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Rosalyn Sumners

Figure Skating

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Growing up in Edmonds, Rosalyn Sumners began skating at age 7 at Sno-King Ice Arena in Lynnwood. She would begin practices at 5 a.m. and skate six to eight hours a day for the next 12 years. In 1980 she won the World Junior Figure Skating title and then in 1982 proceeded to win the first of three consecutive U.S. National Championships.

During 1983 at the age of 18, she had one of her best years as she won Skate America and was crowned as the World Figure Skating Champion. One year later at the age of 19, she won a silver medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, finishing second to Katarina Witt by one-tenth of a point. After her Olympic medal and World Championship title, she was honored in her hometown of Edmonds by having Fifth Avenue in Edmonds renamed “Rosalyn Sumners Boulevard” as well as being name “Honorary Mayor of Edmonds”.

Shortly after returning home from the 1984 Winter Olympics, Rosalyn began a professional figure skating career by joining Disney of Ice. Later she became one of the original cast members of Scott Hamilton’s Stars on Ice. She skated for 13 years with Stars on Ice and her professional career spanned a total of 15 years. She retired in 1999. In 2001, Rosalyn was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

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