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Terry Kennedy

Terry Kennedy: Often called “TK,” Kennedy began skating at age 14. He rides his skateboard with a regular footed stance. His first pro contest was in June 2008 at the Copenhagen Pro, where he finished 15th. He has since done X games Mexico (10th place). Kennedy has used his skateboarding skills to launch his other endeavors, like acting and rapping.

Stevie Williams: Philadelphia’s own Stevie Williams is the owner and founder of DGK Skateboards, a Philadelphia-based skateboard company. He was the first professional skateboarder sponsored by Reebok. He was included in the 27th position of the “30 Most Influential Skaters of All Time” list that was compiled by Transworld Skateboarding in 2011.

Surya Bonaly: French figure skater Surya Bonaly became a U.S. citizen in 2004. She is known for being one of the only skaters who can land a back flip on one foot on the ice. She is remembered for being disqualified for doing that move in the 1998 Olympics.

She participated in three different Olympics and became known for having a defiant attitude. She won the the French National title nine times and the European title five times. She placed second in the world championships three times.

Richard Ewell: was the first African American to win a national title in pair skating and single skating. He won National Junior Men title in 1970 and 1972. He also won the National Junior Pair Skating title with Michelle McCladdie, another African American.

In 1965, he became the first African American to be accepted into a figure skating club. After winning the U.S. National Junior Pair title in 1972, Ewell went on to star in Ice Capades.

Debi Thomas: was the first African American to win the Championship event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships. She won the title in 1986 and 1988, and also won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics. She is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating. She also won the World Figure Skating Championships in 1986.

Tiffany Tuckers and Franklyn Singley: are considered the first African-American ice dance team in the United States. They were also the first African-American ice dance team to win a medal at the United States National Figure Skating Championships. In 1993, they won the bronze medal in the Junior Dance event.

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at chill@phillytrib.com.

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