Yvonne Dowlen is 90 years old. The fact that she still ice skates every day is astounding! Dowlen’s career began in her 20’s when she was an Ice Capades star. Her passion for ice skating nearly ended when she suffered a concussion in a car wreck at the age of 80. Doctors said she’d never skate again, but Dowlen kept training off the ice, until they gave her the green light to continue with her passion. When Dowlen wasn’t skating herself, she was on the ice teaching kids figure skating.
At the age of 90, Dowlen was still performing in ice skating competitions across America. She was also a long-term member of the Ice Skating Institute and taught many children how to skate.
Dowlen was known to say, “For me, it’s very important just to stand on the ice.” However, even in old age, she did much more than that!
In the video, you can see Dowlen perform in what would be her very last national competition. She leaps, twirls, and spins across the ice,. It’s hard to believe that she is nine decades old.
Sadly, Dowlen died on May 2, 2016, while she was skating at an ice rink in Colorado. Her heart gave out while she was doing what she loved most.
Dowlen certainly was an inspirational lady!
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