On February 15, 1961 a plane crashed on route to landing in Brussels, Belgium and burst into flames. Everyone on board was killed instantly, including the entire US World Figure Skating team, consisting of 18 athletes and 16 family members, coaches, and officials on their way to the World Championships. The loss was so devastating to the entire sport that the World Championships were canceled that year.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that loss and to celebrate Figure Skating, a movie RISE, will premier February 17, 2011. Get out your tissues