World Figure Skating Hall of Fame tabs nominees
Class of 2013 nominees include Thomas, Stojko, Babilonia & Gardner
|Olympic bronze medalist Debi Thomas of the U.S. is among the class of 2013 nominees. (Getty Images)|
"Once again we have a stellar group of accomplished athletes and contributors from around the world who have made a significant impact on figure skating," Mondschein said. "These individuals continue to inspire a new generation of athletes through their contributions both on and off the ice.
"This year, we had a record number of 122 nominations from 12 countries. All nominees are to be congratulated for being included on the World Hall of Fame ballot, where an esteemed group of electors, many of whom are members of the World Hall of Fame, will vote on those individuals who will be named to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame class of 2013."
Nominees may be inducted for accomplishments as competitors, coaches or for other significant contributions. To be considered, a competitive nominee must be retired from eligible skating for at least five seasons.
The announcement of the class of 2013 will be posted March 22 at worldskatingmuseum.org and icenetwork.com.
Nominees for the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame class of 2013:
CATEGORY A: Outstanding competitor
Denise Biellmann, Switzerland
Sjoukje Dijkstra, Netherlands
Debi Thomas, United States
Elvis Stojko, Canada
Tim Wood, United States
Artur Dmitriev and Natalia Mishkutenok and Oksana Kazakova, USSR/Russia
Tai Babilonia & Randy Gardner, United States
Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin, USSR
Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov, USSR/Russia
Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov, USSR
CATEGORY B: Outstanding contributor (non-athletic)
No nominees made the ballot
CATEGORY C: Outstanding contributor (creative impact)
Sarah Kawahara, Canada
Hans Rudi Mauch ("Mr. Frack"), Switzerland
Lori Nichol, Canada