Laurie Jean Hickox, born in 1945, was adopted at birth by Lute and Elinor Hickox of Berkeley, California. Bill and Laurie excelled as a pair team. They first represented the St. Moritz Ice Skating Club and then switched to The Skating Club of San Francisco. The siblings trained at both the Iceland rink in Berkeley and the Sutro's rink in San Francisco. Their coaches included Maribel Vinson Owen, Robert Swenning, Gene Turner, Bill and Julie Barrett, and Edi Scholdan.