Harold Hartshorne’s Life On The Ice

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Published on April 28, 2012 with 1 Comment

By Sharon Hazard

LITTLE SILVER – Living on the banks of the Shrewsbury River at “Boxwood Manor,” skating was a natural pastime for Harold Hartshorne.

Harold Hartshorne, who was born in 1891 and died in 1961, took skating a few steps further. He mastered the art of ice dancing and

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  1. There are a few serious factual errors in this story. First, it’s true that ice dancing did not become an Olympic sport until 1976, but it’s not true that “until then it was simply known as figure skating.” Ice dancing is a distinct discipline within the broader sport of figure skating. “Ice dancing” is not just another name for it.

    Second, the statement that Harold Hartshorne “was the silver medalist, along with partner Kathe Mehle, in the 1944 Winter Olympics” cannot possibly be true, not only because, as pointed out earlier, ice dancing was not yet an Olympic sport, but because there were no Winter Olympics at all in 1944. Both the Summer and Winter Olympics of 1940 and 1944 were canceled due to World War II.

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