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Laurie Owen

Full name: Laurence Rochon "Laurie" Owen
Gender: Female
Born: May 9, 1944 in Berkeley, California, United States
Died: February 15, 1961 in Berg-Kampenhout, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium
Affiliations: Skating Club of Boston, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Figure Skating

Related Olympians: Sister of Maribel Owen; Daughter of Maribel Vinson.

Biography

She was supposed to be America’s next figure skating queen, following Carol Heiss and Tenley Albright. She was supposed to get on that plane to Prague and defeat the Netherlands’ Sjoukje Dijkstra and win the World Championship. She was supposed to win the 1964 Olympic gold medal, and then go to Radcliffe, like her mother, and become a writer. But for Laurie Owen, she would never get to see Prague, nor Radcliffe, and she left us no words. After competing at the 1960 Winter Olympics when only 15-years-old, and placing sixth, trailing Heiss and Dijkstra, who won the gold and silver medal, Owen won the 1961 US National Championship and the 1961 North American Championship. The daughter of Maribel Vinson Owen, and the sister of Maribel Owen, she was from figure skating royalty, and her ascension to the top step of the figure skating podium seemed, to the United States, at least, a sure thing. But Owen lost her life on 15 February 1961, along with her mother and sister, in the crash of Sabena 548, which fell near Brussels, while the entire US Figure Skating team was traveling to the 1961 World Championships in Prague. The World Championships were cancelled. Laurie Owen is interred in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, next to her mother and sister.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating Women's Singles United States USA 6

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MP TOOM TO TP O CFP FSP FSS AI TM
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings 6 6×6+ 28.0 57.0 1,343.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #1 6 150.8 6.0 81.5 69.3
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #2 3 155.6 3.0 87.6 68.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #3 6 149.3 6.0 81.9 67.4
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #4 13 141.2 13.0 74.5 66.7
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #5 7 143.9 7.0 78.4 65.5
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #6 5 151.3 5.0 85.8 65.5
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #7 4 151.9 4.0 87.7 64.2
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #8 9 145.9 9.0 79.2 66.7
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Final Standings Judge #9 4 153.1 4.0 85.1 68.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures 6 8×7+ 19.5 57.5 741.7
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #1 6T 81.5 6.5
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #2 3 87.6 3.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #3 7 81.9 7.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #4 17 74.5 17.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #5 7 78.4 7.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #6 3 85.8 3.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #7 3 87.7 3.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #8 7 79.2 7.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Compulsory Figures Judge #9 4 85.1 4.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating 6 7×8+ 43.5 66.5 601.3
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #1 6 69.3 6.0 11.0 5.5 5.5
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #2 4 68.0 4.0 10.8 5.4 5.4
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #3 8 67.4 8.0 10.7 5.3 5.4
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #4 8 66.7 8.0 10.6 5.3 5.3
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #5 13 65.5 13.0 10.4 5.2 5.2
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #6 6 65.5 6.0 10.4 5.2 5.2
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #7 7T 64.2 7.5 10.2 5.2 5.0
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #8 10 66.7 10.0 10.6 5.2 5.4
1960 Winter 15 Squaw Valley Figure Skating United States Free Skating Judge #9 4 68.0 4.0 10.8 5.3 5.5