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VERA’S GOLDEN SKATES: Vera Wang may have missed the U.S. Olympic team for figure skating, but she’s still being inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame — for her contribution to costume design. The designer will be honored Jan. 23 at this year’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland. She started skating at age eight and competed in the sport’s annual championship in 1968. That same year she was singled out as one of Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd. Wang launched her fashion career after not making the U.S. Olympic team. But she managed to keep a foot in her favorite sport, by designing costumes for two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan.
Wang, who joins the ranks of Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Kristi Yamaguchi and Scott Hamilton, said, “Skating was a chance for me to express myself in a creative way. It was the blend of all worlds — music, dance, athletics, choreography and, of course, costumes. From an early age, I really fell in love with what a body could look like, what it could do, what you could express and how you could look.”