I’ll be honest: I know less about figure skating than a shut-up-and-drivel political commentator knows about the NBA.
Could hardly tell you the difference between a Dick Button — the American two-time gold medalist in the 1948 and ‘52 Olympics — and a snap button, a quad axel and a Burger King Quad Stacker.
But ... is this Olympic ice dancing fun or what?
Guess that’s what happens when you have a rooting interest, and remember — as we do every four years — these skaters are absolute athletic marvels. Like many of you, we’ll be tuned in to NBC on Monday night for a potential bit of local history.
Madison Hubbell, the 26-year-old former Sylvania resident whose family still lives in the Toledo area, and her partner, Zachary Donohue, are in third place after the short dance segment of the two-part ice dance program. With a similar performance in the free dance Monday, Hubbell can join the gilded club of Toledo-area athletes to medal in the Olympics.
The five-ringed list dates to 1904, when the Summer Games in St. Louis featured a men’s golf team event matching three squads of 10 and the bronze-winning team included Inverness Club members Harold Fraser, Arthur Hussey, Orus Jones, and Harold Weber, and counts a few too many names to note all of them without forgetting one. But most notably, it includes Wilbert McClure, the Toledo boxer-turned-professor who won a gold medal in the 1960 Games; Scott Hamilton, the Toledo-born and Bowling Green-bred figure skater who brought the gold home in 1984; and Erik Kynard, the Rogers grad who won a silver medal in the high jump in 2012.
Does more history await Monday? With foam finger in hand, we’ll be watching.
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