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Nikki Nichols

Nikki Nichols
Indianapolis, IN

Nikki Nichols is a journalist and competitive figure skater in the adult ranks. Her love of the sport inspired her to write Frozen in Time as a tribute to the skaters, coaches, and officials whose lives were cut tragically short. Nikki Nichols lives in Indianapolis, IN.

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Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team
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Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team
Nikki Nichols


    Frozen in Time presents a deeply researched account of one of the most iconic stories in the history of American sport. Most sports fans have heard the tragic story of the plane crash that killed all the members of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team, and sixteen of their friends, family and coaches, en route to the World Championships in Prague. This account takes readers inside the lives of the skaters, revealing the friendships and romances, the rivalries, sacrifices, and triumphs of the world-renowned competitors.

    The dramatic focus lingers on two families of powerful women: the Owens and the Westerfelds. Maribel Owen, without question the most famous woman in figure skating at the time, relentlessly drives her two young daughters, pairs champion Mara and the spectacular Laurence, who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated on the day she died; Myra Westerfeld, meanwhile, loses her marriage while guiding her daughters Sherri and Steffi to the pinnacle of the sport.

    Author Nikki Nichols also explores the aftermath of the crash. In an unprecedented period in American athletics, the U.S. skating program had lost all of its stars and struggled to rebuild, pushing forward very young competitors, such as Peggy Fleming. But perhaps the most far-reaching effect was the creation of The United States Figure Skating Associationís Memorial Fund, which would provide training grants and scholarships to skaters who would not otherwise be able to afford the sportóamong them Scott Hamilton and other of top skaters.

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