Ron Ludington

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRonald Edmund "Ron"•Ludington
Used nameRon•Ludington
Born4 September 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died14 May 2020 in Newark, Delaware (USA)
AffiliationsCommonwealth Figure Skating Club
NOC United States

Biography

In 1957 Ron Ludington paired with [Nancy Rouillard] to win the National Pairs Championship. Later that year they married, and as Nancy and Ron Ludington they went on to win the U.S. championship for three more years. Their best world finish was a third place, which they equalled at the 1960 Olympics. Ron Ludington was one of the very few skaters to have competed and placed in the National Championships in all three disciplines – singles, pairs, and dance. This was in 1958 when his dance partner was Judy Lamarr.

After his competitive days were over, Ron Ludington went on to become a very well-known figure skating coach, numbering among his pupils Cynthia and Ron Kauffman, Kitty and Peter Carruthers, Calla Urbanski and Rocky Marval, and he helped train Johnny Weir. He started out coaching in Detroit and then Lake Placid, but was best known for his time coaching at the Skating Club of Wilmington (Delaware) and at the University of Delaware, where he was director of the Ice Skating Science Development Center until his retirement in 2010.

He and Nancy later divorced, and he married Mary Batdorf, who would coach American Olympians Paul Wylie and Nancy Kerrigan. Ludington actually started out in roller figure skating, and was discovered by Maribel Owen at the 1953 North American Championships in roller skating.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) USA Ron Ludington
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Nancy Ludington 3 Bronze

Olympic family relations

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