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Barbara Ann Roles
Personal information
Full name: Barbara Ann Roles
Alternative names: Barbara Ann Roles-Pursley, Barbara Roles Williams
Country represented:  United States
Date of birth: April 6, 1941 (1941-04-06) (age 68)
Place of birth: San Mateo, California
Skating club: Arctic Blades
Retired: 1960, 1962
Olympic medal record
Ladies's Figure Skating
Competitor for  United States
Bronze 1960 Squaw Valley Singles

Barbara Ann Roles (married names: Pursley, Williams), born April 6, 1941 in San Mateo, California) is an American former figure skater who currently works as a coach. She is the 1960 Olympic bronze medalist.

She retired following the 1960 Olympic season and had a child (Shelley Pursley Boatright). She was asked to come out of retirement after the Sabena Flight 548 crashed and killed the entire 1961 US Figure Skating Team.[1] Roles complied and won the gold medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1962 making her the first skater to win a gold medal in novice, junior and senior nationals. She was the only skater to accomplish this until Kimmie Meisner performed the same feat in 2007. Later in 1962 she had a son (Ronald Dean Pursley Chorak) whose middle name she named after her mentor, Dean Mc Minn, who died in the 1961 plane crash.

She later took up coaching; her pupils have included Lisa-Marie Allen, Wendy Burge , Nicole Bobek, Brian Pockar, Vikki DeVries, and Geoffry Varner. She is also the step mother and former coach of U.S. skater Scott Williams.

She is the daughter of Carl A. Roles[2].

Competitive highlights

Event/Season 1959 1960 1962
Winter Olympics 3rd
World Championships 5th 3rd 5th
U.S. Championships 3rd 2nd 1st


  1. ^ Nichols, Nikki. Frozen in Time: The Enduring Legacy of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team. Emmis Books, 2006. ISBN 1-57860-260-2.
  2. ^ [1]


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