Go Figure(skate)!

Hydra back in the days when he had two bendy knees!

Hydra’s the one in the black shirt, Gary’s wearing white.

Per Hydra : “Gary Visconti and Dana Charette trained with coach Don Stewart for more than a decade. From the end of the 1950’s to the end of the 1960’s.  This video clip is from 1967.

“Six months later Gary represented the United States in the 1968 Winter Olympics.  Dana was in Vietnam flying as a scout observer in helicopters.

“The sequence of jumps are: Dana — 2 dble Salchows, Gary – 2 dble Axels, Dana — dble Lutz, Dana — flip jump, Dana – dble flip, Dana dble two Wally, Gary — flying sit change spin, Gary – flying sit change spin in slow motion, Gary — flying camel jump sit combination, and last Dana — dble Axel.”

Pretty cool, huh?

We’ve been talking about skating quite a bit lately, what with the upcoming 50th anniversary of the loss of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team in a plane crash on February 15, 1961.  There’s a one-night theatrical showing of Rise, a film about the team, on February 17th.  We’re going to see it with Hydra’s skating friend Gary and a bunch of others.

Hydra was a competitive figure skater at the time and had met team member Doug Ramsay a couple of times.



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7 thoughts on “Go Figure(skate)!

  1. shuju says:

    That is so COOL!

  2. RuthG says:

    What a priceless part of his past–thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. Redwing says:

    Wow – I can’t even see the ropes or harness!

  4. Cuz Toni says:

    I still remember going to the shows with Dana, Aunt Vi and Uncle Marce skating. Mom, Grandma, Sharon and I loved to watch how Dana skated with ease and precision. More great family memories! Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Sundry says:

    Sharon – LOL! You little stinker!
    Cuz Toni – You must have been in diapers!

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