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Karol Kennedy

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKarol Estelle•Kennedy (-Kucher)
Used nameKarol•Kennedy
Born14 February 1932 in Shelton, Washington (USA)
Died25 June 2004 in Seattle, Washington (USA)
AffiliationsSeattle Skating Club, Mountlake Terrace (USA) / Broadmoor Skating Club, Colorado Springs (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Karol Kennedy partnered her brother, Peter, in two Olympics. They finished sixth at St. Moritz in 1948 but improved to the silver medal at Oslo four years later. In 1950 they became the first Americans to win the World Pairs Championship. The sixth place finish at St. Moritz was perhaps Karol Kennedy’s most amazing feat. She was having severe back pains, radiating down a leg and causing some loss of control over the muscles in that leg. It required disc surgery later in the year and doctors wondered in amazement how she could have even walked, much less skated in the Olympics. Peter Kennedy once joked that his sister’s goal in life was to be married and have six children. She succeeded at that goal.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) USA Karol Kennedy
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Peter Kennedy 6
1952 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) USA Karol Kennedy
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Peter Kennedy 2 Silver

Olympic family relations

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