Lori Benton (Born October 27, 1961, in San Diego, California) is an American figure skater who competed in singles. She was the Novice Ladies bronze medalist in 1976 and competed nationally for two following years. She announced her retirement from competitive figure skating in 1977, at the age of 17. In 1981, she competed at the World University Games, placing third. In 88, Lori competed at a professional Competition in Spain and placed second. Then, in the following year placed first in the same competition. After her career as a competitive skater ended, Lori joined Holiday on Ice for 2.5 years, and turned to teaching skating after her career as a professional skater was over (http://articles.latimes.com/1988-12-19/sports/sp-257_1_skating-exhibitions). Benton was also among the first women to ever successfully land a back flip (or a back tuck) on figure skates, following Surya Bonaly (http://proskatinghistoricalfoundation.org/the-backflip-club-2/). Since then she has taught back flips to skaters such as Keegan Messing and Rory Flack (http://skateguard1.blogspot.com/2013/04/interview-with-rory-flack.html). She has been teaching for over thirty years (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ0Kx3vhhJM).
http://articles.latimes.com/1988-12-19/sports/sp-257_1_skating-exhibitions http://proskatinghistoricalfoundation.org/the-backflip-club-2/ http://skateguard1.blogspot.com/2013/04/interview-with-rory-flack.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ0Kx3vhhJM
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