Erik Larson (figure skater)

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Erik Larson is an former American competitive figure skater. He captured the gold medal in Colorado Springs, at the 1985 World Junior Championships.

In 1985 Larson was coached by 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic bronze medalist Barbara Ann Roles Williams, and he became the first American figure skater to win a World Junior Championship title in the United States.[citation needed] He was inducted into The San Diego Hall Of Champions with the likes of Olympic Champion swimmer Greg Louganis, short stop Alan Trammell of the Detroit tigers, French open winner Michael Chang and the 1984 Olympic volleyball team.[citation needed] While training at The Broadmoor in 1989 in Colorado Springs under the Carlo Fassi and child star Janet Champion, he invented "The Larson Spin".[citation needed] That same year at the 1989 U.S. Nationals, Larson placed 3rd in the short program and became an alternate for the World Championships.[citation needed] At the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival in St. Paul Minnesota, Erik also captured the gold ahead of 1985 U.S. National Junior Mens Champion Mr. Doug Mattis.

Later Larson appeared as "Buttons the cellar boy" in Dorothy Hamill's Ice Capades "Cinderella Frozen in time". He also toured with Gershwin on Ice with Peggy Fleming and The Osmond Brothers tour in Las Vegas. Currently he is the CEO for BellaICE Skating Events a portable ice rink company, and teaches with his wife in south Florida.


Event 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 1991–92
World Junior Champ. 7th 4th 1st
Skate America 6th
Nebelhorn Trophy 4th 2nd
St. Gervais 4th 1st
Skate Electric 3rd
NHK Trophy 4th
U.S. Championships 8th J. 2nd J. 2nd J. 11th 12th 9th 4th 4th 6th
U.S. Olympic Festival 1st
Pacific Coast 3rd J. 1st
Southwest Pacific 2nd J. 1st J.
J. = Junior level