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Dudley "Dud" Shaw Richards (February 4, 1932 - February 15, 1961) was an American Figure skater who competed in men's singles and pairs. In singles, he won the bronze medal at the 1953 American and finished sixth at that year's World Figure Skating Championships. In pairs, he once skated with future Olympic gold medalist Tenley Albright , before later teaming up with Maribel Owen. After winning the bronze medal at Nationals in 1958 and 1959, the pair captured the silver in 1960 and finished tenth at that year's Winter Olympic Games. In 1961, Owen and Richards won the gold medal at the U.S. Championships and finished second at the North American Figure Skating Championships.

Away from the ice, Richards was a graduate of Harvard University and had spent time in the Army. He was also a real estate executive and a longtime friend of future Senator Ted Kennedy.

Richards was en route to the World Championships in 1961 when his plane, Sabena Flight 548, crashed near Brussels, Belgium, killing all on board. He was 29 at the time of his death.

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