Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:00

Barbara Ann Scott

Barbara Ann Scott, OC, O.Ont (born May 9, 1928 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian retired figure skater. She is the 1948 Olympic Champion.

Barbara Ann Scott began skating at a very young age with the Minto Skating Club of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She was only eleven years old when she won her first Canadian national junior title. Two years later, in 1942, the thirteen-year-old became the first female to ever land a double lutz in competition.

From 1945 to 1948, she won the North American Figure Skating Championships. In 1947 she became the first North American to win the European and World Figure Skating Championships, making her a Canadian national heroine. Subsequent to her victory, her hometown of Ottawa gave her a new convertible automobile but she had to turn down the gift in order to retain her amateur status so as to be able to compete in the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. In the Winter Games she became the first Canadian to win the figure skating gold medal.

She was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete of the year in 1945, 1947 and 1948. She was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1948, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1991.

Scott turned professional, skating with the Hollywood Ice Revue in Chicago where she met publicist Tom King whom she married in 1955. As a professional she toured outside Canada. Amongst her early successes was the huge hit, Tom Arnold's Rose Marie on Ice at the Harringay Arena in London, UK.

Ms. Scott was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991, a member of the Order of Ontario in 2009, and in 1998 was named to Canada's Walk of Fame.


Published in 1997 Inductees
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 10:39

Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini

Underhill and MartiniIt is difficult to quantify the chemistry of a team, especially in a sport such as figure skating, where outstanding pairs must combine individual excellence with flawless teamwork.

But if longevity at the highest levels of success is any measure, Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini were one of Canada's most successful figure skating duos. Both began skating at age five, but they met at a summer skating school in Weston, Ontario, in 1977, when she was 14 and he was 16.

Underhill and Martini combined emotion in their choreography with dramatic death spirals, triple twist lifts and spectacular throws. They were five-time Canadian champions (1979-83) and two-time World medalists (bronze in 1983 bronze, gold in 1984).

The breakthrough at the world championships for Underhill and Martini came in 1983 at Helsinki, where a near-flawless performance earned them a bronze medal, behind pairs from the Soviet Union and East Germany. It was Canada's first Olympic or world championship medal in pairs figure skating since Debbie Wilkes and Guy Revell had won world championship bronze in 1964.

Their 1984 World Championships long program in Canada is considered one of the greatest moments in Canadian sports history. They were two-time Olympic competitors (1980, 1984).

After winning their world title in 1984 following a disappointing Olympics, where they failed to win medals, Underhill and Martini enjoyed an illustrious professional career, touring and commentating on skating on Canadian television for another 19 years.

Underhill was named in the 2011 edition of The Hockey News's list of the 100 most influential people in ice hockey due to her power skating coaching.

Published in 2020 Inductees
Sunday, 23 March 2014 20:00

Brian Orser

Brian Ernest Orser (born December 18, 1961) Orser won his first national title on the novice level in 1977. The following season, he went to Junior Worlds and placed 4th, behind eventual rival Brian Boitano. He added a second national title, this time at the junior level, to his resume in 1979.

In 1980, he moved up to the senior level. He won the bronze medal at his first senior international, the Vienna Cup, and then placed 4th at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. In the 1980-1981 post-Olympic season, Orser began making his mark on the skating world. He won the silver at the Nebelhorn Trophy, placed 6th at Skate Canada, and then won his first of eight National titles. In his debut at Worlds, he placed 6th. The next season, he won his first medal at Skate Canada and moved up to 4th at Worlds. He won his first World medal in 1983, a bronze, positioning him well for the 1983-1984 Olympic season. Orser became the first man to land the triple axel at the Olympics when he landed it in his free skate at the 1984 Winter Olympics, where he won the silver medal.

In 1987, he won the worlds, becoming the first skater at the World Championships to land two triple axels in the free skate and three in the same competition. At the 1988 Olympics, Orser served as the flag-bearer for Canada during the opening ceremonies. He placed 3rd in compulsory figures segment of the competition, 1st in the short program, and second in the free skating, winning the silver medal overall. He won the silver again at Worlds, after winning the free skate. Orser turned professional following that season. Brian Orser is one of the most accomplished skaters in Canada's history, with eight national titles, two Olympic medals, and a world title to his credit. He is the skating director at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.

Published in 2012 Inductees
Monday, 31 March 2014 20:00

Don Jackson

Donald George Jackson, CM (born April 2, 1940 in Oshawa, Ontario) is a retired Canadian figure skater. He captured four Canadian titles and a bronze medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics. At the 1962 World Figure Skating Championships, he landed the first triple lutz jump in international competition and won the competition.

In 1997, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Jackson is currently the director of skating and is also a coach at the Minto Skating Club in Ottawa, Ontario.

Published in 2001 Inductees
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 20:00

Elvis Stojko

Born March 22, 1972 in Newmarket, Ontario, Elvis is known as one of figure skating’s true innovators. Starting out at the age of 5 he was the Canadian National Junior Champion at 16.

Mr. Stojko became the first person to land a quadruple-double jump combination at the 1991 World Championships. He followed that up with a quadruple-triple combination at the World’s in 1997.

Elvis is a 3-time World Figure Skating Champion, 2-time Olympic Silver Medalist and 7-time Men’s Canadian Figure Skating Champion. Accomplished in martial arts, he often combined the two sports in exciting and innovative ways. He retired from competitive skating after the Olympics in 2002.

He was the Lionel Conacher Award winner in 1994, as Canada’s best athlete. In 1996, he was awarded one of Canada’s highest honours, the Meritorious Service Decoration, in recognition of deeds or activities performed in a highly professional manner that brings honour to Canada.

Elvis Stojko was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2004.

Published in 2009 Inductees
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:00

Petra Burka

Petra was the Junior Canadian Skating Champion in 1961 and the Senior Canadian Champion between 1964-1966.

In 1965 she won the World Figure Skating Championships, the first Canadian to win the event since Barbara Ann Scott in 1947. She represented Canada at the 1964 Olympics and won the bronze medal. She was also two times bronze medalist at the World Championships. Burka is credited as being the first woman to land a triple jump, a triple salchow at the 1965 Canadian Championships. Her other achievements were winning Canada's Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1964 and twice winning Canada's Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1964 and 1965.

Since her retirement Petra became a successful coach and figure skating commentator.

Petra was born in Amsterdam , November 17th 1946 and came to Canada in 1951.

Published in 1995 Inductees
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:00

Toller Cranston

Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston, CM (born April 20, 1949) is a Canadian figure skater and painter. He is the 1971-1976 Canadian national champion, the 1974 World bronze medalist, and the 1976 Olympic bronze medalist.

He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1976, the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1997, the Order of Canada in 1977 and Canada's Walk of Fame in 2003. Cranston is credited by many with bringing a new level of artistry to men's figure skating.

He was the Canadian national figure skating champion from 1971 to 1976. Although he never won a world level competition, he won the free skate portion of the competition at four world championships. He won bronze medals at the 1974 World Figure Skating Championship and the 1976 Winter Olympics. He is the 1988 World Professional Champion.

At the age of 27, he began a long career in professional figure skating. He has also choreographed skating programs and been a commentator on CBC television for figure skating events.

Published in 1996 Inductees