In 1961, when Fleming was 12 years old, her coach William Kipp was killed in the crash of Sabena Flight 548 along with the rest of the United States team on the way to the 1961 World Figure Skating Championships. Fleming was subsequently coached by Carlo Fassi. Peggy Fleming would be forced to define her own style in figure skating, a style that would lead to five U.S. titles, three World titles and the Gold Medal in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France.
For more than twenty years, Peggy has been a commentator on figure skating for ABC Sports, as well as a spokesperson for the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
In 1970, Peggy Fleming married dermatologist Dr. Greg Jenkins. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have two sons, Andy and Todd (born 1977 and 1988) and three grandsons.
In 1998, Peggy was diagnosed with breast cancer and survived due to early detection and successful surgery.