WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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A Strong Skating Community Here in Boston "Boston is a city rich in figure skating history that has always embraced this sport," explains Boston native and Wellesley resident Paul George, who competed with his sister Elizabeth in three National Championships. The Georges trained with acclaimed coach Maribel Vinson Owen at the Skating Club of Boston. Sadly, their beloved coach and the entire 1961 US figure skating team, many of whom were dear friends, died on February 15, 1961 in a plane crash en route to the World Championships in Prague. Under the guidance of two European coaches, the surviving US skaters persevered. The tragedy ramped up the Georges' commitment to their sport and the brother and sister team went on to be the 1962 US Junior Pair Champions, the 1962 Eastern US Sectional Senior Pair Champions, as well as achieve their Gold Test in Pairs. Signaling a return of American figure skating on the world stage after the horrific 1961 plane crash, in 1968, three-time World Champion Peggy Fleming won an Olympic gold in Grenoble, France. 70 2016 World Figure Skating Championships W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 "Figure skating is a complex sport. It requires technical skills, physical and mental strength, aerobic stamina, as well as the grace to emphasize the beauty of athletic movement." — Pa u l G e o r g e , f o r m e r c o m p e t i t i v e s k a t e r a n d U S O l y m p i c C o m m i t t e e M e m b e r top: Paul George and his sister and skating partner, Elizabeth; bottom: Chuck Foster, President of US Figure Skating and Paul George, Vice President of the US Olympic Committee, presenting Michelle Kwan with the US Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Year award in 2003; left: Paul George walking with the US Olympic delegation as Chef de Mission in Nagano, Japan at the opening procession

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