James Grogan

James Grogan
James Grogan 1958.jpg
Grogan in 1958
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1931-12-07)December 7, 1931
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Died July 3, 2000(2000-07-03) (aged 68)
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
Former coach Edi Scholdan
Skating club St. Moritz Figure Skating Club

James David "Jim" Grogan (December 7, 1931 – July 3, 2000)[1] was an American figure skater who won a bronze medal at the 1952 Oslo Olympics.[2] He also won four silver medals at the United States Figure Skating Championships and at the World Figure Skating Championships. During his competitive career, he was coached by Edi Scholdan at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[3]

After turning professional, he performed in Arthur Wirtz's Hollywood Ice Revue, with Sonja Henie's European tour, and later in Ice Capades before taking up coaching. He founded a skating school at Squaw Valley and coached at the Ice Castle International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, California for many years.[3] He was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1991.[4]

Grogan was born in Tacoma, Washington. He was married to 1960 Olympic pair champion Barbara Wagner, but they later divorced.[1] He died suddenly of multiple organ failure on July 3, 2000, in San Bernardino, California.[1] He was survived by his daughter and son and second wife Yasuko Grogan.[4]

Competitive highlights

Event 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954
Winter Olympics 6th 3rd
World Championships 5th 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
North American Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd
U.S. Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Jim Grogan". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "James Grogan". Olympedia. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Ice Castle press release with obituary". Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b "Grogan won Olympic bronze in Oslo". Associated press via ESPN. July 4, 2000.