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Subject: Ron Ludington, 1960 Olympic pairs figure skating bronze medalist and prominent coach

He was 85
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Date Posted: Friday, May 15, 08:09:02pm

Ron Ludington, an Olympic figure skating medalist who went on to a long career coaching other Olympic medalists, has died at 85.

The World Figure Skating Hall of Famer’s own skating career was in pairs, winning four national championships in a row from 1957 to 1960 with his partner and then-wife Nancy Ludington. The Ludingtons also earned a bronze medal at the 1959 world championships before their ultimate triumph the next year, a bronze medal at the Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley 1960. They are one of six U.S. pairs teams ever to medal at the Games.

That was the last year of competitive skating for Ludington, who then began a coaching career back in his native New England. Among the skaters he coached were Kitty and Peter Carruthers, who won the Olympic silver medal in pairs at Sarajevo in 1984. In 1987, Ludington became the director of the University of Delaware’s Ice Skating Science Development Center. He held the position for 23 years, retiring in 2010 but continuing to coach skaters at the center. At the time, Ludington had coached skaters in nine consecutive Olympic Winter Games.

Delaware has since become one of the country’s top training centers for skating. 2014 Olympian Nathan Bartholomay was one of the many skaters to work with Ludington over the years at Delaware, and posted a tribute to social media late Thursday.

“He had such a wealth of knowledge to offer to anyone who was there in front of him,” Bartholomay wrote. “I consider myself very lucky to have worked with him for many years.”

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.


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