Every summer, figure skating legend Evelyn Kramer returns to Lake Placid, NY to coach in Lake Placid’s elite summer skating program. Her history with the Olympic village dates back to her days as a young girl, training under renowned coach Gustav Lussi, whose approach inspires Evelyn’s coaching technique today.

She’s worked with Michelle Kwan, transforming her spinning abilities, Robin Cousins and Peggy Flemming to name a few, coached the cast for the film “The Cutting Edge” and delivers skating seminars internationally. USA Today columnist, Christine Brennan, designated Evelyn as the “Spin Doctor” and the title is now trademarked.

Even with numerous accolades, Evelyn’s fondest memories, both on and off the ice, are her days in Lake Placid.

The Spin Doctor ™: Evelyn Kramer

Evelyn Kramer coaching
Evelyn Kramer coaching at the Summer Skating Program in Lake Placid, Summer 2016


Evelyn Kramer Ice Skating Performance
Evelyn as young girl performing a flying sit spin on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid


Evelyn Kramer and fellow skaters
Evelyn with fellow skaters Carol Wanek, Maude Hammer, Hannah Gadaleshi, Ronnie Roberston, Coach Gus Lussi, his wife Thelma and other students and guests at the Asbury Park Alhmon Hotel, 1950
Evelyn Kramer Group Skating Performance
Evelyn (second to the left) poses with Ronnie Robertson and Otto and Maria Jelinek, 1950


Evelyn Kramer 1956
Evelyn with Tab Hunter, Rikki Rendich, Coach Gus Lussi, Ronnie Roberston, Maude Hammer, Muriel Reich and Blitz listening to music in the Lussi’s living room at Little Alpes, 1956


Lake Placid Ballet on Ice
Lake Placid Summer Ballet Saturday Night Ice Show. Coach Gus Lussi started the tradition in 1932


Gus Lussi Autographed Image
Signed photo by Evelyn’s coach, Gus Lussi. He often signed his name with a stick figure doing a sit spin, one of his trademark techniques
Evelyn coaching at the Lake Placid Summer Skating Program, Summer 2016
Evelyn coaching at the Lake Placid Summer Skating Program, Summer 2016


Evelyn Kramer grew up in New York City and although she currently lives in Palm Springs, CA, she will always be a “New Yorker.” She and her husband, Steven, have a daughter, Jessica, three dogs, Apple Axel Kramer, George and Two Buttons, and a cat named Dog. She has “retired” several times, including in 2007 when the Lake Placid Summer Skating Program hosted a surprise retirement ice show and party, only to return to coaching each time because she is so passionate about the sport. Evelyn also works at the Apple Store in downtown Palm Springs.

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