Linda Fratianne

A skater who dominated women’s skating for more than 15 years, winning US & World Championships and a silver Olympic medal..

Skating great Linda Fratianne was born August 2, 1960 and began skating at the age of 9. For over 15 years, she would dominate figure skating with her exciting style and agility.

In 1975, she was the first woman to include two triple jumps in her program. In 1977, at 17 years old, Fratianne won the U.S. Ladies Championship, a title she held for the next three years. She went on to win the World Championships later that year and again in 1979.

At the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, Fratianne was considered by many as a favorite to bring home the gold. Unfortunately, she placed too low in the compulsories to accomplish the task. Despite beating Anett Poetzsch in both the long and short programs, Fratianne went home with the silver.

Shortly thereafter, Fratianne began performing in ice shows, tours and pro competitions. She was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.