On April 14, 2008, Werner Groebli, of the skating duo Frick & Frack, died at age 92. Mr. Groebli (see below right) was a highly accomplished skater who combined athleticism and comedy to wow audiences for nearly 30 years. His trademark moves were 1) seemingly rubbery legs and 2) the spread eagle cantilever (demonstrated below).
I used to marvel at 1998 Olympic champion Ilia Kulik doing the spread eagle cantilever move, until a friend pointed out that it paled compared to Mr. Frick's. I asked "Who's Mr. Frick?" and she just rolled her eyes. 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Debi Thomas also said in an interview that her skating icon growing up was Mr. Frick and that when she had a chance to meet him, it was the thrill of her life.
Mr. Groebli performed with Ice Follies (subsequently merged with Holiday on Ice) until his retirement in 1980, when he was 65-years-old. He is also in the U.S. Figure Skating Association's International Hall of Fame.
Below is Mr. Frick in action in a Holiday on Ice show where he shows the virtuosic skating that made him beloved by kids and adults everywhere: