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Figure-skating can sometimes be an expensive sport, it was the last time Suna Murry took to the ice.

Skating before the new paint under the ice in Watson Rink had dried. Olympic-star Murry scarred the Crimson colors last Thursday night and cost Harvard workmen several hours' time for repairs. "Some of the hockey players told me the ice was ready," she said.

Seventeen-year-old Murry finished twelfth in the 1972 Winter Olympics held in Japan and has a total of 14 medals from figure-skating competitions throughout the world.

She has a key to Watson Rink and is allowed to skate whenever the hockey team is off the ice. "I don't thing anything much happened," said Murry, "but the athletic directors were kind of upset."

Murry said that athletic director Robert B. Watson told her. "It's nice having you Suna, but..." She sent Watson a note of apology.

Jimmy Shugrew, the employee in charge of renovating Watson Rink, would not comment on the damage, but Baaron Pittenger, associate athletic director, said. "It was more of an irritation than anything else--Shugrew is a perfectionist who works hard to get things done well and properly."

Aside from the double painting of the ice, recent renovations of Watson Rink include the addition of a new scoreboard and the refinishing of its walls. "It's not that cold, cinder-block place it was." Billy Cleary, hockey team coach, said yesterday.

Murry's scarring of the paint held up hockey practice for a day

Murry has placed as high as third in the Nationals and will compete in them again this January. Her father, a Canadian-born hockey player, first interested her in skating. With constant practice at a rink a block from her house. Murry has developed into one of the top ten figure-skaters in the world.

Although only a freshman, she will miss a month of school to travel to Czechoslovakia to participate in the World Championships in February. "I'll make up the work somehow," she said, explaining that she missed 102 days of high school last year in South Orange, N.J.

Murry still has a key and full privileges at Watson but said that she is getting somewhat annoyed at several of the hockey players for referring to her as "the girl who mucked up the ice."

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