On July 28, 2008, the Los Angeles FSC celebrated their 75th year as a member of U.S. Figure Skating. A star-studded gala was held at the Pickwick Ice Arena in Burbank, California, which brought together skating greats from the past and present. In addition to Michelle Kwan and 2008 U.S. pairs champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker, the event was also attended by past greats Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, Linda Fratianne, Lisa-Marie Allen, Tiffany Chin, Debi Thomas, and Mr. Debonair himself, Richard Dwyer, from Ice Follies and Ice Capades fame.
The roster of Olympians and World medalists from the club is impressive -- The Los Angeles FSC has had 174 National and World champions as well as 100 World and Olympic team members during its 75-year history. Carla Golubski, president of the club, said the celebration was a huge success and was kind enough to share some photographs from the event.
Michelle Kwan (nine-time U.S. champion, two-time Olympian, five-time World champion):
Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker (2008 U.S. senior pairs champions):
Lisa-Marie Allen (three-time U.S. silver medalist and 1980 Olympian):
Linda Fratianne (four-time U.S. champion and 1980 Olympic silver medalist):
Richard Dwyer (Ice Follies, Ice Capades, 1993 U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame):
Tiffany Chin (1985 U.S. champion and two-time World bronze medalist) and Debi Thomas (1986 World Champion and 1988 Olympic bronze medalist):
Frank Carroll (former coach of Michelle Kwan, Linda Fratianne and current coach of Evan Lysacek):
From left to right: Atoy Wilson (novice men's champion), Joanne Funakoshi (Ice Capades, now photographer), Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner (five-time U.S. pairs champions, 1979 World champions, and 1980 Olympians):
Michelle Kwan and sister Karen Kwan Oppegard: