Ardelle Kloss Sanderson, 1916-2011

Ardelle Kloss Sanderson (photo courtesy U.S. and World Figure Skating Museum)
(9/16/11) - Ardelle Kloss Sanderson, a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and former Olympic judge, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, in Lake Placid, N.Y. She was 95.

A figure skating official since 1938, Sanderson judged at every level, including at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck. Her lifetime judging record included 18 regional, 31 sectional, 23 U.S., two North American and seven World championships, and one Olympics.

Sanderson played an integral role in both figure skating and her longtime home of Lake Placid. In 1961, she helped found the Lake Placid Sports Council, of which she was a lifetime member.

When the 1980 Olympics were awarded to Lake Placid, Sanderson served as the local organizing committee's figure skating chairwoman. She also served in that capacity for the 1972 World University Games and the 1965 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, both held in Lake Placid.

She was a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Executive Committee from 1972-78 and was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1991.

Born April 12, 1916, Sanderson first visited Lake Placid in 1934 to compete for the Skating Club of New York under club professional Willi Boeckl. She competed in singles, pairs and was a member of the "fours" team that won 1935 U.S. Championships. In 1937, she and partner Roland Janson won the U.S. junior pairs title.

Funeral services are pending. Sanderson asked that contributions be made to the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance to figure skaters' educational and athletic endeavors. The Memorial Fund was created as a living tribute to the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that perished in a plane crash en route to the World Championships.

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