of retirement. “She never received a significant criticism,
and that’s unique in our sport,” said Benjamin Wright, who served as a referee or judge at 22 World Championships and six Olympics. When DeMore’s international career was fin- ished, she eagerly continued judging on local and regional levels, often taking time to assist younger judges. “She had a remarkable skating career, judg-
DEMORE Te words were plain and straightforward:
CASEY Vivian G. “Muggins” Casey died March 11, 2012, at her home in Great Falls, Mont. She was 100.
Muggins supported the figure skating careers of her two daughters, Kathy and Myrna, as well the all-American hockey career of son Terry. Kathy coaches World and Olympic skaters at the Broad- moor SC in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was a fabulous cook and all of the skaters at the rink used to fight over who would get to come to the Casey home for Sunday dinner. Muggins had many friends and not one en-
emy. She was born on Oct. 23, 1911, in Spring
Brook, N.D., where she also grew up and attended schools. Her hobbies included playing bridge and visiting her grandchildren and great grandchil- dren.
Muggins is survived by her daughters; a
daughter-in-law, Nancy (Al) Getten of Great Falls; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mau- rice “Bub” Casey in 1976 and son, Terry Casey, in 1967.
LAYTON Courtney Jean Layton, who skated for most of her childhood, died March 19, 2012. She was 23.
Courtney won the bronze medal at the Ju-
nior Olympics as an intermediate skater. She was an awesome snowboarder, loved attending music festivals and enjoyed Hula-Hooping, hiking and yoga.
She graduated from Dexter High School in 2007 and attended Western Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College and the Univer- sity of Northern Colorado. Courtney was loved by all she touched and will be missed dearly by her mother, Laurie; her father, Randy; stepmom, Cathy; her brother and sister-in-law Ryan and Maggi Jackson; and a large extended family.
In February 2012 a grievance was filed by U.S. Figure Skating Ethics Committee Chair, Karen Terry Perrault, against Mike Norman alleging violations of GR 1.01, GR 1.02 and GR 1.03. Mr. Norman did not reply to the grievance.
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Per U.S. Figure Skating Rule GCR 3.03 (B), his non-response constitutes an admission of the allegations, and he waived his right to a hearing or appeal. The Grievance Committee chair has therefore suspended Mr. Norman’s membership
in U.S. Figure Skating for a period of two years and also suspended him from any and all lead- ership positions pertaining to any U.S. Figure Skating–sanctioned club or event for the next five years.
“You will be remembered as a great judge.” Former U.S. Figure Skating President Mor-
ry Stillwell succinctly summed up a lifetime of achievement in an online memorial tribute to Elaine R. DeMore, who passed away March 31 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was 81. DeMore was a serious judge who kept a smile
on her face, a professional who stuck to the rules, but bowed out when those rules changed. A pro- ponent of the 6.0 system, she awarded only two in her storied career. Unwittingly, she also was a trailblazer. In 1946, at age 16, DeMore earned her first appoint- ment as a figures judge, reportedly making her the youngest judge in U.S. Figure Skating history. (Currently, a judge must be 18 years or older.) In 1949 she became a dance judge, eventually work- ing her way up to national, international and World appointments in singles (men and ladies), pairs and ice dancing. Until her death, she was a U.S. Figure Skat-
ing Hall of Fame elector. She served on the In- ternational Committee in 1992–93. DeMore was named an honorary national judge at the 2011 Governing Council and was recognized by the ISU with a Diploma of Service. In all, DeMore judged two Olympic Winter
Games (1984 Sarajevo and 1994 Lillehammer); 12 ISU World and World Junior Championships; 34 international competitions; and numerous U.S. national, sectional and regional champion- ships.
At the 1984 Olympics, DeMore was among the judges who awarded a perfect 6.0 to British ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean for their memorable “Bolero” program. Te pair re- ceived 12 6.0s and six 5.9s, which included artistic impression scores of 6.0 from every judge en route to the gold medal. “I gave them a 6.0 for presentation,” DeMore
told Cleveland’s Te Plain Dealer in 2002. “Te only other time I gave a 6.0 was in 1980 for Scott Hamilton at nationals. I’m very stingy with my numbers.” DeMore, who quit competitive skating be- cause she couldn’t land an Axel, was an interna- tional judge until age 70, the ISU–mandated age
ing from the grass roots right up to the top,” her daughter Elaine “Lainie” DeMore said. “She was a mentor to judges coming up from the ranks throughout her career.” Skating is woven deeply into the DeMore
family fabric: Elaine’s husband, Charles (“Chuck”) DeMore, was president of U.S. Figure Skating from 1976 to 1980; Lainie DeMore currently serves on the U.S. Figure Skating board. Perhaps Chuck’s mother, Rose, sensed a tight bond to the sport when she knitted the young family matching skating sweaters out of heavy Norwegian wool. After graduating from Ursuline College in 1952, she married Chuck in 1953. At the time she worked at Halle Brothers Co. department store. She later taught fourth grade in suburban Cleve- land. When Lainie was born in 1955, Elaine left the workforce to raise her daughter but continued to focus on judging. In 1976, she became a World judge.
Meanwhile, Chuck’s skating career took off.
After starting as an accountant, he eventually co- chaired the 1964 U.S. Championships and as U.S. Figure Skating president oversaw the figure skating competition at the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. He served on the ISU Council from 1980 to 1994, which oftentimes found Chuck and Elaine working at the same international competi- tions.
“As they started to travel, they developed
great friendships all over the world,” Lainie said. “Tey had friends in Canada, England, Japan, Norway. Her ‘judging buddies,’ she always called them. My mom really enjoyed those friendships.” In addition to her judging career, Elaine De-
More was a chaperone for Tom Collins’ Champi- ons on Ice tours from 1978 until 2002, making lifetime friendships with many skating greats, including U.S. and World Hall of Fame member Michelle Kwan. “Elaine was like a mother to me,” Kwan wrote
on DeMore’s online memorial guestbook. “For more than a decade when I traveled on tour with Champions on Ice she played the role of my mom — always making sure that I was looked after and cared for. It is no wonder that I called her ‘Mom.’” Memorial donations in Elaine DeMore’s name may be made to the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, 20 First Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
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