Sharon Westerfeld

Sharon (“Sherri”) Westerfeld, born in 1935, was the eldest daughter of Otto and Myra Westerfeld. At age four Sherri put on ice skates during a family vacation at the Broadmoor. She liked skating well enough to continue in Kansas City, training with Canadian coach Mary Jane Halstead. When Sherri was eight, her sister Steffi was born. Steffi wanted to be an ice skater just like Sherri. They trained every summer at the Broadmoor until Myra decided the girls needed to train at the Broadmoor year-round. Sherri took lessons from Edi Scholdan in singles and from Walter Muehlbronner in dance. In 1950 Sherri passed her eighth figure test—the third member of the Broadmoor Skating Club to become a gold medalist. She placed fifth in senior ladies at the 1952 Nationals, and her greatest honor was being named as a second alternate to the 1953 World Team. In 1953, Sherri graduated from Cheyenne Mountain School, retired from competitive skating, and entered Colorado College. After she graduated in psychology, she worked at Bryan & Scott Jewelers to help support her sister’s skating. Myra thought Sherri, twenty-five, should accompany Steffi to Prague for the 1961 Worlds, and she was thrilled to go.