Judy Schwomeyer

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Judy Schwomeyer
Personal information
Full nameJudith Kay Schwomeyer
Alternative namesJudy Sladky
Country representedUnited States
Born (1950-11-14) November 14, 1950 (age 68)
Indianapolis, Indiana
PartnerJames Sladky
Former coachRon Ludington
Skating clubWC of Indianapolis

Judith Kay Schwomeyer (married name Sladky; born November 14, 1950) is an American actress and former competitive ice dancer. With her skating partner and then-husband, Jim Sladky, she became a four-time World medalist (silver in 1970; bronze in 1969, 1971, 1972) and five-time U.S. national champion (1968–1972).

Personal life[edit]

Judith Kay[1] Schwomeyer was born on November 14, 1950.[2] She graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis.[3] She is the daughter of Herb Schwomeyer, a Butler University coach and administrator, and sister of Sandy Lamb, an ice dancing coach.[3]

She was married to Jim Sladky from 1971 to 1990.[3][4] She later married Blake Norton.[3]

Career[edit]

Skating[edit]

Schwomeyer/Sladky won five national titles, from 1968 to 1972.[5] They finished on the podium at four World Championships, winning silver in 1970 and bronze in 1969, 1971, and 1972).[6]

They were coached by Ron Ludington.[7] Together with Ludington, Schwomeyer/Sladky created the Yankee Polka compulsory dance.[8] They first performed it as a competitive program in 1969. Following their retirement from competitive skating, the duo skated professionally.

They were inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1991.

Acting[edit]

Schwomeyer has worked as an actress. She is the Muppeteer of Alice Snuffleupagus in Sesame Street and portrayed Snoopy in Jingle All the Way.

Competition results[edit]

International
Event 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
World Championships 8th 4th 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd
North American Champ. 3rd 2nd 1st
National
U.S. Championships 6th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hewins, Jack (January 30, 1969). "Kauffmans Trail in Pairs Skating". Associated Press. The Daily Telegram (Eau Claire, Wisconsin). p. 15.
  2. ^ Grimsley Johnson, Rheta (1989). Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz. Ravette Books, Sussex. p. 149.
  3. ^ a b c d Woods, David (February 18, 2014). "Olympic ice dancing traces roots to Indianapolis native Judy Sladky". The Indianapolis Star.
  4. ^ Elliott, Helene (January 7, 2002). "In Long Run, Little Things Remain". L.A. Times.
  5. ^ "Past U.S. Champions - Senior" (PDF). Archived from the original on February 9, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "World Figure Skating Championships: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ "Judy Schwomeyer And Sladky Hold Ice Dancing Lead". The New York Times. January 15, 1972.
  8. ^ "ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, Day 1". International Skating Union. February 13, 2008. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)

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