Larry Pierce (figure skater)
|Full name||Dallas Larry Pierce|
|Country represented||United States|
|Died||February 15, 1961 (age 24)
near Brussels, Belgium
|Former partner||Diane Sherbloom
|Former coach||Danny Ryan|
|Former skating club||Winter Club of Indianapolis|
|Former training locations||Indianapolis
Lake Placid, New York
Life and career
Born to Dallas and Nellie Pierce, Larry Pierce had an elder sister, Jan, and younger brother, Russell. He attended Indiana University for several years before joining the Marines. He later worked at his family's plumbing business in Indianapolis, Indiana. He wore dark-rimmed glasses, even on the ice, and was known among friends for his sense of humor.
After graduating from high school, he was partnered with Marilyn Meeker by coach Danny Ryan at the Winter Club of Indianapolis. Junior bronze medalists at the 1958 U.S. Championships, they won the junior title at the 1959 U.S. Championships. Meeker/Pierce also trained in Cobourg, Ontario, and Lake Placid, New York during summers. Competing on the senior level, they won the silver medal at the 1960 U.S. Championships and placed fifth at the 1960 World Championships. Meeker broke her ankle in training in December 1960, six weeks before the 1961 U.S. Championships.
Ryan asked Diane Sherbloom, who had not intended to compete that season, to skate with Pierce, and Pierce's parents succeeded in persuading Sherbloom's. Sherbloom/Pierce won the gold medal at Nationals in Colorado Springs, Colorado and were named in the U.S. team to the 1961 World Championships. En route to the event, their plane, Sabena Flight 548, crashed near Brussels, Belgium, killing all on board. Pierce was 24 at the time of his death.
(with Marilyn Meeker)
|U.S. Championships||3rd J.||1st J.||2nd|
|J. = Junior level|
(with Diane Sherbloom)
|North American Championships||4th|
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- Hersh, Philip (February 12, 2011). "Anniversary recalls disaster of 1961 plane crash that wiped out U.S. figure skating team". Chicago Tribune.
- Duffy, Bob (December 29, 2000). "Remembering Flight 548: Shattered dreams". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012.
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