Peggy Fleming

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Peggy Fleming
Former U.S. Olympian Peggy Fleming holds a Gold at the Pavilion.jpg
Personal information
Country representedUSA
Born(1948-07-27) July 27, 1948 (age 65)
Height5'4" (162 cm)[1]
Former coachWilliam Kipp, Carlo Fassi
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Peggy Fleming
Former U.S. Olympian Peggy Fleming holds a Gold at the Pavilion.jpg
Personal information
Country representedUSA
Born(1948-07-27) July 27, 1948 (age 65)
Height5'4" (162 cm)[1]
Former coachWilliam Kipp, Carlo Fassi
Olympic medal record
Women's figure skating
Competitor for  United States
Gold1968 GrenobleSingles

Peggy Gail Fleming[2] (born July 27, 1948) is an American figure skater. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies' singles and a three-time World Champion (1966–1968). Fleming has been a television commentator on figure skating for over 20 years, including several Winter Olympic Games.

Life and career[edit]

Peggy Fleming was born in San Jose, California, the daughter of Doris Elizabeth (née Deal) and Albert Eugene Fleming, a newspaper journalist.[2] She began skating at age nine[3] when her family moved to Cleveland and soon began skating in earnest on the advice of her father. In 1961, when Peggy was twelve years old, her coach William Kipp was killed in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 along with the rest of the United States figure skating team while en route to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. Fleming was subsequently coached by Carlo Fassi. Her unusual style led to five U.S. titles, three World titles and the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France. Her award in Grenoble was singularly important for the American athletes and the nation as a whole, for this was the only gold medal that the U.S. Olympic team won in the 1968 Winter Games. It signaled a return to American dominance in the sport of women's figure skating following the unprecedented tragedy of the 1961 plane crash.

After becoming an Olympic champion, Fleming turned professional, performed on TV shows and toured with many skating shows, like Ice Capades. During the Cold War, Fleming had filmed a TV show in USSR[4] and skated to Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto in China.[5] Since 1981, She was a skating commentator for ABC Sports.[4] In 1993, the Associated Press released results of a national sports study.[6] Fleming was ranked as the 3rd most popular athlete in America, behind fellow Olympians Mary Lou Retton and Dorothy Hamill.[7]

Peggy Fleming was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. The cancer was detected in its early stages, and surgery was successful. She became a breast cancer activist who recommends not procrastinating and advocates for early detection.[8]

In June 13, 1970, Fleming married her teenage sweetheart Greg Jenkins, a dermatologist and a former amateur pair figure skater.[9][10] The couple have two sons, Andy in 1977, Todd in 1988,[4] and three grandchildren.[11] They also own and operate Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery in California. The winery produces close to 2,000 cases of wine a year with such brands as "Choreography Cabernet" and "San Francisco Bay Syrah Rosé."[12] Profits from the "Victories Rosé" go towards charities that support research towards breast cancer.[12] The winery closed in 2011.[13]

In 2007, she appeared in the movie Blades of Glory as a judge.

Along with former Olympian Vonetta Flowers, Fleming was injured and briefly hospitalized after a traffic accident while riding in US Vice President Joe Biden's motorcade at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February 2010.[14]

In 2011 Peggy Fleming became spokesperson for the Robitussin® Last Names Giveaway because her last name sounds like one of the cold and flu symptoms Robitussin® treats per the rules of the contest.[15]


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  1. ^ "Peggy Fleming". 1948-07-27. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Peggy Flemming". 
  3. ^ Woolum, Janet; 'Outstanding Women Athletes: Who They Are and How They Influenced Sports in America'; p. 124. ISBN 1-57356-120-7
  4. ^ a b c Hilton, Lisette (2005). "Fleming launched modern era of figure skating". ESPN Classics. 
  5. ^ "Peggy Fleming". Peggy Fleming's Official Site. 2014. 
  6. ^ Wilstein, Steve (May 17, 1993). "Retton, Hammill most popular American athletes". Associated Press. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "American Breast Cancer Guide – Celebrities Inspiration Roundup". 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  9. ^ Borden, Timothy (2004). "Fleming, Peggy". Notable Sports Figures. 
  10. ^ Kaminsky, Peter (November 1, 1999). "Picks and Pans Review: The Long Program". People Magazine. 
  11. ^ "Peggy Fleming". 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Sports Illustrated, July 2, 2007, p.87
  13. ^ Hamilton, Marianne L. "San Jose Mercury News 1/16/2012". Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  14. ^ Associated Press (February 14, 2010). "Fleming injured in accident in Biden's motorcade". Team USA. 
  15. ^ "Cold and Flu Season Promotions | Robitussin®". Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  16. ^ livephish (February 25, 2011). "Trey Anastasio, Terminal 5, New York, NY". 

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