PETER CARRUTHERS - Head Skating Instructor
Peter Carruthers, along with his sister, Kitty, won the silver medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Their performance was the best finish of any U.S. pair team in 32 years. A feat coincidently equaled only one other time in Olympic history by a brother and sister team.
The personal story of this very special brother- sister tandem is an essay of love and destiny. Both Kitty and Peter were adopted at three months of age by Charles and Maureen Carruthers of Burlington, MA. Though they share no common genetic heritage – Kitty of Welsh and Lebanese extraction, while Peter is Dutch and English – their relationship exemplifies all the positive values of close family ties. Their Silver Medal performance at the 1984 Winter Olympics was a celebration of warmth, joy and enthusiasm for millions of Americans. When they left the ice after the awards ceremony, Kitty and Peter skated away with more than a medal – they had also won the hearts of America.
Their triumph at Sarajevo was the final chapter in an extraordinary amateur career highlighted by four consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championship Titles from 1981 through 1984, and a bronze medal at the 1982 World Figure Skating Championships. Peter and Kitty Carruthers were inducted into the Skating Hall of Fame in 1999. After the Olympics in 1984, Kitty and Peter were featured for five years in Ice Capades they then went on to tour with Discover Stars on Ice for five years where their sensational performances electrified audiences throughout North America and earned them unanimous critical praise.
Peter Carruthers has been an expert analyst exclusively for ABC Sports and ESPN figure skating telecasts. He has worked alongside Terry Gannon, Dick Button and Peggy Fleming.