U.S. Figure Skating, World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame Announce 1961 U.S. World Team Exhibit

(2/4/11) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the dedication of a new World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame exhibit spotlighting the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating World Team and the 50th anniversary of the Sabena Airlines flight 548 crash that took the lives of all 34 team members onboard who were en route to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, U.S. Figure Skating executive director David Raith and Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO Doug Price will officiate a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the "1961 U.S. World Team Legacy" exhibit.

"This exhibit is a fitting tribute to the 1961 U.S. World Team on the eve of the 50th anniversary," Raith said. "The exhibit not only honors the Team, but also emphasizes the importance of honoring their legacy through the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund."

To accommodate the outpouring of worldwide donations, U.S. Figure Skating established the Memorial Fund shortly after the crash. The mission of the Memorial Fund is to provide qualified U.S. figure skaters in need of financial aid with assistance to pursue their goals inside and outside the competitive arena.

"Fifty years ago, a devastating tragedy took place with the loss of 34 members of the U.S. World Figure Skating team along with 38 other passengers," Price said. "I am honored to be present for this special tribute to those who lost their lives. I am also pleased that this tribute will be evident to residents and visitors through this new exhibit at the World Figure Skating Museum."

The 1961 U.S. World Team was posthumously inducted as the Class of 2011 into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame at the 2011 AT&T U. S. Figure Skating Championships.

Patty Bushman, author of the newly-released Indelible Tracings, which recounts the stories of the 1961 Team members, will be on-hand for a book signing. Joining Bushman will be current members of Team USA, who will be signing autographs.

To view the complete grand-opening schedule, please visit www.worldskatingmuseum.org/61_exhibit.htm.

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