Peggy Fleming Looks Back At Her Olympic Gold Medal 50 Years Later | TODAY

Peggy Fleming Looks Back At Her Olympic Gold Medal 50 Years Later | TODAY


MORNING. HI, ANNE, GOOD MORNING. LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY. YOU KNOW, PEGGY FLEMING PROPELLED FIGURE SKATING INTO THE WINTER GAMES MARQUEE SPORT, LEAVING SUCH A MARK THAT A HALF CENTURY LATER, WE’RE STILL ASKING WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PEGGY FLEMING. FOUR MINUTES OF OLYMPIC MAGIC LIVE AND IN COLOR ON TV FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. SUDDENLY A NATION IN THE MIDST OF PAINFUL AND DRAMATIC CHANGE SAW THE BEST OF ITSELF, REFLECTED IN AN ELEGANT AND ETHEREAL 19-YEAR-OLD PEGGY FLEMING.>>WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THAT NIGHT?>>I REMEMBER BEING TERRIFIED.>>REALLY?>>YEAH.>>IT DIDN’T SHOW.>>I KNOW. AND I LOOK AT THE FOOTAGE AND I SEE MYSELF STEPPING OUT ON THE ICE. AND I GO, GOSH, I DON’T LOOK NERVOUS AT ALL. BUT INSIDE I WAS LIKE — I WAS TERRIFIED.>>WAS IT YOUR BEST PERFORMANCE?>>NO, IT WASN’T. AND THAT’S KIND OF SAD FOR ME THAT IT WASN’T MY SKATE OF A LIFETIME.>>Reporter: BUT IT WAS THE SKATE OF OUR LIFETIME. THE JUDGES IN AMERICA FALLING IN LOVE WITH PEGGY’S ARTISTRY. A SERIES OF TELEVISION SPECIALS DEEPENING THE BOND.>>WE’LL HAVE TO STOP MEETING LIKE THIS.>>I HADN’T EVEN BABY-SAT BEFORE AND THIS WAS MY FIRST JOB. I WENT, OKAY. WHATEVER. I’M GOING TO DO IT. AND I HAD SO MUCH FUN. I HAD GENE KELLY, YOU KNOW, SKATING WITH ME AND IT WAS LIKE, WOW. THIS IS — THIS IS LIKE BIG TIME.>>Reporter: GIRLS WANTED TO BE HER, BOYS WANTED TO DATE HER. PEGGY WOULD TRANSCEND SPORTS TO BECOME PART OF THE POP CULTURE, HELPING EXPLAIN TOE LOOPS AND AXLES ON TV, PITCHING PRODUCTS.>>SO YOU WEREN’T ON THE COVER OF WHEATIES?>>NO. BRAN FLAKES.>>WELL, IT IS A CEREAL BOX.>>Reporter: MAKING WINE, EVEN SURVIVING BREAST CANCER. YET IT WOULD BE ON THE ICE WHERE PEGGY WOULD ETCH HER INDELIBLE MARK. “SPORTS ILLUSTRATED” NAMING PEGGY ALONG WITH JACKIE ROBIN SUB, BILLIE JEAN KING AND ARNOLD PALMER AS ONE OF SEVEN ATHLETES WHO CHANGED THEIR SPORT.>>DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE CHANGING YOUR SPORT?>>NO, NOT AT ALL. I JUST KEPT DOING THINGS. IT’S PRETTY COOL.>>Reporter: THE CALIFORNIA GIRL NOW LIVES IN COLORADO. UNPACKING BOXES OF MEMORIES.>>THIS IS INNOCENCE RIGHT HERE.>>OH, LOOK HOW CUTE.>>Reporter: AFTER A MOVE TO BE CLOSER TO HER THREE GRANDCHILDREN. A LIFE GROUNDED IN GOOD FRIENDS AND GOOD CHOICES, STARTING WITH HER HUSBAND, GREG JENKINS. HER BOYFRIEND AT THE OLYMPICS.>>SO, GREG, WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT PEGGY’S PERFORMANCE IN ’68?>>I REMEMBER IT WAS REALLY NERVE RACKING TO WATCH. BUT I WAS SO PROUD OF HER. MY PARENTS HAD BOUGHT A COLOR TV JUST SO WE COULD WATCH IT LIVE VIA SATELLITE. IT WAS FANTASTIC.>>PEGGY’S MEMORIES ROOTED IN BEING THE SECOND DAUGHTER OF AL AND DORIS FLEMING, A WORKING CLASS COUPLE WHO MOVED TO COLORADO SPRINGS SO PEGGY COULD TRAIN WITH THE BEST. AL DROVE THE ZAMBONI WHILE SHE SKATED BUT NEVER LIVED TO SEE HER GOLD MEDAL. DORIS MADE HER CHARTREUSE DRESS.>>MY MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT, I THINK, AT THAT OLYMPICS WAS SEEING MY MOTHER’S FACE. I THINK SHE PUT SO MUCH INTO ME AND GUIDED ME AND MADE ME FEEL STRONG AND THAT SHE REALLY SAW THE BIG PICTURE OF WHAT I COULD DO AND SHE HELPED ME BE STRONG AND SHE PUSHED, AND I NEEDED THAT.>>DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT SHE SAID TO YOU WHEN YOU GOT OFF THE ICE?>>SHE DIDN’T HAVE TO SAY A WORD. I COULD SEE IT. IT WAS THE HAPPIEST I’VE EVER SEEN HER.>>Reporter: A MAGIC MOMENT THAT 50 YEARS LATER IS WHY PEGGY FLEMING REMAINS AMERICA’S GOLD STANDARD. NOW, ALWAYS LOOKING TO IMPROVE HER SPORT, THIS SUMMER PEGGY WILL UNVEIL THE INAUGURAL PEGGY FLEMING TROPHY WHERE SKATERS WILL COMPETE BASED ON ARTISTRY INSTEAD OF JUMPS. BUT FIRST, THERE ARE MEDALS TO BE WON HERE. SAVANNAH, HODA AND AL.>>WE LOVE THAT, ANNE.>>THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE, ANNE.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>BY THE WAY, WHO’S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR’S PEGGY FLEMING? NOBODY CAN TOP HER, BUT WE’LL HAVE LIVE COVERAGE OF THE WINTER OLYMPICS ALL DAY ON THE NETWORKS OF NBC. TONIGHT ON NBC PRIMETIME AND THE

