Don Laws

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Don Laws
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Laws with Patrick Chan in 2007
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1929-05-30)May 30, 1929
Washington, D.C.
Died December 2, 2014(2014-12-02) (aged 85)
Sandy Spring, Maryland
Former partner Mary Firth
Former coach Osborne Colson
Retired 1951

Don Laws (May 30, 1929 – December 2, 2014) was an American figure skater and coach.

Personal life[edit]

Don Laws was born on May 30, 1929 in Washington, D.C.. He had a brother, Willard Laws, and sister, Laura Keesling. In 1951, he joined the United States Army Security Agency.[1]

Laws died of heart failure on December 2, 2014 in Sandy Spring, Maryland.[1]


Don Laws competed in single skating and ice dancing. With his ice dancing partner, Mary Firth, he won the U.S. junior title in 1948. In men's singles, he won the 1950 U.S. junior title and placed seventh at the 1951 World Championships in Milan, Italy.[1] He was coached by Osborne Colson.[2]

After retiring from competitive skating, Laws became a coach. His students included Scott Hamilton, Tiffany Chin, Michael Weiss, and Patrick Chan.[1]

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.[3] Laws was one of the Americans who help create the ISU Judging System, which replaced the 6.0 scoring system in 2004.[4] He was a former president of the Professional Skaters Association and a Lifetime Achievement Honorary Member of that association. He served on the International Skating Union's Singles and Pairs Committee.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Rosewater, Amy (December 2, 2014). "Longtime coach, former skater Laws dies at age 85". IceNetwork. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Barre (January 10, 2006). "The wizard of Os is forever young". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved March 25, 2008. 
  3. ^ Duhaime, Jake (September 25, 2005). "Michael Weiss Foundation Honors Don Laws". U.S. Figure Skating. 
  4. ^ Rosewater, Amy (October 25, 2003). "Weiss Takes Inside Track to Top". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Don Laws biography". Professional Skaters Association. Archived from the original on 2008-12-28.