Figure skating was not always a part of the Winter Olympics. The first figure skating events were performed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. It wasn't until 1976 that they were added to the winter lineup. From that time on we've watched the speed, agility and gracefulness of skaters like Peggy Fleming.
At nine years old, Peggy had her first experience skating and felt an immediate thrill and comfort on the ice. She had some hard knocks as she began competing, but decided that she liked winning more.
Picking herself up and getting back on the ice, she developed the confidence and perseverance to win first place at the 1964 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the age of 15. In her first Olympics (1964 Innsbruck, Austria) she placed sixth. In 1966 she won her first World Championship. By the 1968 Olympics, Peggy had learned to rely on muscle memory and focus under extraordinary pressure. That year she took home gold. (Peggy is clad in green in the picture below.)
Thirty years later, in 1998, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now 66 and cancer-free, Peggy speaks publicly about her battle with cancer and 15-year journey as a survivor. At a Pink Ribbon Symposium in 2012, Peggy shared her story, which was reported in the Florida-Union Times.
Peggy noticed a lump on her breast in 1998, initially dismissing it as a pulled muscle. A month later when it had not gone away, she made a doctor’s appointment. Initially, due to the small size of the lump, the cancer specialist couldn’t find it. It wasn’t until Peggy pointed it out that they saw it. A biopsy confirmed that it was a malignant cancer tumor. continue reading ...