Fleming, Peggy, 1948–, American ice skater, b. San Jose, Calif. She began skating at age 9, and after distinguished accomplishments as a juvenile and novice skater, she was U.S. Ladies Champion from 1964 to 1968, Olympic champion in 1968, and World Champion in 1966, 1967, and 1968. In 1968 she became a professional ice skater; she retired in 1976. Her style was marked not only by superb technical control but also by an exceptional sense of music and dance. Since retiring from figure skating, she has worked as a skating commentator on televsion.
See her The Long Program (with P. Kaminsky, 1999).
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Fleming, Peggy (Gale)(1948– ) ice skater; born in San Jose, Calif. A skater from age nine, she won the world championship three times (1966–68), and an Olympic gold medal in 1968 in Mexico City, where her elegant style won her worldwide acclaim. After skating in professional revues, she served as a commentator for ABC television.
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