Lesser-known greats show rich history of Broadmoor Skating Club's 75 years

August 9, 2013 Updated: August 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm
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Even the most causal of figure skating fans knows of 1968 Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming.

But it is the lesser-known champions who illustrate the rich history of the Broadmoor Skating Club.

A video showcasing the club's history will be shown at a gala dinner Saturday and a luncheon Sunday and promises to make a huge impression on the current competitors, who may not know many of the greats who preceded them.

"It's made me feel so proud to have been a small part of this club," longtime coach Janet Champion said. "They will see this video and see and feel the camaraderie that comes with this club and see how much others before they may not even know about have accomplished. It's going to be inspiring."

Registration for the event is closed with about 250 people from 20 states, Australia, Canada and England expected to attend. The scheduled guests including U.S. national champion Max Aaron, 2012 national pairs champ Caydee Denney, and 2010 Olympian Rachael Flatt.

They will learn about brothers Hayes Alan Jenkins and David Jenkins, two of the lesser-known greats who dominated in the 1950s and early 60s.

Hayes won four straight world championships from 1953-56 and captured gold in the 1956 Cortina Olympics in Italy. David took bronze that year and followed that with three world titles from 1957-1959 before winning the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics.

"For seven years they reigned in the U.S. and in the world," said former skater and gala committee member Debbie Might.

Jill Trenary is also scheduled to attend. She was the first world champion from the Broadmoor club since Fleming, who was the first after eight with ties to the club were killed in the crash of Sabena Airlines Flight 548 while en route to the 1961 world championships in Prague.

It was the darkest moment in the club's history, which began seven months after the opening of the old Broadmoor Ice Palace on Jan. 1, 1938. The club has had world medalists and U.S. national champions in each decade since.

The club has had six Olympic medalists, 11 world senior champs and 47 U.S. senior national titlists.

"The club had its down years and its periods of great success," said Might, whose father Jack was one of the original skaters and was involved as club administrator until his death in 1997.

"But it says so much about the quality of coaches the Broadmoor hired over the years and the talent they attracted that the club has done so well. It really is an achievement."

Past Broadmoor greats

Olympic medalists

Men: James Grogan (silver, 1952); Hayes Alan Jenkins (gold, 1956); David Jenkins (bronze, 1956; gold, 1960)

Women: Peggy Fleming (gold, 1968)

Pairs: Karol and Peter Kennedy (silver, 1952)

Dance: Colleen O'Connor and James Millns (bronze, 1976)

World champions

Men: Hayes Alan Jenkins (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956); David Jenkins (1957, 1958, 1959); Tim Wood (1969 for Detroit SC, 1970 for city of Colorado Springs)

Women: Peggy Fleming (1966 for city of Colorado Springs, 1967, 1968); Jill Trenary (1990)

Pairs: Karol and Peter Kennedy (1950)

U.S. champions

Men: Hayes Alan Jenkins (1953 for Cleveland SC, 1954, 1955, 1956); David Jenkins (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960); Monty Hoyt (1962); Tim Wood (1970 for the city of Colorado Springs); Brian Schmidt (1992, figures); Scott Davis (1993, 1994); Jeremy Abbott (2009); Ryan Bradley (2011); Max Aaron (2013).

Women: Peggy Fleming (1964-65 for Arctic Blades FSC, 1966 for city of Colorado Springs, 1967, 1968); Jill Trenary (1987, 1989, 1990); Rachael Flatt (2010); Kelly Ann Szmurlo (figures in 1991, 1992, 1993)

Pairs: Karol and Peter Kennedy (1948-49 for Seattle SC, 1950, 1951, 1952); Judianne and Jerry Fotheringill (1963, 1964); Rockne Brubaker (with Keauna McLaughlin of Los Angeles FSC) (2008); Caitlyn Yankowskas (with John Coughlin of Kansas City FSC) (2011); Caydee Denny (with John Coughlin of Kansas City FSC) (2012).

Dance: Lorna Dyer and John Carrell (1967); Colleen O'Connor and James Millns (1974, 1975, 1976); Judy Blumberg (with Michael Seibert of ISC of Indianapolis) (1981, 1982); Susan Wynne (with Joseph Druar of Seattle SC) (1989, 1990); Elizabeth Punsalan (with Jerod Swallow of Detroit SC) (1991, 1994); Renee Roca and Gorsha Sur (1993, 1995)

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