Fleming, Peggy

Fleming, Peggy

▪ American athlete
in full  Peggy Gale Fleming 
born July 27, 1948, San Jose, California, U.S.

      American figure skater (figure skating) who dominated world-level women's competition from 1964 through 1968.

 Fleming began skating at age nine. She worked with many coaches, including Carlo Fassi (Fassi, Carlo), who would eventually guide her to an Olympic gold medal.

      The United States dominated men's and women's figure skating in the 1950s, but in 1961 a plane carrying the United States team to the world championship crashed outside of Brussels, Belgium. On the plane were skaters, their families, and coaches, including Bill Kipp, who coached a young Peggy Fleming. Fleming became one of the brightest hopes to restore the United States to its former prominence in skating.

      Fleming won the first of five consecutive U.S. women's championships in 1964. Her first Olympic appearance, at the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, earned her a sixth-place finish. In the North American title competition, she finished second (1965) and then first (1967). After a third-place performance at her first world championship in 1965, she placed first for three consecutive years (1966 through 1968).

      The year 1968 was to produce Fleming's crowning achievement. The Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, France, were televised live and in colour for the first time. Strongly associated with that broadcast is the image of Fleming, who was rewarded for her exceptional grace and artistic expression on the ice, as she won the only gold medal the United States earned at the 1968 Olympics.

      Fleming turned professional in 1968 and performed with the Ice Capades, Holiday on Ice, Ice Follies, and other skating shows. She also performed in many television specials, and she won two Emmys for her programs. Her 1973 television special was the first joint production by Soviets and Americans that was filmed entirely in the U.S.S.R. She continued to be in demand for corporate endorsements decades after she won the Olympic gold medal. She was also a much-sought-after public speaker. She remained in the public eye most prominently as a television commentator for national and international figure-skating competitions. She coauthored (with Peter Kaminsky) The Long Program: Skating Towards Life's Victories (1999).

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