Olympic Champion Lansing, Wife Expecting First Child

The Ambrose Clarion
December 27, 2003

Wolf Creek, Montana - 2002 Olympic figure skating champion Eric Scott Lansing has announced that he and his wife Rebecca are expecting their first child.

Lansing first made the announcement on Friday in the couple's hometown in Montana. Together with his wife and his second cousin, U.S. national medalist Jamie Bowen, he was instructing several young skaters who won a raffle at the local ice rink's Christmas show.

Lansing, 27, became a figure skating celebrity after winning one Olympic, two world and two U.S. championship titles. His wife Rebecca Woodward Lansing, 25, is a show skater and choreographer. Neighbors as children, the two became reacquainted a year ago, and were married in September. The couple live and train in Ambrose, but have been in Montana to visit their families and work with local skaters over the holidays.

After New Year's the Lansings will fly to Atlanta with Bowen, who will compete at the U.S. Nationals in hopes of earning a spot on the 2004 Olympic team. Lansing himself is semi-retired from Olympic competition, but he continues to perform in smaller events and to assist his coach, Ambrose Skating Club director Malcolm Redgrave. Lansing has stated that he hopes to become a coach himself one day.

The due date for the birth of the Lansings' child is September 5th, 2004.

{Photo: Eric Lansing, Rebecca Lansing and Jamie Bowen with young skaters at the Wolf Den.}