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Sophomore Dudley Richards, Junior National Figure Skating Champion, moved one step closer to qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating team when he placed second in the men's figure skating tryouts yesterday at Indianapolis. He will have to cope with the free skating and then the final competitions tonight.
Only two men will be picked. Harvard's Dick Button, the defending Olympic champion, is automatically qualified. Button has been the World Champion Figure Skater for the last four years.
The two men, three women, and two pairs, who along with Button, will make up the U.S. Olympic team will be chosen after the finals which will end about mid-night tonight in the coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
The Winter Olympics will take place in Oslo, Norway, from February 14 to 24.
Richards Loses to Grogan
Richards was beaton out of first place by James Grogan of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Grogan has been runner-up to Button in 11 major skating contests. Northwestern freshman Hayes Alan Jonkins took third place. There were three other competitors in the men's division.
In the Women's division, 16-year-old Tonley Albright of Newton Centre, Mass., won first place, beating Sonya Klopfer, who outpointed her for the Women's National Championship last spring. Virginia Baxter, a Michigan State freshman who is more noted for free skating than figure skating, turned in a fine performance to take third place.
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