Women’s History Month: Profile: Janet Lynn

Janet Lynn (1953- ) became Rockford’s first Olympic medalist, claiming bronze in women’s figure skating at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.

Four years earlier, Lynn became Rockford’s second Olympic athlete, finishing ninth in women’s figure skating in Grenoble, France, at age 14.

Lynn began skating before she was 3, and was among the first women to land in competition both the triple salchow and the triple toe loop, helping prove women had the ability to deliver powerful, crowd-pleasing jumps.

Originally from Chicago, Lynn began training with her coach, Slavka Kohout, at the Wagon Wheel Ice Palace in Rockton, which has since closed.

Following her competitive amateur career, in 1973 Lynn became the highest-paid female athlete of the time when she signed a three-year, $1.45 million contract with the Ice Follies.

A five-time U.S. Women’s National Figure Skating Champion, Lynn was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1994.

Now retired, Lynn is married, has five sons and sometimes works as a Christian motivational speaker. She was most recently featured in the Feb. 17, 2006, Chicago Tribune article “Whatever happened to Janet Lynn?”

From the March 1-7, 2006, issue

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