Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Pic of the Week: American Legends

Peggy Fleming is best known for her Gold Medal winning performance at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France. Peggy's life, however, has been one of constant perseverance.

When Peggy was 12, her coach William Kipp, was lost in the infamous 1961 plane crash that killed the entire U.S. Figure Skating team as they traveled to the World Figure Skating Championships. As a result, she began working under the legendary Carlo Fassi.

Peggy's skating accomplishments are many including 5 National Titles, 3 World Titles, and of course the illustrious Olympic Gold. Upon retiring from competition, Peggy has toured and done many shows and joined the ABC Broadcast team as a figure skating commentator.

In 1998 Peggy Fleming was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was an early detection and Peggy underwent successful surgery. She continues to be an active supporter of women's health and breast cancer research. She and her husband Dr. Greg Jenkins own and operate a wine vineyard in California where the profits for a particular variety of wine, "Victories Rosé," go towards breast cancer research.

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