Marilyn Meeker was an American ice dancer. With partner Larry Pierce, she captured the junior title at the 1959 United States Figure Skating Championships. The following year, 1960, they finished second in the Nationals and fifth at the World Figure Skating Championships. The duo appeared poised to win the U.S. title in 1961, until Meeker suffered an injury that caused Pierce to join forces with Diane Sherbloom for the season. Pierce and Sherbloom went on to win the gold medal at Nationals, while Meeker was unable to compete. Meeker's misfortune proved to be good fortune for her: Pierce and Sherbloom were killed, along with the rest of the U.S. Figure Skating team, when their plane (Sabena Flight 548) crashed near Brussels, Belgium on the way to the World Championships. As of May 2007, Marilyn (Meeker) Durham resides in New Braunfels, TX with her husband, John, of 45 years; they have two adult children and two granddaughters.
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