The 1980 U.S. Olympic figure skating team dazzled the crowd and competition judges en route to Charles Tickner’s bronze medal in men’s figure skating and Linda Fratianne’s Olympic women’s singles silver medal.
A 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Figure Skating Reunion Gala has been set for Tuesday, February 18th at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.
The event will begin with a dinner at 7 pm. At 8 pm, the 20-member Northern Lights Ensemble, directed by Helen Demong, mother of Bill Demong, the 2010 Nordic Combined Olympic champion, performing the National Anthem. Forty area skaters will take part in a group performance to the Olympic Fanfare, while many of the region’s youngest ones, ranging in ages from 3-6, will skate to In Summer, from the Disney movie Frozen.
Madison Chock and Evan Bates will also make their first public performance since winning the ice dance gold medal at the prestigious ISU Four-Continent Championship in Seoul, South Korea. The two will perform their free dance “Snake Charmer,” which has more than 1.2-million views on Youtube.
Hamilton, Fratianne and Tickner are three members of the famed skating team to return to Lake Placid to be a part of the special 40th anniversary celebration of the XIII Olympic Winter Games. Others returning to the two-time Olympic village to re-live their memories of 40 years ago include Tai Babilonia, David Santee, Sandy Lenz Jackson, Caitlin Carruthers Conrad and Peter Carruthers, Sheryl Franks and Michael Botticelli, Lisa-Marie Allen and Stacey Smith, and John Summers. Former U.S. figure skating president, Hugh Graham, coach Frank Carroll and U.S. team leaders, Claire Ferguson and Paul George will also be a part of the celebration.
Other skaters in the Tuesday evening gala lineup include current U.S. pair champions Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy Leduc, along with U.S. champion Ryan Bradley. Guests can also expect a multi-media presentation and discussion with the members of the famed 1980 team, hosted by Wylie, who will also take to the ice with two-time Olympian Karen Courtland-Kelly,
On-ice Gala Dinner Tickets remain available for $980 per table or $125 per person. Corporate sponsorship tables are also available. Call (518) 302-5397.
General Admission Tickets for the “Dream On” skating show can still be purchased for just $19.80 and are available online, by phone at (518) 523-3330 and at the Olympic Center Box Office.
The Lake Placid Olympic Center is located at 2634 Main Street, Lake Placid.
Photo of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team Photo, courtesy United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).