Two Skaters from Holyoke in World Meet

by Laurel | February 12th, 2007

[adapted from the Berkshire Evening Eagle, 12 Feb 1947.]

Above: Doris Schubach (center) and Walter Noffke (right), featured on the cover of Skating, (Official Publication of the United States Figure Skating Association) 1943. From the personal collection of Laurel O’Donnell.

Stockholm—A hard-working group of American figure skaters are getting in their practice licks at Stockholm Stadium in preparation for the world championships starting tomorrow and continuing through Sunday.

The U.S. competitors, first to arrive, find that the present wave of extreme cold makes training on the outdoor rink a hardship, as many of them are accustomed to the comparative comfort of indoor arenas.

Swedish spectators watched with grave interest today as Mr. and Mrs. Walter Noffke of Holyoke, Mass., and Karol and Mrs. Michael Kennedy of Seattle, Washington went through their routines in the chill wind. The Noffkes have won the American pairskating title three times.

Note: The Schubach family is connected to my own family genealogy via marriage. Contact by anyone with connections to this family group would be welcome.

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