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Daemon
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Entire US Figure Skating Team Killed in Plane Crash (1961)

February 15, 1961, was a dark day in figure skating history. On that day, 72 people, including all 18 members of the US Figure Skating team and 16 family members, coaches, and skating officials, died when their flight from New York to Brussels went down in a field just miles from its destination. A farm worker on the ground also perished. The skaters had been en route to the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. What did the event's organizers do to honor the dead athletes? More...
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Daemon wrote:
Entire US Figure Skating Team Killed in Plane Crash (1961)

February 15, 1961, was a dark day in figure skating history. On that day, 72 people, including all 18 members of the US Figure Skating team and 16 family members, coaches, and skating officials, died when their flight from New York to Brussels went down in a field just miles from its destination. A farm worker on the ground also perished. The skaters had been en route to the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. What did the event's organizers do to honor the dead athletes? More...


Cancelled the championship and created a USFS Memorial Fund.
Christine
Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:01:08 PM
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I love to watch ice skating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0cYfPXxcco
Documentary - the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team & the Saben
Marguerite
Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:21:43 PM

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This article brought back a day in history when I was just a kid and liked to watch and still do the ice skaters with their flimsy squinted costumes with the white skates. Lesson learned: never live near an airport for it is in the departures and arrivals that most problems arise.
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Marguerite wrote:
This article brought back a day in history when I was just a kid and liked to watch and still do the ice skaters with their flimsy squinted costumes with the white skates. Lesson learned: never live near an airport for it is in the departures and arrivals that most problems arise.


I am sure in the Lockerby incident no one was near the airport. But you are right, take-off and touch-down times are the most accidental.
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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 2:31:53 PM
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So sad to see such a tragic crash, but it's good hear when the investigations led to the real causes of the crash so that it won't happen again, well when a boeing is involved in the accident usually things get obscuerd, I don't think the cockpit voice and flight data recorders didn't show enough evidence!
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A film about the event, called RISE, was commissioned by U.S. Figure Skating to celebrate American figure skating and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the accident.[6] RISE was filmed in 2010 and shown in theaters nationwide for one day only: February 17, 2011, with one encore performance on March 7, 2011.[6] The film was shown on the Versus network on October 22, 2011.
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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 10:50:59 PM
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An incredibly tragic loss of life and promise, hope and energy too sorrowful to describe even 53 years after the awful event.

I hope they're all skating in heaven.
Christine
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Absurdicuss wrote:
An incredibly tragic loss of life and promise, hope and energy too sorrowful to describe even 53 years after the awful event.

I hope they're all skating in heaven.


Heaven is cold? Heavens no.
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But Christine, it ain't Heaven if skating conditions aren't perfect.
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