Kennedy Memorial Winter Games

The Kennedy Memorial Winter Games were an international multi-sport competition event held in Lake Placid, New York from January 9 to March 15, 1970. The Games were held as a tribute to John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy. President Kennedy had been an advocate of physical fitness and in 1963 urged the development of programs to allow American youth to participate in international sports competitions.[1]

The program included competition in figure skating, bobsled, luge, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and ice hockey.[1]

Figure skating

The figure skating events took place March 13-15, and included competitions in ladies' and men's single skating and pair skating with entrants from 10 countries. This was the first international invitational senior figure skating competition held in the United States, predating the first Skate America competition which was held in 1979.[2]

Men's results

Rank Name Nation CP FP Placings
1 John Baldwin, Sr. United States117
2 Gordon McKellen United States3320
3 Stefano Bargauan Italy2432
4 Ron Shaver Canada10231
5 Reinhard Ketterer West Germany4640
6 Jacques Mrozek France7741
7 Josef Schneider Austria5948
8 Jozef Žídek Czechoslovakia6545
9 John Curry United Kingdom8854
10 Paul Bonenfant Canada91069
11 Yutaka Higuchi Japan111175

Ladies' results

Rank Name Nation CP FP Placings
1 Joanne Darakjy United States4215
2 Mary McCaffrey Canada1316
3 Jennie Walsh United States6117
4 Kazumi Yamashita Japan2425
5 Jean Scott United Kingdom5534
6 Karen Grobba Canada7645
7 Ľudmila Bezáková Czechoslovakia8748
8 Cinzia Frosio Italy9852
9 Marion von Cetto West Germany10963
WDR Charlotte Walter  Switzerland3

Pairs results

Rank Name Nation SP FP Placings
1 Brunhilde Bassler / Eberhard Rausch West Germany117
2 Dana Fialova / Josef Tuma Czechoslovakia2319
3 Evelyne Scharf / Wilhelm Bietak Austria3224
4 Barbara Brown / Doug Berndt United States5424
5 Mona Szabo / Pierre Szabo France4532
6 Kathy Normile / Gregory Taylor United States6746
7 Karin Künzle / Christian Künzle  Switzerland7645
8 Marion Murray / Glenn Moore Canada8855
WDR Kotoe Nagasawa / Hiroshi Nagakubo Japan9


  1. 1 2 "The Kennedy Memorial Winter Games", Skating magazine, Feb 1970
  2. "The 1970 Kennedy Winter Games", Skating magazine, Jun 1970
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