The story of Carol Ormaca Butler is one of a real-life Cinderella.
It was by chance that one evening, the Ormaca family, for want of something better to do, went skating at the old Fresno Rink on Olive Avenue. Carol, who had been studying ballet, took to the blades naturally.
She joined the local skating club and met Robin Greiner and they became partners.
In the first year of competition in amateur figure pairs skating, the Fresno couple won the California State Championship, the Pacific Coast Championship and the United States Championship, a very fast trip to the top from snowless, iceless Fresno.
During the ensuing four years, they dominated the United States pair ice skating and placed well in the World, skating in Oslo, Norway; Vienna, Austria and Garmisch, Germany.
The apex of her career came in 1956 when teaming with Robin Greiner the couple captured fifth place in the Winter Olympics in Cortina, Italy.
Carol was born in Fresno and attended local schools, including Roosevelt High School and Fresno State College.