Robin Lee

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Robin Lee
Personal information
Full name Robin Huntington Lee
Country represented United States
Born (1919-12-02)December 2, 1919
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died October 8, 1997(1997-10-08) (aged 77)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Skating club St. Paul FSC
Chicago FSC
SC of New York
FSC of Minneapolis

Robin Huntington Lee (December 2, 1919 in Saint Paul, Minnesota – October 8, 1997 in Minneapolis) was an American figure skater. He was the 1935-1939 U.S. national champion. At age 12, he became the youngest skater to win the junior national title.[1] At the 1935 United States Figure Skating Championships, at the age of 15,[2][3] he became the first and, as of 2008, the only skater to defeat a seven time national champion in the United States.

Lee represented the United States at the 1936 Winter Olympics, where he placed 12th. He was selected to compete at the 1940 Winter Olympics, which were canceled due to World War II.[1] During the War, Lee served in the U.S. Navy.[4] After the War, Lee skated professionally in ice shows and worked as a coach.[1]

Lee was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1995. He attended Erasmus Hall High School.[3]

The Robin Lee Midwest Open is a USFS sanctioned competition held each year in the summer by Lee's home club, the Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis, named in his honor.[5]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Winter Olympic Games 12th
World Championships 9th 8th
North American Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd
U.S. Championships 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Robin Lee, 77, Figure Skating Champion". New York Times. October 14, 1997. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sport: Figures in Chicago". TIME. February 22, 1937. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Sport: Snow & Ice". TIME. February 18, 1935. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Skating Expert With Ice Cycles Is Ex-Champion". Spokane Daily Chronicle. April 22, 1946. Retrieved October 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Robin Lee Competition". Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis. Retrieved 10 January 2017.