Though top billing goes to Shirley Knight and Tony lo Bianco, the real stars of Champions: A Love Story are Jimmy McNicol and Joy Leduc. McNicol and Leduc play a pair of skaters who aspire to compete in the National Figure Skating Championships. As the two train together, their friendship blossoms into love. The death of one of the skaters nearly destroys the other's will to persevere, but there's a happy (or at least satisfying) finale. Made for television, Champions: A Love Story initially aired January 13, 1979.