Dudley Richards

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Dudley Richards
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born(1932-02-04)February 4, 1932
DiedFebruary 15, 1961(1961-02-15) (aged 29)
Former partnerMaribel Y. Owen
Skating clubSC of Boston

Dudley "Dud" Shaw Richards (February 4, 1932 - February 15, 1961) was an American figure skater who competed in men's singles and pairs. In singles, he won the bronze medal at the 1953 United States Figure Skating Championships and finished sixth at that year's World Figure Skating Championships. In pairs, he once skated with future Olympic gold medalist Tenley Albright, before later teaming up with Maribel Owen. After winning the bronze medal at Nationals in 1958 and 1959, the pair captured the silver in 1960 and finished tenth at that year's Winter Olympic Games. In 1961, Owen and Richards won the gold medal at the U.S. Championships and finished second at the North American Figure Skating Championships.

Away from the ice, Richards was a graduate of Harvard University and had spent time in the Army. He was also a real estate executive and a longtime friend (and college roommate) of future Senator Ted Kennedy.

Richards was en route to the World Championships in 1961 when his plane, Sabena Flight 548, crashed near Brussels, Belgium, killing all on board. He was 29 at the time of his death.


(men's singles)

Event 1951 1952 1953
World Championships 5th 5th 6th
U.S. Championships 3rd

(pairs with Maribel Owen)

Event 1958 1959 1960 1961
Winter Olympics 10th
World Championships 10th
North American Championships 2nd
U.S. Championships 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st

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