Yvonne Sugden January 1954
Dick Button 1948
Into the unoccupied throne ascended Mile Micheline Lannoy and Pierre Baugniet of Brussels, trained by the Belgian painter and athlete Charles Landot and winning the European in 1947, the Worlds in 1947 and 1948 and the Olympic crown in 1948. Charming though they were, they did not leave such an impression on pair skating as did Fri. A. Kekesy and E. Kiraly of Hungary, over whom they had gained decisions, but who won the European in 1948 and 1949 and the Worlds once only, in 1949. This Hungarian pair was modern in every sense of the word. Both were superb solo free skaters and, for a while, by far the best jumpers in Europe, on the lines of Button. They skated at tremendous speed, being by far the fastest pair we had seen and were likely to see for a long time, with the possible exception of the Canadians Suzanne Morrow and Wally Distlemeyer, who were certainly unlucky not to gain a title on this side of the Atlantic.
After the U.S.A. victory of the Kennedys, brother and sister, in 1950 (in London) there came on the scene another outstanding pair, Fri. Ria Baran and Paul Falk of Germany, who carried all before them in the European, World and Olympic (1952) Competitions. I think it fair to say that this pair, with their classic style, was one of the most beautiful and thrilling ever seen.
Margo McMenemy 1953
Ice-Capades 1945
1946 Onwards
Part 6
1946 Onwards Index. 1946 Onwards (Part 7).