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Sonya Klopfer Dunfield, Ron Joseph, Vivian Joseph, reporter Amy Rosewater, Krista Joseph and Alianna Joseph met for lunch in Greensboro at the aptly named hotel restaurant.


young!” Suddenly, the arena lights dimmed. Vivian


and Ron felt the warmth of the spotlight as their names were announced to the arena. Fifty years after winning their national title, Vivian and Ron stepped back onto the ice together. “We’ve come full circle,” Ron said moments


later. “I just really feel bad that our parents and Peter couldn’t be here. All of them sacrificed so much for my sister and me.” Having spent much of the weekend min- gling with many of their skating friends from the past, Vivian and Ron enjoyed seeing how far the sport had come. “It was so exciting to see the current group of accomplished skaters,” Ron said. “I felt that vi- brant atmosphere of competing that never seems to go away. I remembered most of the pain, the fortitude and sacrifices that my sister and I made to achieve the same goal.”


The Josephs presented coveted hardware to the senior pairs medalists in Greensboro. After spending a half century caught be-


tween third and fourth place, Vivian made an astute observation. “I think it’s so nice to see that the fourth-


place team gets a medal here, too,” she said of the pewter medalists. “I know they worked just as hard as the third-place team.” Later that day, Vivian and Ron again went


their separate ways. Vivian flew north to Chica- go. Ron drove south to Florida. In the months afterward, Vivian and Ron


still glowed about that trip to Greensboro. Ron’s adult children — Jeremy, who works


in Washington, D.C.; Adele, a ski instructor in Colorado; and Charlie and Billy, both Navy SEALS — all have been in touch with their dad to congratulate him.


And his youngest, Alianna, appears to be smitten. Alianna had a chance meeting with Gra- cie Gold and her twin sister, Carly, in an elevator in Greensboro. Alianna was so mesmerized by the costumes, music and makeup that she wanted to go skating shortly after returning to Florida. “She was so whipped up after Greensboro


that we made a 35-minute ride to a rink,” Krista said. “She loved getting on the ice.” Just like her dad and aunt Vivian did in


Greensboro. Editor’s note: While fact checking a story in 2013,


Amy Rosewater stumbled on a records discrepancy that prompted her to launch an investigation into the 1964 Olympic pairs results. After her story ran in Te New York Times, the IOC took action to clarify the results. Rosewater shares how she got the story at usfigureskatingfanzone./blog.


2015 U.S. pairs champions Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim got to meet the Josephs following the exciting competition.


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