Don Laws

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Laws with Patrick Chan in 2007

Don Laws is an American figure skater and coach.

As a competitive skater, he was a U.S. junior champion in single skating and ice dancing, as well as a World Team member. He was coached by Osborne Colson.[1]

After retiring from competitive skating, Laws became a coach. Among his current and former students are Scott Hamilton, Michael Weiss, and Patrick Chan.

Laws was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Professional Skaters Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2005 he received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Michael Weiss Foundation.

Laws was one of the Americans who help create the ISU Judging System, which replaced the old 6.0 scoring system in 2004.[2]

He is a former president of the Professional Skaters Association and a Lifetime Achievement Honorary Member of that association. He has served on the International Skating Union's Singles and Pairs Committee.[3]


  1. ^ Campbell, Barre (2006-01-10). "The wizard of Os is forever young". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  2. ^ Rosewater, Amy (2003-10-25). "Weiss Takes Inside Track to Top". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
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