U.S. Hall of Fame Member Karol Kennedy Kucher Passes Away

Karol and Peter Kennedy
(6/30/04) Five-time U.S. pairs champion and U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame member Karol Kennedy Kucher passed away Friday, June 25, in Seattle, Wash. She was 72.

Kucher died of pneumonia at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

Kucher and her brother, Peter Kennedy, won five U.S. titles from 1948-1952. They collected the silver medal in 1946 and 1947. The pair represented the U.S. at six World Championships, never finishing lower than fourth. The "Kennedy Kids" won the World silver medal four times and were World champions in 1950. They also competed in two Olympic Winter Games, winning silver in 1952 and finishing sixth in 1948. They represented both the Seattle Skating Club and the Broadmoor Skating Club during their careers.

Kucher was born in Shelton, Wash., and later moved to Olympia, Wash., and Seattle with her family. She attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the University of Washington. After her skating career, Kucher raised a family and opened a children's clothing store in 1994 that is now operated by a daughter and granddaughter.

Kucher and her brother were inducted into the U.S. Hall of Fame in 1991.

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