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World recognition for three former British figure skaters

Great British figure skating legends, June Markham and Doreen Denny, have been announced as two of the latest additions to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. They are two of eight figure skaters to be recognised in what is the largest class since 1993, with Great Britain’s Henry Eugene Vandervell also being honoured posthumously.

The World Figure Skating Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of figure skating around the world.

Nominating Chair of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Lawrence Mondschein said: “The class of 2015 is indeed a special one, not only for it being the largest class to be named in recent memory, but for its diversity”.

The Briton’s were selected alongside Russian Olympic Champions, Artur Dmitriev and pairs partners, Natalia Mishkutionok and Oksana Kazakova. Also elected was Italy’s Sonia Bianchetti Garbato and the late Eduard Engelmann Jr. of Austria.

Mondschein added: “With Olympic and World Champions, an official whose contributions led to significant rule changes and two skating pioneers, this class has left an impact on the sport of figure skating”.

The hall’s Legends Committee, which considers contributions in 1960 and prior, selected British ice dancers Markham and Denny, and Great Britain’s Vandervell (1824-1908).

Partners of 1986 hall-of-famer Courtney Jones, Markham (1957-58) and Denny (1959-60) each won two World Championships. Vandervell authored the influential book, A System of Figure-Skating in 1869 and is credited with establishing proficiency tests, which marked the first step towards the test structures employed today.

10th April 2015