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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Peggy Fleming wins figure skating gold
By Phillip Lee
Special to

February 10, 1968

In 1968, the Olympics were televised for the first time and a 19-year-old U.S. skater by the name of Peggy Fleming took Grenoble, France and the world by storm.

She was the only American to win a gold medal in those Winter Games, and she was the first champion in her sport to have her program broadcast live and in color on television. Fleming combined elegance and athleticism, establishing a new standard for generations to come.

Fleming won five national titles and three world championships in addition to her Olympic gold. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Association's Hall of Fame in 1976 and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame.

Thirty years after she won the gold, Fleming won another battle -- this one against breast cancer. She went on to write a book titled, "The Long Program: Skating Towards Life's Victories."

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