Jill Watson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJill Marilynn•Watson
Used nameJill•Watson
Born29 March 1963 in Bloomington, Indiana (USA)
Measurements150 cm / 42 kg
AffiliationsLAFSC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Jill Watson was a US pairs skater, who started her competitive career very late at age 19, skated originally with Burt Lancon, with whom she twice placed third at the US Nationals, in 1983 and 1984. They also skated at the World Championships both those years with a best placement of 11th in 1983, and finished sixth together at the 1984 Winter Olympics. Watson then began skating with Peter Oppegard. Watson and Oppegard won three National Championships, a bronze medal at the 1987 World Championships, and an Olympic bronze medal. After her amateur skating career, Watson skated professionally for a few years but now coaches figure skaters at the Desert Schools Coyotes Center. She and Oppegard were inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2004.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) USA Jill Watson
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Burt Lancon 6
1988 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) USA Jill Watson
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Peter Oppegard 3 Bronze

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