The Long Program: Skating Toward Lifes Victories by Peggy FlemingIn all of her roles -- athlete, wife, mother, role model, and cancer survivor -- Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming has relied upon the discipline she cultivated as a young skater. Now in this intimate memoir, she eloquently reveals her fascinating life story and shares her secrets to serenity and success.
The long Program
In the 1968 Olympic Winter Games Peggy Fleming not only captured the United States? only gold medal, but a country?s collective heart as well. A young woman who embodied both stunning athleticism and magnificent grace, Peggy Fleming reluctantly became an instant celebrity. In the decades that followed, she also triumphed off the ice -- commentating for ABC Sports and nurturing a long-standing marriage while raising two delightful sons.
But Peggy?s toughest challenge came in 1998 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Here, Peggy candidly details her courageous physical and emotional battle. She also explains how she ultimately prevailed, and why she became an outspoken, highly visible promoter of breast cancer awareness. Most important, she relates how every person?s life has its own version of the long program, those precious years that take little girls and turn them into wives, mothers, grandmas, and survivors. A compelling memoir that deserves the highest marks, The Long Program is both a portrait of a remarkable woman and a collection of inspiring lessons on how each of us can be our best.
Here's Peggy Fleming (1968) TV Special
Peggy Gale Fleming  born July 27, is an American former figure skater. Fleming has been a television commentator in figure skating for over 20 years, including several Winter Olympic Games. In , when Peggy was twelve years old, her coach William Kipp was killed in the crash of Sabena Flight along with the rest of the United States figure skating team while en route to the World Figure Skating Championships. Fleming was subsequently coached by Carlo Fassi. Her unusual style led to five U.
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Peggy Fleming born is an American figure skater , who dominated world championship skating between and She won a gold medal at the Olympics in Grenoble in , and then went on to have a long career in professional skating.
O ne of the most influential female athletes of the past century, Peggy Fleming combined grace and power to create some of the most memorable figure-skating programs of her era. At the Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France , Fleming became the only American athlete to win a gold medal at the games. Retiring from the amateur ranks after winning her third World Championship later that year, Fleming went on to star in a number of figure skating television specials and appeared with various touring ice shows in the s. Her work as a skating analyst for the ABC network kept her in the public eye in the s and s. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in , Fleming also campaigned to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment for the disease.
Fleming began skating at age nine. She worked with many coaches, including Carlo Fassi , who would eventually guide her to an Olympic gold medal. On the plane were skaters, their families, and coaches, including Bill Kipp, who coached a young Fleming. She became one of the brightest hopes to restore the United States to its former prominence in skating. Fleming won the first of five consecutive U.