|Full name||Ronald Edmund Ludington|
|Country represented||United States|
September 4, 1934 |
|Former partner||Nancy Ludington|
|Skating club||Commonwealth Figure Skating Club|
Ronald Ludington (born September 4, 1934) is an American figure skating coach and former pair skater. With Nancy Rouillard Ludington, he is the 1960 Olympic bronze medalist, 1959 World bronze medalist, and a four-time U.S. national champion.
With his then-wife, Nancy Rouillard Ludington, he won the U.S. Championships in pair skating four times, between 1957 and 1960, after having been the junior national champions in 1956. They won bronze medals at the 1959 World Figure Skating Championships and 1960 Winter Olympics. Ludington also won the 1958 U.S. junior (silver) dance championship, partnered with Judy Ann Lamar.
Following his competitive career, Ludington took up coaching in Norwalk, Connecticut. His first pupils included Patricia and Robert Dineen, who were killed along with the rest of the U.S. team in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 on their way to the 1961 World Championships. Ludington was not on the plane because neither he nor the Dineens had the money to fund his travel expenses. It was the only World Championships from 1957 to the end of the century which he did not attend as either a competitor or a coach.
Around 1970, due to limited ice time in Detroit, Ludington moved to Wilmington, Delaware to coach at the Skating Club of Wilmington. In 1987, he became the director of the University of Delaware's Ice Skating Science Development Center. He held that position until 2010.
Ludington's best-known pupils include:
- Cozette Cady / Jack Courtney, US national pair bronze medalists
- Kitty Carruthers / Peter Carruthers, pairs silver medalists at the 1984 Winter Olympics
- Carol Fox / Richard Dalley, ice dancers at the 1984 Olympics
- Gale Fuhrman / Joel Fuhrman, US national pair silver medalists
- Melissa Militano / Johnny Johns, U.S. national pair champions
- Lea Ann Miller / William Fauver
- Stacey Smith / John Summers, three-time U.S. national champion ice dancers
In 1957, Ludington married his skating partner, Nancy Rouillard. He later married Mary Batdorf, a skating coach. They had a son, Michael, before divorcing in the mid-1970s. He is now married to skating coach Karen Ludington.
(with Nancy Ludington)
|Winter Olympic Games||3rd|
|North American Championships||3rd|
|U.S. Championships||1st J.|
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