Four to Be Inducted into U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame
(1/10/08) - The World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame announced the induction of four individuals into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2008 inductees are Janet Gerhauser Carpenter and Paul Wylie (Class of 2007) and Charles A. DeMore and Todd Eldredge (Class of 2008).
The U.S. Hall of Fame will formally induct these four individuals during an on-ice presentation Friday, Jan. 25 at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Saint Paul, Minn.
Janet Gerhauser Carpenter
Janet Gerhauser Carpenter is the only woman in U.S. Figure Skating history to have participated in the Olympic Winter Games as a competitor (1952), team leader (1984) and judge (1988, 2002).
As a singles skater, Gerhauser Carpenter was a U.S. junior silver medalist. Her real skating fame, however, came in the fours event (two pairs skating in unison) and in pairs. Gerhauser Carpenter skated to U.S. fours titles in 1947, 1948 and 1950 with partners Marilyn Thomsen, Marlyn Thomsen and John Nightingale.
In addition, Carpenter was the 1950 U.S. junior pairs champion and a U.S. pairs silver medalist in 1951 and 1952 with partner Nightingale. This pair competed at the World Championships in 1951 and 1952 and placed sixth at the 1952 Olympics.
Following amateur competition, Gerhauser Carpenter became a high-test judge and then a successful national coach before returning to judging. She worked her way up the judging ladder to the status of national and then international judge, becoming an International Skating Union (ISU) World and Olympic judge in 1983. She cites being on the judging panel at the 1988 Olympics for the "Battle of the Brians" (Brian Boitano and Brian Orser) and giving a 6.0 as her last international mark in 2002 as her greatest moments as a judge.
In her administrative positions at U.S. Figure Skating, Gerhauser Carpenter has served on the Board of Directors, World Figure Skating Museum Committee and chair of the World Hall of Fame electors.
The University of Minnesota graduate resides in Minnetonka, Minn., with her husband, Norm, with whom she has three grown children.
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The 1992 Olympic silver medalist began skating at age 3 in Texas after watching his two older sisters on the ice. At age 11 his family moved to Denver, Colo., where Wylie trained with Carlo Fassi for nine years and worked with two of Fassi's other students, John Curry and Robin Cousins.
Wylie won the novice title at the 1979 U.S. Championships. In 1981 he was crowned U.S. junior champion and went on to win the World Junior Championships that same year. Wylie also skated pairs with partner Dana Graham, with whom he won the junior title at the 1980 U.S. Championships.
Wylie switched coaches in 1985 to Evy and Mary Scotvold, who helped steer Wylie to three silver and two bronze medals at the U.S. Championships from 1988-92. He appeared on three U.S. World teams (1988, '90 and '91) and two Olympic teams (1988, '92). His most memorable skating moment was his performance at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, where he won the silver medal.
Wylie then embarked on a highly successful professional career from 1992-98, including winning the 1992 U.S. Open Professional championship and the 1993 World Professional Skating title. Wylie also toured with "Stars on Ice" during these years.
Wylie received both his undergraduate and graduate degree from Harvard University. He has continued his involvement with skating through “An Evening with Champions” (a benefit for the Jimmy Fund), commentating for ESPN and coaching. He resides in North Carolina with his wife, Kate, and their two daughters.
Charles A. DeMore
Charles DeMore began his skating career at the Cleveland Skating Club. The former ice dancer passed the pre-silver ice dancing tests and attended numerous Lake Placid dance weeks.
He is best known for his many years of administrative work for U.S. Figure Skating. He served as co-chair of the U.S. Championships in Cleveland in 1964. In 1968 he was appointed a national accountant and was the chief accountant for the 1974 U.S. Championships in Providence, R.I. He was a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Executive Committee from 1966-78 and was the chair of both the Amateur Status Committee (1968-71) and the International Committee (1971-74).
DeMore was the vice president of U.S. Figure Skating from 1974-76 and president from 1976-80. During his presidency, DeMore was instrumental in leading the relocation of U.S. Figure Skating headquarters from Boston, Mass., to Colorado Springs, Colo., which included property acquisition, financing and construction of the headquarters in its present location.
DeMore resides in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Elaine. They have one grown daughter.
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A three-time Olympic competitor whose amateur career spanned almost 20 years, Todd Eldredge won his first major medal as the novice silver medalist at the 1984 U.S. Championships. He continued his climb up the ranks by winning the 1985 U.S. novice title and the junior title at the 1987 U.S. Championships.
Over the next 12 years, Eldredge won eight U.S. senior medals, including six golds (1990, '91, '95, '97, '98 and '02); six World Championship medals (1991, '95, '96, '97, '98 and '01), including gold in 1996; and competed in three Olympic Winter Games (1992, '98 and '02). He points to his free skate at the 1996 World Championships as his most memorable moment in the sport.
He was coached by Richard Callaghan throughout his competitive career.
Eldredge lives in Michigan with his wife, Megan.