Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Ice Stadium, Grenoble
Date Started: February 8, 1968
Date Finished: February 10, 1968
Format: Each judge ranked each skater by Ordinal Placement from first through last place. The Ordinal Placement for each judge was based on Total Points awarded by that judge to the skaters. The points were based on 50% for Compulsory Figures and 50% for Free Skating, with the tiebreaker for each judge being Compulsory Figure Points. Final placement was determined by a Majority Placement rule. Thus, if a skater was ranked first by a majority of the judges, that skater was placed first overall, and the process was repeated for each place. Ties broken by a Subsequent Majority rule, i.e., if the pairs were ranked for the same position by the same number of judges, Majority Placement for the next higher position for each pair determined who was ranked higher. The tiebreakers were, in order: 1) Number of Majority Placements, 2) Total Ordinals of Majority, 3) Total Ordinals, 4) Total Points, 5) Compulsory Figure Points.
The 1964 champion, Sjoukje Dijkstra (NED), had turned professional after her gold medal. The 1965 World Championship was won by Petra Burka (CAN), the bronze medalist from Innsbruck. But in 1966 a new star appeared. American Peggy Fleming had placed sixth at Innsbruck when she was only 16, helping to resurrect the American figure skating team from the 1961 plane crash that killed all its members. She was World Champion in both 1966-67, and US Champion from 1964-68. Fleming won the gold medal in Grenoble quite easily. She built a huge lead after the compulsories, placed first by all nine judges. She also won the free skate, although one judge ranked her behind East Germany’s Gabi Seyfert in that phase. Seyfert placed second in both programs to win the silver medal over Czechoslovakia’s Hana Mašková. They had split the last two European titles.
Fleming would become the first real American figure skating star. Though Tenley Albright and Carol Heiss had both won gold medals, they were really before, or at the dawn, of television. Fleming used her skating fame and good looks to launch a professional ice show career and a television career. Seyfert was the first great East German skater – she would win the next two World Championships after Fleming turned. Mašková, known as one of the first great jumpers, turned pro and skated in Holiday on Ice. She was tragically killed in a car crash in March 1972.
|1||Peggy Fleming||19||United States||USA||Gold||9×1+||9.0||9.0||1,970.5|
|2||Gabriele Seyfert||19||East Germany||GDR||Silver||9×2+||18.0||18.0||1,882.3|
|4||Tina Noyes||19||United States||USA||7×5+||28.0||40.0||1,797.3|
|9||Janet Lynn||14||United States||USA||6×10+||55.0||90.0||1,698.7|
|10||Monika Feldmann||16||West Germany||FRG||6×11+||58.0||99.0||1,687.1|
|11||Sally-Anne Stapleford||22||Great Britain||GBR||5×11+||50.0||105.0||1,680.9|
|12||Yelena Shcheglova||17||Soviet Union||URS||6×12+||53.0||110.0||1,670.4|
|15||Patricia Dodd||19||Great Britain||GBR||5×16+||63.0||140.0||1,634.6|
|16||Halyna Hrzhybovska||16||Soviet Union||URS||5×16+||74.0||144.0||1,628.5|
|17||Petra Ruhrmann||17||West Germany||FRG||5×17+||78.0||161.0||1,611.2|
|19||Eileen Zillmer||15||West Germany||FRG||7×20+||121.0||171.0||1,600.3|
|24||Frances Waghorn||17||Great Britain||GBR||5×24+||103.0||211.0||1,557.2|
|28||Sonja Morgenstern||13||East Germany||GDR||7×28+||193.0||251.0||1,475.9|
|30||Lee Hyeon-Ju||14||South Korea||KOR||7×30+||209.0||271.0||1,359.9|
|31||Kim Hye-Gyeong||17||South Korea||KOR||9×31+||277.0||277.0||1,336.2|