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History & Milestones

Our History

The Amateur Skating Association of Canada was formed in 1887 and by 1914 a separate organization for figure skating had been established. This was known as the Figure Skating Department of the Amateur Skating Association of Canada and the initial members were Ottawa 's Minto Club and the Earl Grey Club in Montreal. The first official annual figure skating championships of Canada were held in the same year under the new organization.

Louis Rubenstein was the first president, a position he held until 1930. The department became known as the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA) in 1939 and in 1947 the CFSA joined the International Skating Union and dropped its membership in the Amateur Skating Association of Canada. In 2000 the organization changed its name to Skate Canada.

In 1947 the CFSA national office was set up in Ottawa by Charles H. Cumming, the Association's Secretary-Treasurer. The office was run on a volunteer basis until 1958 when Cumming became the first full-time employee of the CFSA.

Milestones

1887 – Amateur Skating Association of Canada for speed and figure skating formed by Louis Rubenstein of Montreal

1890Louis Rubenstein competes at the first unofficial World Championships in St. Petersburg and places first in two of three departments.

1911 – First artificial ice rink built in Vancouver.

1914 – First official Canadian Figure Skating Championships held in Ottawa.

1914 – The Figure Skating Department of the Amateur Skating Association of Canada formed to promote skating in Canada.

1928 – First year Canadians participate at an ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

1930 Cecil Smith is the first Canadian to place in top three at ISU World Figure Skating Championships (second place).

1932 – For the first time Canada hosts the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal.

1939 – The Department renamed the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA).

1945 Barbara Ann Scott (King) is the first female to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, age 17.

1945 Barbara Ann Scott (King) is the youngest competitor to win North American Championships, age 17.

1947 – The CFSA joins the International Skating Union and establishes a national office in Ottawa.

1947 Barbara Ann Scott (King) is the first and only Canadian to win European title.

1948 Barbara Ann Scott (King) is the first Canadian to win Olympic figure skating title.

1948 Barbara Ann Scott (King) is the first North American to win European and Olympic titles in the same year.

1948 Barbara Ann Scott (King) is the first Canadian to win back-to-back world championship titles (1947, 1948).

1948 Barbara Ann Scott (King) is the first athlete to win the Lou Marsh Trophy three times (1945, 1947, 1948).

1948 Barbara Ann Scott (King) wins Senior Canadian, European, World and Olympic titles, becoming the first North American to win all three in the same year, the first Canadian figure skater to win an Olympic gold medal and the first to win back-to-back World titles.

1948 Suzanne Morrow and Wallace Distelmeyer perform first death spiral at international competition in its present-day low position at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Davos, Switzerland.

1951 Suzanne Morrow is the first woman in the history of Canadian figure skating to win national senior championship titles in all three disciplines (1947, 1948 – Pair; 1948 – Ice Dance; 1949-1951 – Singles)

1954 Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden are the first Canadian pair to win the ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

1958 – Charles H. Cumming hired as the CFSA's first full-time employee.

1960 – Canada hosts the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, BC.

1960 Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul have won the most world championships titles by a Canada pair team (1957-1960).

1960 Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul are the first Canadian pair to win gold at the Olympic Winter Games.

1962 Petra Burka is the first woman to complete a triple Salchow at a Canadian Championships.

1962 Donald Jackson performs the first triple Lutz in competition at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Prague Czechoslovakia.

1963 – First CFSA logo developed.

1963Donald McPherson becomes the first Canadian male to hold three titles simultaneously: Canadian, North American and World title, without having won any of them previously.

1963 Donald McPherson is the youngest male to win a world title.

1965 Petra Burka performs first triple Salchow in competition at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, USA.

1972 – Canada hosts the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary.

1972 Brian Pockar is the youngest male to compete at a Canadian Championships in senior at age 13.

1973 – Skate Canada introduced as a major international event first location Calgary.

1978 – Canada hosts the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Ottawa.

1978 Vern Taylor performs first triple Axel in competition at the ISU World Figure Skating Championshipos in Ottawa, Ontario.

1979 Brian Pockar is the first to perform a triple Salchow/double flip series in an international competition.

1981 – For the first time Canada hosts the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario.

1981 – National Team concept conceived

1984 – Canada hosts the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Ottawa.

1985 – The CFSA reconfirms its mandate to promote recreational and elite skating.

1986 – The CFSA adopts a new logo to reflect its continuing commitment to excellence.

1987 – Canada hosts the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Kitchener, Ontario.

1988 Kurt Browning performs first quad toe-loop in competition at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

1988 Tracy Wilson and Robert McCall become Canada’s first ice dancers to medal at an Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta (bronze medal)

1990 – The last figures are skated in international competition at the 1990 World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia (last man David Liu, TPE; last lady Zelijka Cizmesija, YUG).

1990 – The Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame is established and the first members inducted in a ceremony at the CFSA's annual meeting in Edmonton.

1990 – The CFSA implements framework for Skating Unlimited new pre-school and adult recreational programs.

1991 – The Junior National Team is created.

1991 Elvis Stojko performs first quadruple combination jump (quad-toe/double toe) in competition at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Munich, Germany.

1992 – Canada hosts the World Junior Championships in Hull, Quebec.

1993 Kurt Browning is the first Canadian man to win four world figure skating titles (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993).

1995 – Canada hosts its first-ever ISU-sanctioned international precision skating event, Precision Canada International in Toronto.

1996 – Canada hosts the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

1997 – Canada hosts ISU Champions Series Final in Hamilton, Ontario.

1997 Elvis Stojko performs first quadruple toe/triple toe loop combination in free program of the ISU Champions Series Final in Hamilton, Ontario.

1997 – Canada hosts 1998 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick.

2000 – Canadian Figure Skating Association changes its name to Skate Canada.

2000 – Canada’s black ice finishes second at first ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships held in Minneapolis, USA.

2001 – Canada hosts the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver and introduces SKATEFEST a cultural festival celebrating skating.

2002 Jamie Salé and David Pelletier win the gold medal in pair at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2003 Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz win the first world gold ice dance medal for North America at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Washington, DC, USA.

2003 – Skate Canada hosts the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Ottawa.

2006 Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the first Canadians to win a gold medal in ice dancing at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

2008 Patrick Chan is the youngest man to win the Canadian senior men’s title at age 17.

2009 NEXXICE is the first North American team to win gold at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.

2010 Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the first North Americans to win a gold medal in ice dance at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.

2010 – Current logo adopted.

2010 Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C. becomes the first to land two quadruple jumps in a men’s short program. He performed them at the 2010 Skate Canada International in Kingston, Ontario, landing a quad Salchow, triple toe combination and a quad toe.