|Barbara Ann Roles|
|Full name||Barbara Ann Roles|
|Alternative names||Barbara Ann Roles-Pursley
Barbara Roles Williams
|Country represented||United States|
April 6, 1941 |
San Mateo, California
|Skating club||Arctic Blades|
|Olympic medal record|
|Women's figure skating|
|Competitor for United States|
|Bronze||1960 Squaw Valley||Singles|
Barbara Ann Roles (married names: Pursley, Williams), born April 6, 1941) is an American former figure skater who currently works as a coach. She is the 1960 Olympic bronze medalist and the 1962 U.S. national champion.
Barbara Ann Roles is the daughter of Carl A. Roles. After retiring in 1960, she married and had a baby. The child was named Shelley Pursley Boatright. In 1962, she gave birth to a son, Ronald Dean Pursley Chorak. She chose his middle name to honor her mentor, Deane McMinn, who died in the 1961 plane crash. She is the stepmother of U.S. skater Scott Williams.
Roles won the U.S. junior title in 1958. The next year, she won the senior bronze medal and was assigned to her first World Championships, where she placed fifth. After taking silver at the 1960 U.S. Championships, Roles was sent to the 1960 Winter Olympics and 1960 World Championships. She won the bronze medal at both competitions. She retired following that season and started a family.
Roles was asked to come out of retirement following the crash of Sabena Flight 548, which killed the entire 1961 U.S. figure skating team. She complied and won the gold medal at the 1962 U.S. Championships, making her the first skater to win U.S. national titles on the novice, junior and senior levels. Roles was the only skater to accomplish this until Kimmie Meisner performed the same feat in 2007. She missed the 1963 season to give birth to her second child.
Roles returned to competition in an attempt to qualify for the 1964 Winter Olympics, but placed fifth at the national championships and failed to make the team. She later took up coaching; her pupils have included Lisa-Marie Allen, Wendy Burge, Nicole Bobek, Brian Pockar, Vikki DeVries, Geoffry Varner, and Scott Williams.
|U.S. Championships||1st N.||1st J.||3rd||2nd||1st||5th|
|Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior|
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