9: Rory Flack: Ebony on Ice

Support the show on Patreon OR Buy me a coffee Welcome of the first of the "Your stories told your way" Segment While interacting with people on Instagram, I often get contacted by individuals who have either carved out a place in history for themselves or have a connection to someone who has. So this segment is to give those people a chance to tell those stories for themselves. Unedited and raw, this recording is a conversation I was privileged enough to have with Figure Skating legend Rory Flack. She has a fantastic story and is the first African American to perform a black flip on Ice in a professional setting. Flack began skating at age 5. At age 13, she met the pioneer for African Americans in figure skating, Mabel Fairbanks. Fairbanks inspired Flack to continue skating after wanting to stop at an early age due to racism. Two years later, Debi Thomas, Bobby Beauchamp and Rory Flack skated to three medals at the US National Championships. This was the first time three African Americans competed at the Nationals, and they all earned spots on the international team. In 1986, Flack won the junior bronze medal at the U.S. Championships. She also competed internationally, winning the silver medal at the 1987 Grand Prix International St. Gervais. Her performance at the 1987 U.S. Championships attracted national attention and earned her an appearance with footage on Saturday Night Live. It was the first time a figure skater was on the show. If you have an exciting story or are connected to a fascinating figure from Black History and would like to be featured on the show, you can contact me via: Instagram: @blackhistorybuff777 Email: blackhistorybuff777@gmail.com Telegram: https://t.me/BHB777 You can contact Rory at: Tel: +01 3464207168 m.me/realroryflack http://www.coloroficepro.com If you've enjoyed this or any of the other episodes, you can support the show and gain exclusive extras at: Patreon: www.patreon.com/Blackhistorybuff/posts Or Paypal: paypal.me/blackhistorybuff777 Finally, you can reach me on all socials at the below link: linktr.ee/black_history_buff_777 Thank you for your time and support the encouragement I've received means the world to me. P.s As promised here is the link to Rory's backflip: https://youtu.be/NUrsMasS1dk https://pod.fan/black-history-buff-podcast (Become a friend of the show) Show Notes:  ) Support this podcast

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