2:49 p.m., June 2, 2010----Barbara Roles-Williams, 1960 Olympic bronze medalist in figure skating and a coach at the University of Delaware's Ice Skating Science Development Center, was inducted into the Professional Skaters Association Hall of Fame during the organization's national conference held last week in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Roles-Williams retired following the Olympics but returned to competition following the tragic 1961 airplane crash that claimed the lives of members of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team.
She won the national championship in 1962, making her the first skater to win gold in novice, junior and senior nationals. That feat was later duplicated by Kimmie Meissner, who trained at UD and won the national title in 2007.
Former students of Roles-Williams include Lisa-Marie Allen, Wendy Burge, Nicole Bobek, Scott Williams (her stepson), Charlene Wong (who later married Scott Williams), and Geoffry Varner, just to name a few.
Roles-Williams joins such outstanding coaches as Ron Ludington, who recently stepped down as director of the UD Ice Skating Science Development Center but continues there as a renowned coach, Frank Carroll, Maribel Vinson Owen, Gus Lussi and John Nicks.
Roles-Williams was introduced during the Hall of Fame ceremony by Jeff DiGregorio, a fellow coach at the UD center.