David Jenkins and Carol Heiss are 1960's prospective Olympic gold medalists in the rigorous world of figure skating. Last week, while David, 22, and Carol, 19, were winning their third straight national titles at Rochester, the youngsters here, most of them cup winners or runners-up in U.S. sectional championships last month, were vying for national junior and novice championships as someday successors to David and Carol.
The youngest, Scott Ethan Allen (bottom, right), 9, who likes basketball as much as skating, sneaked away after practice to a nearby gym and strained his leg. But heat, massage, liniment, tape, pep talk and promise of a hockey stick got him on the ice. No Hollywood finish, alas: little Scotty was second in the novice class.
Laurence Owen, 14, of Winchester, Mass., whose mother, Maribel Vinson, was nine-time U.S. champion, won junior title.
Stephanie Westerfeld, 15, of Colorado Springs began skating at 5. She placed second among juniors for second year.
Gregory Kelley, 14, of Newton Centre, Mass. gained early lead in school figures, went on to win the junior championship.
Rickie Rendich, 18, the pride of Rye, N.Y. where she placed second in the eastern regionals, was the eighth-best junior.
Don Mike Anthony, 20, of Glendale, Calif, was a fine skater before he ever saw natural ice. He was second in juniors.
Rhode Lee Michelson, 15, of Long Beach, Calif., concentrating on an exacting school pattern, finished third in the juniors.
Diana Lapp, 15, of Colorado Springs, swinging here into a graceful pivot, wound up in sixth place in junior competition.
Mary Batdorf, 12, of Lebanon, Pa. has an identical twin Anne who is also a good skater. Mary gained the novice title.