Sunday, March 14, 2010

Flashback: Tiffany Chin Wins 1981 World Junior Title

Tiffany Chin - 1981 World Junior Champion

With the 2010 World Junior Championships officially concluding this weekend, let's look back on a former champion of the event, Tiffany Chin of the United States. At 4'8" and 70 pounds, 13-year old Chin won the World Junior title in 1981. Coached by Frank Carroll back then, she was also the reigning US silver medalist at the time. The two other women to stand on the podium at Junior Worlds with Tiffany were both from the Soviet Union: Marina Serova (silver) and Anna Antonova (bronze).

Tiffany went on to place 4th at the 1984 Olympics, win two world bronze medals (1985 and 1986) and take a US title in 1985. Incidentally, Tiffany began ice skating after her mom, Marjorie, bought a pair of ice skates at a garage sale for $1.00.

Flashback: Here's a clip of her long program from 1981 World Junior Championships.

If you're in a real retro mood, there's a hardcover children's book on Tiffany currently going for only 1.00 on eBay. The biography, Tiffany Chin: A Dream on Ice by Ray Buck was published in 1986 before Tiffany's unfortunate slide down the national and international ranks.

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