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Entire U.S. Figure Skating Team Killed in 1961 Plane Crash

In 1961, 18 members of the American figure skating team, which included the nation's top figure skating talent, all died when their plane crashed for the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships in Prague. It was a world-shattering event in the sporting world, and figure skating was never quite the same in the United States.

We Are The Champions
The 1961 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and naturally, the United States wanted to send its national team to showcase its talented skaters to the rest of the world. This included 16-year-old Lawrence Owen, who had just won the US Figure Skating Championships and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated; Her 20-year-old sister, Maribel, is a U.S. National Pairs Champion; his mother and coach, an Olympic bronze medalist; and Maribel's pairing partner, Dudley Richards. In addition to the Owen clan, Olympic medalists Gregory Kelly, Steffi Westerfeld, and Rod Lee Michelson and champions Bradley Lord, Dee Dee Sherbloom and Larry Pierce also boarded the flight to Prague.

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