December 29, 2020
Contact Name: Michelle Study-Campbell
Contact Phone Number: 317-979-0066 or email
Figure Skating pioneer and Indianapolis native Sandy Schwomeyer Lamb was posthumously elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on Dec. 27.
Lamb was a member of the Winter Club of Indianapolis, Inc., where she enjoyed a 40-year career as an Olympic and world coach. She taught thousands of skaters, many from their first steps on the ice at the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. She inspired many to reach the sport’s highest levels and instilled a lifelong love of figure skating.
Kelley Morris-Adair, a former student of Lamb and now a coach, shared:
“Never stop being a good person because of bad people’ is a quote Sandy shared with me on several occasions. I am grateful to have learned so much from Sandy throughout my skating and coaching career. Her passion and enthusiasm for the sport were infectious to all she came into contact with. Sandy was loved by so many, and I am blessed that she was in my life not only as my coach but as a dear friend.”
As a pioneer in the discipline of ice dancing, Lamb coached U.S. ice dancers in the first Olympic ice dance competition at the 1976 Innsbruck Games. In the 1980s, Lamb was the first female president of the Professional Skaters Association, helping to develop educational programs for coaches and encouraging thousands of skaters to become certified coaches. In 2014, Lamb was inducted into the PSA Coaches Hall of Fame.
Lamb also is credited with developing the Special Olympics ice skating program and leading local, national and international Special Olympics organizations. She coached her daughter and other skaters to World Special Olympics gold medals. Lamb died in June at age 73. She is survived by her husband Randy and daughter Shannon, of Morgantown, and son Bradley, a special education resource teacher in Noblesville. Lamb was elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame along with Olympic skater Johnny Weir and skating judge Gale Tanger. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 hall of fame class will be honored at the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Nashville, TN.