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Memorial set for skating judge from Lake Placid

October 1, 2011
By MARGARET MORAN - For the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (

LAKE PLACID - A memorial service for top-tier figure-skating judge Ardelle Sanderson will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the Conference Center on Main Street.

Sanderson, formerly of Marcy Road in Lake Placid, died on Sept. 15 at the age of 95 at Uihlein Living Center, where she had been a resident since 2009.

She was a member of the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the Lake Placid Hall of Fame, the Lake Placid Figure Skating Association and the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee, where she held the position of secretary. She had been a figure skating official since 1938 and had judged at every level, including the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

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Ardelle Sanderson
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In 1961 she helped found the Lake Placid Sports Council, of which she was a lifetime member. In 1980 she served as figure skating chairwoman for the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Commit-tee.

"She was an amazing woman, and I was so proud to have had her as my judge on tests and in competitions," Jeff LaBrake, a professional figure skater originally from Lake Placid, posted on Facebook. "She never gave you anything, and if you got a good mark from her, you knew you deserved it. ... I remember that she was such an inspiration in the sport and a judge that we all looked up to. Another star has dimmed over the world of figure skating. R.I.P. Ardelle, you will be missed!"

Kitty Nardiello, Sander-son's neighbor for more than 50 years, described her as outgoing and "a force in the community."

Nardiello said some of Sanderson's other interests included cooking, entertaining friends, needlepoint and gardening. Sanderson was a member of the Lake Placid Garden Club and president of the Essex County Garden Club.

"She was something else," Nardiello said.



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