A Brief History of Winter Club


The Coliseum was constructed and ice was installed.​


The Free Skating Club formed, and then was renamed Winter Club of Indianapolis. Joined U.S. Figure Skating Association in January 1941.​


Olympic champion Sonja Henie starred in ice shows in the Coliseum and many other cities.​


Cynthia Hanson, 17, was the first Winter Club member to pass the gold figure and freestyle test.  Soon after, John Allen was the first WC member to pass the gold dance test.​


Daniel Ryan, National dance champion and World bronze medalist, and his wife, RoseAnne, joined the professional staff at the Coliseum, making the rink a mecca for dancers from across the country. ​


A plane crash in Belgium killed the entire U.S. World Figure Skating Team, including coach Danny Ryan and his students, U.S. dance champions Larry Pierce and Diane Sherbloom.​


Ron Ludington, Olympic pairs bronze medalist, started coaching at the Coliseum.  His students included Sandy and Judy Schwomeyer and their dance partners, and Pieter Kollen and his partners, who won National medals in dance and pairs.    


Explosion during Holiday on Ice show in the Coliseum killed 74 and injured dozens more.​


Darlene Streich and Charles Fetter Jr. became U.S. ice dance champions and finished eighth at Worlds. ​


Judy Schwomeyer and Jim Sladky, National dance champions, skated an exhibition at the Olympics in Grenoble, France, helping to make ice dancing an Olympic event.​


Judy Schwomeyer and Jim Sladky won the silver medal in ice dancing at the World Championships, missing the title by one-tenth of a point. The couple won Nationals five times, medaled at Worlds four times and were elected to USFS Hall of Fame in 1991.​


Sandy Schwomeyer Lamb coached U.S. ice dancers in the first Olympic ice dance competition in Innsbruck, Austria.​


Kelley Morris and Michael Seibert trained at Winter Club en route to winning U.S. junior dance championship.​


U.S. Figure Skating Championships were held in Indianapolis with help from local skating clubs and civic groups.​


Sandy Lamb was elected president of the Professional Skaters Association. She also helped create local, national, and international skating events for Special Olympians.​


The first Puck, a black Labrador, took up residence at the Coliseum Skate Shop.​


Winter Club and other Indianapolis groups helped to sponsor USFS’s Celebration on Ice, a star-studded ice show marking the 25th anniversary of the plane crash. ​


Lesle Lane and Rob Ferendo competed in junior dance at Nationals.​


WC hosted the Indy Challenge Summer Dance Competition with Indiana/World Skating Academy. Over 20 years, the event evolved into one of the world’s largest pairs competition.​


Winter Club’s 50th anniversary ice show included guest skaters Judy and Jim SladkyKelley Morris and Donald Adair, and Michelle Millikan.


Patty Hagen led a team of local coaches to produce a book, Figure Skating: Sharpen Your Skills.​


Laura Page and Joel Dear competed in novice dance at Nationals.​


Kelley Morris-Adair served as PSA president until 2010.​


International Special Olympics competitors Shannon Lamb and Katie Crawford were the first athletes to complete the USFS Special Olympics gold dance test.​


Sandy Lamb contributed mementos to the USFS documentary Rise, produced on the 50th anniversary of the 1961 plane crash that killed her first coach.​


Sarah King won the gold medal in the preliminary level at National Solo Dance Championships.​


The Coliseum was closed for $63 million renovation.​


Youth Arena was opened next to the Coliseum and Winter Club moved in. Patty Hagen and Kelley Morris-Adair helped produce the PSA history book, The Joy of Coaching. Rachel Stropky and Isabel Blahunka competed at National Showcase.​


The Coliseum reopened. Viola Grace Smitman and Isabel Blahunka (third straight year) competed at the National Solo Dance Championships. Erin Giesler, Emma Leonard and Rachel Stropky qualified for National Showcase. Sandy Lamb was inducted into the PSA Hall of Fame. ​


Isabel Blahunka and Will Shawver won juvenile dance at Midwesterns and placed sixth at Nationals. 

Not all skaters mentioned were Winter Club members. Sources: Winter Club scrapbooks and conversations with members. Submit corrections or additions to Patty Hagen.