Rosalynn Sumners

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Rosalyn Sumners
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1964-04-20) April 20, 1964 (age 52)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Residence Edmonds, Washington, U.S.
Height 5'1" (155 cm)
Skating club Seattle Skating Club
Retired 1984

Rosalynn Diane Sumners (born April 20, 1964) is an American ladies' singles figure skater. She was the World Junior champion in 1980, the U.S. National champion in 1982, 1983 and 1984, World champion in 1983, and won a silver medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics (second to Katarina Witt).


Though born in Palo Alto, California, Sumners was raised in Edmonds, Washington and learned to skate there, and considered it to be her hometown throughout her skating career. 5th Avenue in Edmonds was renamed "Rosalynn Sumners Boulevard" in 1984 after her Olympic performance. "Roz" as many would call her was a very hard working skater. Her coach, Lorraine Borman, was called the "Wizard of Roz" and established her student's artistry as her strong point in her skating. Sumners balanced her athleticism and artistry which always gave her that competitive edge.

Sumners turned professional after the 1984 Winter Olympics. She toured first with Disney on Ice, and then was one of the original cast members of the Stars on Ice tour, with which she appeared until 1999.

Sumners lent three of her world figure skating medals to an Edmonds bank for display in 1984. When she returned to pick them up, the bank had changed ownership, and no one knew where the medals had been stored. They were lost for 20 years, but discovered as unclaimed property in a safe deposit box and returned to Sumners (with a mock "awards" ceremony) by the state of Washington in 2004.

On April 24, 2004, she married IMG vice president Bob Kain.


Event 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84
Winter Olympics 2nd
World Championships 6th 1st
NHK Trophy 2nd
Skate America 4th 1st
Skate Canada 5th 2nd 3rd
International: Junior
World Junior Champ. 1st
U.S. Championships 4th 1st 1st 1st

Records and achievements[edit]

  • World champion (1983)
  • Three-time United States National champion (1982–1984)
  • Olympic silver medalist (1984)
  • Inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame (2001)

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