The Broadmoor Skating Club was founded in 1939 and was originally called the Pikes Peak Skating Club. The club was the figure skating club associated with the Broadmoor World Arena which was an ice rink founded by Thayer Tutt, the owner of the Broadmoor Hotel.
In 1994, the Broadmoor World Arena was torn down, so the club moved to the Colorado Springs World Arena. The Colorado Springs World Arena Ice Hall is a training center for some of the best figure skaters in the world.
When visitors go into the Olympic ice sheet in the ice hall, they are greeted with a very impressive display. Banners hang over the ice sheet that remember all the U.S. national, world, and Olympic figure skating champions that have trained at either the old Broadmoor World Arena or the newer Colorado Springs World Arena and have represented the Broadmoor Skating Club.
In addition, banners are displayed to honor Apolo Ohno, who won two Olympic gold medals in short track speed skating.
“The idea for the banners began in 1988,” says Lois Nesselhauf who had been the manager of the old Broadmoor World Arena.
“The Broadmoor Hotel management realized that the ice arena had a tremendous history that needed to be shown off. A big celebration took place. Olympic figure skating champion, Carol Heiss, presented the banners and honored her husband, Hayes Alan Jenkins, and brother-in-law, David Jenkins, who represented the Broadmoor Skating Club and trained at the Broadmoor World Arena when they respectively won the 1956 and 1960 Olympic figure skatng titles.”
After the celebration, the banners were hung from the ceiling in the arena. It was decided that new banners were to be added when new champions from the Broadmoor Skating Club were crowned. After the Broadmoor World Arena was torn down, and when the Colorado Springs World Arena Ice Hall was built, the banners were then taken to the ice hall.
Patrick Chan, of Canada, who lives in Colorado Springs and trains at the Broadmoor World Arena, won the men’s world figure skating title in 2011. A banner honoring him is not hanging in the ice hall as yet.
“As far as the banners go, we want to stay under the guidelines the Broadmoor Skating Club has set. Apolo Ohno was not a Broadmoor Skating Club member, but he did win the Olympics and trained in our facility,” say Dot Lischick, General Manager of the Colorado Springs World Arena.
“If Patrick wins the Olympics and continues to train at the World Arena Ice Hall when he wins the title, a banner may be displayed to honor him. All the existing banners that are hung in the ice hall remember Broadmoor Skating Club home club members who won national, world, and Olympic figure skating titles.”
In recent years, U.S. national figure skating champions have represented the Broadmoor Skating Club. Banners have been added in their honor, but the last Broadmoor Skating Club member who won a world title was Jill Trenary in 1990. More recently, 2010 Olympian and US ladies champion, Rachael Flatt, won the junior world ladies title in 2008. Pair skaters Keanua Mclaughlin and Rockne Brubaker won the junior world pairs title in 2007.
Some other names that are included on the banners are:
- Peggy Fleming – 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
- Colleen O’Connor and Jim Millns – 1974, 1974, and 1976 U.S. Ice Dance Champions
- Scott Cramer – 1980 World Professional Figure Skating Champion
- Todd Eldredge – 1988 Junior World Figure Skating Champion
- Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin – 2011 U.S. National Pair Skating Champions
- Ryan Bradley – 2011 U.S. National Figure Skating Champion
- Review of the Colorado Springs World Arena Ice Hall
- About the Broadmoor Skating Club
- Video of the champions from the Broadmoor Skating Club