip but did do the 2loop after the 2nd double axel. It wasn't even that bad - just a slightly iffy lean on landing. What came of this is that Carlo pretty much just stopped teaching her, spending all his time with John Curry instead and she almost had to beg him to coach her in Innsbruck. She talks in detail about it in her biography. I can't remember exactly how it was resolved but it was sorted and clearly, Carlo's freezing out tactics had the desired effect as she was wonderful in Innsbruck.

    Re: Hill. She started growing and the depth in US ladies back then was huge. She apparently was actually the first woman to land a triple loop in 1975 but I've never seen any video evidence of it. By 1978 that had gone - if it was ever there - but she was still able to do toe and sal. But her new body made her triples very inconsistent and as a result she only made two World teams in '78 and '81. Her quadrennial also saw the emergence of Lisa Marie Allen, Sandy Lenz, Carrie Rugh and Elaine Zayak so she never got to be even 2nd fiddle to Linda Fratianne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    That was a fun article to read. Thanks.

    It seemed like Dorothy stopped doing any jump after the bobble on her second 2a.
    Quote Originally Posted by floskate View Post
    She missed out her 2sal and 2flip but did do the 2loop after the 2nd double axel. It wasn't even that bad - just a slightly iffy lean on landing.
    Here is Dorothy's 1976 US Nationals program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HudUgLIMdW0

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    Has there been speculation as to who tried to run Hamill over in the village? IIRC, she said it was a rival and a coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawnie View Post
    Has there been speculation as to who tried to run Hamill over in the village? IIRC, she said it was a rival and a coach.
    Here is an article which refers to the incident. It simply says:-

    Though she won't identify the alleged assailant, Hamill said that a competing skater and the skater's coach tried to run her down with a car during the 1976 Olympics
    And then there is this article which goes into much more detail. It reads:-

    There was a car that was driving and there weren’t very many cars in the village and I was sort of looking down with my coach Carlo Fassi and this car came straight at us. It wasn’t going to stop. I really didn’t see it, but Carlo did, and he looked up and grabbed me and pulled me across the front and the car went right over where I had been standing an instant later and then I looked up and I saw the two faces,” Dorothy continued. “I’m not going to say who it was. I don’t think anybody was out to kill me or hit me with a car, but it was a competitor and she was with her coach and it was kind of scary and they laughed.”
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    The favorites for gold were Dorothy, Diane, and Christina. So it was either Diane and coach or Christina and coach. My bet is that it was the German

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    The favorites for gold were Dorothy, Diane, and Christina. So it was either Diane and coach or Christina and coach. My bet is that it was the German
    Or Linda Fratianne. But considering she was only nine years old at the time, how ridiculous would she have looked charging at Dorothy and Carlo peddling a Big Wheel?

    http://www.bigwheelrally.com/store/i...-bw-og-400.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by essence_of_soy View Post
    Or Linda Fratianne. But considering she was only nine years old at the time, how ridiculous would she have looked charging at Dorothy and Carlo peddling a Big Wheel?

    http://www.bigwheelrally.com/store/i...-bw-og-400.jpg
    If Linda was nine in 1976, that would make her 13 when she won the silver in Lake Placid?
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

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