(February 20, 2008)
OTTAWA, ON - Former figure skater, Aidrie Cruikshank, proved she still knows how to light up a crowd. The former pairs skater, who is no stranger to attaining impressive milestones, turned 100 last week surrounded by family and friends.
Aidrie won numerous medals at both the North American and Canadian Championships in the 1930s with her husband and skating partner Donald Cruikshank. The team won silver at the 1936, 1937 and 1939 Canadian Championships and bronze at the North American Championships in 1939.
As a team, they pioneered the way for pairs skating and pushed the boundaries. They were among the first to introduce quick pirouettes and intricate steps into the discipline and they also invented the twirl.
Both actively involved in the skating community, Donald contributed to figure skating as a judge and referee at numerous international, world and Olympic competitions and previously served as the President of the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA), which changed its name to Skate Canada in 2000.
Interestingly, Donald worked with a young Barbara Ann Scott, who won gold at the 1948 Olympics. Barbara Ann later became the godmother to a Cruikshank daughter appropriately named Barbara.
Although Aidrie now uses a wheelchair, the skating memories she created with husband Donald will forever live in Canadian Figure Skating History. She is proof you can still live life to the fullest at 100!