MEDIA
04/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Can Olympics Draw Ratings Without Marquee Female Skater?

It's difficult to imagine a Winter Olympics narrative without its leading lady role filled by an American. When Peggy Fleming slid onto the ice at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, she not only won the only U.S. gold medal that year, she created a new American icon. Dorothy Hamill followed in 1976 and the gold medal winner became the only skater to not only invent a move -- the Hamill Camel -- but also have her haircut go national.

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