July 27: Happy Birthday, Peggy Fleming!
Happy birthday to Peggy Fleming, five-time U.S. figure skating champion and three-time World Champion! Fleming started skating at age 9 and was coached by William Kipp. In 1961, however, Kipp, along with the rest of the U.S. Figure Skating Team, was killed onboard Sabena Flight 548. Her Olympic victory in 1968 boosted morale in the U.S. significantly and was seen as the country's return to figure skating dominance after the tragic events of that flight. It was the only gold medal the American team won in the Grenoble Olympic Games.