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Owen, Maribel Yerxa Vinsonlocked

(12 October 1911–15 February 1961)
  • Kurt Zimmerman
  •  and Sharon Kay Stoll


Owen, Maribel Yerxa Vinson (12 October 1911–15 February 1961), figure skater and coach, was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Thomas A. Vinson, a lawyer, and Gertrude Cliff. Growing up in a skating family, Maribel seemingly began her life on the ice. Her father had competed in North American skating competitions in the 1890s using the “Old American” style of skating and was a runner-up in international competitions in Canada. He gave Maribel piggyback rides across the ice at the age of two, and she first skated at the age of three at an outdoor rink in Cambridge. Maribel won her first championship at the age of eleven, winning the ladies’ singles at the Cambridge Skating Club in Boston. At twelve she won the Junior Nationals held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after being promised a meal of lobster, her favorite food, if she did well. In 1925, at the age of fourteen, Maribel placed third in the National Seniors competition, behind ...

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