WATERVILLE — Janet Lynn Salomon will be the featured speaker during the annual Central Maine Ladies Retreat Saturday, Oct. 24. The retreat will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, 91 Marston Road.

Author, speaker, mother of five children, Salomon began skating almost as soon as she could walk and participated in her first exhibition performance at the age of 4 in a group number at Chicago Stadium, according to a news release from the church. At age 11, she became the youngest skater to pass the rigorous eighth and final test administered by the United States Figure Skating Association, and two years later she won the U.S. Junior Ladies Championship at Berkeley, California.

Moving up to the senior level, Salomon won bronze at the 1968 U.S. Championships, which qualified her to compete at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, where, at 14, she placed ninth at her first major international competition. She won her first senior national title at the 1969 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and finished fifth at the World Championships.

Salomon and her husband have five grown children and live in Virginia.

The daylong event begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. The cost is $15; a bag lunch provided by Shelby’s Deli in Oakland can be purchased for an additional $5. For more information, contact Kennebec Valley Baptist Church at 872-7021 or [email protected].

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