Famous Canadian figure skaters include Barbara Wagner, Robert Paul, Donald Jackson, Donald McPherson, Petra Burka, Karen Magnussen, Brian Orser, Kurt Browning and David Pelletier. Canada's list of famous figure skaters dates back to the 1800s, when Louis Rubenstein won a world championship in Moscow, Russia. Canada sent its two first figure skaters, Cecil Smith and Melville Rogers, to the Olympic Games in 1924, where Smith secured a second place finish, becoming the first Canadian woman to rank in a top international competition.Continue Reading
Following Smith's victory in the 1920s, more Canadian figure skaters followed suit. An eight-time Olympic champion, Montgomery Wilson, entered the international skating scene in 1929. He won a bronze medal at the Lake Placid Olympic Games in 1932, and secured more victories during the next 8 years.
In the 1940s, Barbara Ann Scott established Canada's credibility as a nation of serious figure skaters. She secured first place finishes in 1944, 1947 and 1948, taking the title of Canadian champion, world champion and Olympic gold medalist, respectively.
In addition to historic champions, several contemporary figure skaters earned their mark in the sport's history. In 2010, the pair of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won a gold medal for their performance at the Vancouver Olympics. Female Canadian skater Joannie Rochette won a bronze medal for her performance during the same Olympics.Learn more about Athletes