James “Jimmy” Disbrow was president of United States Figure Skating from 1998 to 2000. jimmy_disbrow

Jim contracted polio as a child and started skating to strengthen his legs. He won the silver medal in the junior men’s division at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1966 and also competed in pairs at the national level with partner, Katie Walker. Scott Hamilton, who also trained with Jim, cited Jim as one of his childhood role models.

Following his competitive skating career, Jim spent two years touring with Holiday on Ice. Later, he became a skating judge. He was chairman of the USFS International Committee during the 1994 Winter Olympics and served as the USFS team leader at the 1998 Winter Olympics and the chairman of the organizing committee for the 1998 World Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota before his election to President of USFS.

In 1982, Jim founded the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain and served as its president and CEO until 1997.

Shortly after Jim’s election to USFS President, he was diagnosed with the brain cancer. Jim Disbrow died of brain cancer at age 54. This award celebrates his hard work and passion for figure skating.