Figure skaterDied when: 49 years 126 days (592 months)
Star Sign: Libra
Maribel Yerxa Vinson-Owen (October 12, 1911 – February 15, 1961) was an American figure skater and coach.She competed in the disciplines of ladies' singles and pair skating.
As a single skater, she was the 1932 Olympic bronze medalist, a two-time World medalist (1928 silver, 1930 bronze), the 1937 North American champion, and a nine-time U.S. national champion.
As a pair skater, she was the 1935 North American champion and four-time national champion with George Hill.She also won two national titles with Thornton Coolidge.
She was the first female sportswriter at The New York Times, and continued competing and winning medals while working as a full-time reporter.
Vinson-Owen is tied with Michelle Kwan for the record in U.S. ladies' figure skating titles.