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Lindsey Vonn injured the week she was on the Sports Illustrator cover - could it be the SI jinx again - over 900 bad things happening the week someone has appeared on SI cover-- I was kind of glad that none of US figure skaters were on the cover.

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On February 15, 1961, traveling to World Figure Skating Championships ("Worlds") The U.S. Figure Skating team, parents, coaches and judges--34 among the 62 passengers and crew aboard--left New York on Sabena Airlines flight number 548, crashed before landing in Brussels, en route to Prague. There were no survivors. The 1961 World Figure Skating Championships was cancelled after Sabena Flight 548 crash.

In memory of U.S figure skating team

1932 Maribel Vincent Owen US Nationals (Reflections)

In memory of U.S figure skating team

1932 Maribel Vincent Owen US Nationals (Reflections) Part 2

In memory of SABENA FLIGHT 548

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Here are rare videos of the 1961 US National Championships Freeskate - all these skaters would be gone a month later.

This is Laurence Owen's gold-medal-winning freeskate from the 1961 US National

Stephanie Westerfield placed 2nd at the 1961 US National Championships in figure skating.

Rhode Lee Michelson 1961 Nationals

Maribel Owen & Dudley Richards - Freeskate US Nationals 1961

Bradley Lord - Freeskate 1961 US National Champioships

Ila Ray Hadley & Ray Hadley Jr. -1961 US Nationals Freeskate

Diane Sherbloom & Larry Pierce - 1961 US Nationals Freedance

Donna Carrier & Roger Campbell - Freedance 1961 US Nationals

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