30 Replies to “Peggy Fleming Looks Back At Her Olympic Gold Medal 50 Years Later | TODAY”

  1. WHAT is it today with folk wearing all this long scraggly hair? Women with  thin too long hair, men with horrible beards and too long hair, children with wild hair. TOO MUCH.

  2. All nations possessing nuclear weapons will say that the United States is a very important military example for its own nuclear transformation.
    So I think the United States would appreciate North Korea's view of the United States as a role model.

  3. Asking "Who will be the next Peggy Fleming"!? … I think not … Now, one might ask who's the next Dorothy (* the TRUE American Gold standard *) … Peggy's mom, Doris, however was a gem – very generous and kind

  4. who will be the next Peggy Fleming? come one no one will ever touch Peggy Fleming skating Peggy will ever be the greatest ever

  5. AARGGHH SHE DRINKS WINE? She MAKES wine? Oh this makes me so mad! Here I am watching with interest, thinking how nice and sweet she is, and then I see she uses alcohol? I have ranted against alcohol for 16 years online, typing my fingers to the bone, trying to help people understand why we shouldn't use this stuff! Alcohol is a drug! Just because it's legal doesn't make it right! A casual booze drinker is no better than a casual pot smoker except they aren't breaking the law! And we will NEVER get the pot smokers to understand why it's wrong and immature to use drugs to have "fun", as long as people drink booze! Pot smokers always use the excuse, "Pot is safer than alcohol." I tell them over and over we shouldn't use EITHER of these things! How hard is that?? People need to grow up and set an example! Not to mention the health risks; studies show that even in low doses, alcohol significantly increases the risk of breast cancer in women, along with liver and rectum cancer. LOW DOSES! I know Peggy had breast cancer, well this wine could very well have caused it! But even if alcohol were good for you, just the fact that it's a mind-altering drug makes it wrong and just plain immature! Again, people need to grow up and not use mind-altering drugs recreationally! She wouldn't smoke pot, would she? Heaven's no! Yet she thinks nothing is wrong with using a mind-altering drug in the form of alcohol? Oh this makes me so mad! Now every time I hear her name I'll remember how she drinks booze and even MAKES WINE, as they said in this video?? AARGGHH!

  6. And look at that, all the newspeople afterwards are raving about how they LOVED that, and they LOVE Peggy Fleming. Nobody even speaks up about how she drinks wine and makes wine?? AARGGHH!

  7. she has accomplished so many great things on ice and the sport. she looks beautiful and happy. Such a legend. I'm always fascinated by people who did so much in their lives to be remembered by.

  8. OMG, Peggy ruined her face with plastic surgery, botox and fillers that make her face look lumpy and strange. And why are her eyes so liquidy? Looks like an alcoholic.

  9. After the tragedy which took all of our top skaters,Peggy lifted herself and the whole of American skating out of the ashes like a Phoenix!Beautiful lady.

  10. I was an Ice follies chorus girl and had the pleasure of skating with Peggy in a few exclusive productions , she was beautiful, humble lady inside and out! ….She is a true American Idol /Icon.

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