Evergreen Lake will have a piece of 1968 Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming figuratively speaking.
Sculpture Evergreen has commissioned an eight-foot bronze sculpture that will be permanently placed near the Lake House depicting the skater, who was the only member of the skating team in Grenoble, France, to win a gold medal. Fleming has five U.S. titles and three world titles in addition to the Olympic gold medal.
The sculpture, created by Evergreen sculptor Harold Linke, will be dedicated in a special ceremony in late December or early January, and Fleming, who lives in northern Colorado, is expected to attend.
Sculpture Evergreen, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is partnering with the Evergreen Park & Recreation District, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary on the project.
[Marilyn DuVon with Sculpture Evergreen] said it was wonderful to be able to place a sculpture near a lake that CNN ranked as having one of the 10 most beautiful ice-skating rinks in the world.
Sculpture Evergreen dedicates tribute to Olympic gold medalist
The artistry and grace of Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming has been immortalized in a bronze sculpture on the grounds at Evergreen Lake.
The 8-foot-tall sculpture of a figure skater stands on a granite pedestal to the right of the Lake House entrance in a spot where children skating on the lake will be able to see it. Fleming, who attended the outdoor dedication Thursday with her husband of 50 years Greg Jenkins, said she loved its location.
“This is a day I will never forget,” Fleming told about 80 people from Sculpture Evergreen, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District and the City of Denver, which owns the lake property. The sculpture is now part of Sculpture Evergreen’s permanent collection that can be seen throughout Evergreen.