Three Elected to U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame

(11/15/13) - The U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame will induct its first member from the synchronized skating discipline during ceremonies at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 5-12, in Boston.

Lynn Benson, the retired longtime coach of the Haydenettes, will join 1976 U.S. men's champion Terry Kubicka and technical pioneer Albert Beard as members of the Class of 2014.

"I am particularly thrilled with this year's class for the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame," said Dr. Larry Mondschein, the hall's nominating committee chair. "Their contributions to our sport are in many ways so different, but their impact is immeasurable."

Benson, considered the "Mother of Synchronized Skating," founded the Haydenettes Synchronized Skating Teams in 1979. Over her 26-year coaching career in Lexington, Mass., her senior teams won 15 U.S. Synchronized Championships and earned a top-five finish at the first five consecutive ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.

Kubicka, an Olympian and three-time World team member, is the only skater to perform a legal backflip in competition. The backflip, considered too dangerous, was banned after he performed it at the 1976 World Championships. Kubicka also was the first American to land a triple Lutz in competition (1974 U.S. Championships).

Beard is credited with the implementation of computerized scoring at U.S. Figure Skating events, which produced results in minutes. At the 1972 U.S. Championships, Beard used a remote mainframe computer and dialup to launch this fundamental change in the sport, making U.S. Figure Skating the first skating federation in the world to use computerized event scoring.

The Class of 2014 will be inducted during an on-ice ceremony Jan. 10, at Boston's TD Garden. A reception will follow.

The U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to honor those who have made outstanding contribution to the sport of figure skating in the United States. Nominations were received from the public and voted on by an esteemed panel of electors.

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