JoJo Starbuck

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JoJo Starbuck
Personal information
Alternative names Alicia Starbuck
Country represented  United States
Born (1951-02-14) February 14, 1951 (age 63)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Former partner Kenneth Shelley
Former coach John Nicks
Skating club Arctic Blades FSC

JoJo Starbuck (born Alicia Starbuck, February 14, 1951, Birmingham, Alabama) is an American figure skater. With partner Kenneth Shelley, she is a three-time United States pair skating champion (1970–1972) and two-time Olympian (1968 and 1972).[1]

Starbuck was raised in Downey, California. She was first paired with Shelley for a show in 1959, when they were small children. They started training seriously with coach John Nicks at the Arctic Blades FSC in 1961. In their first year of senior competitions, when they were both 16 years old, they qualified to compete at the 1968 Winter Olympics. Both Starbuck and Shelley attended Downey High School, where they performed off-ice lifts with the cheerleading squad,[2] and Long Beach State College.[3]

Like Shelley, Starbuck was also a skilled singles skater. While Shelley went on to win the national title in singles as well as pairs in 1972, she retired from singles competition in 1968.[2] After turning professional, Starbuck made occasional appearances skating singles in addition to continuing to skate pairs with Shelley. She partnered John Curry in the "Tango Tango" number from his show Ice Dancing.[citation needed]

From 1976-83, Starbuck was married to Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw. She was Bradshaw's second wife.[4] During this time she also became well known as the face of Cup of Noodles, introducing millions of Americans for the first time to ramen.

She had a minor career as an actress, performing in New York Stories (1989),[5] The Cutting Edge (1992),[6] and the TV movie Beauty and the Beast: A Concert on Ice (1996).[7]

She continues to coach[8] and choreograph.[9] Starbuck lives in Madison, New Jersey, where she teaches at the Essex Skating Club of New Jersey.[10][11]

Results[edit]

(pairs with Kenneth Shelley)

Event 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
Winter Olympic Games 13th 4th
World Championships 11th 6th 5th 3rd 3rd
North American Championships 2nd 1st
U.S. Championships 1st J. 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JoJo Starbuck, Shelley, Retain Ice Figure Title", The Day (New London, CT); accessed November 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "A Gutsy, Gutsy Team/Starbuck & Shelley", Skating Magazine, January 1970.
  3. ^ "JoJo and Ken", Skating Magazine, December 1971.
  4. ^ The Best Pittsburgh Sports Arguments (2007), John Mehno, Sourcebooks, Inc.; ISBN 1-4022-0967-3 p. 225
  5. ^ Francis Ford Coppola: interviews, Francis Ford Coppola, Gene D. Phillips, Rodney Hill, University Press of Mississippi; ISBN 1-57806-666-2, p.xxxii [1]
  6. ^ Bibliographic Guide to Dance(1994), v.20-23, New York Public Library [2]
  7. ^ "Television: Get a Haircut", John Leonard, New York Magazine, p.90 [3]
  8. ^ "Olympian Starbuck Teaches Skating at Codey Arena", South Orange Patch, February 10, 2010 [4]
  9. ^ IceCapades.tv, August 16, 2008.
  10. ^ Seegers, Sandy. "STARBUCK SAYS IMPROPRIETIES AMONG JUDGES 'NOTHING NEW'", Daily Record (Morristown), February 15, 2002; accessed March 12, 2011. "Starbuck, a two-time Olympian, watched the competition live at her home in Madison and, like most of the world, felt that Sale and Pelletier were perfect."
  11. ^ "Our Coaches", Essex Skating Club website; accessed November 3, 2014.

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