A member of the Toronto Skating Club, Constance Wilson-Samuel was a dominant force of the figure skating scene during the 1920s and 30s. A versatile and consistent skater, her record of success included titles in nine Canadian and three North American singles, the British Ladies title, wins in six Canadian and three North American pairs categories, and a Canadian Fours title. She represented Canada at three World Championships and won a bronze medal in the ladies event in 1932. A three-time member of the Canadian Olympic team, her 4th-place finish at the 1932 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid is among the highest by a Canadian in the ladies event.
Montgomery (Bud) Wilson
Canada’s premier figure skater of the 1920s and 30s, Toronto’s Bud Wilson amassed an unprecedented 18 Canadian and 10 North American titles competing in the men’s, pairs and fours events. His silver-medal victory in the men’s category at the 1932 World Championships was the first by a Canadian. A three-time Olympian, Wilson’s bronze medal performance at the 1932 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid marked the first Olympic figure skating medal won by a Canadian, and the first by a North American male. Following his outstanding career, Wilson dedicated 20 years developing many fine young skaters.
As a professional coach for more than 40 years, Otto Gold contributed greatly to the success of Canadian and North American skaters on the international stage. After immigrating to Canada in 1938 from Czechoslovakia, he held a position as club professional with the Minto Club, acting as an early coach for Barbara Ann Scott. In 1940, Gold opened Canada’s first ever summer skating school in Kitchener, Ontario. He went on to coach in Vancouver, Toronto, Connecticut and Lake Placid. A master of school figures, Gold’s demand for a high degree of discipline from his students produced many Canadian, World and Olympic champions.
Melville (Mev) Rogers
Melville Rogers’ outstanding contributions to Canadian figure skating spanned six decades. Highlights of his amateur career included both Canadian and North American titles. He was also the first Canadian male figure skater to compete at the 1924 Olympic Winter Games. A member of the Minto Skating Club for 50 years, Rogers served in many capacities. A respected international judge, he helped shape early policy as Chairman of the Judges Committee for 15 years and was President of the CFSA for two terms. A tireless promoter of amateur sport, he acted as President of the Canadian Sports Advisory Council for 15 years, breaking the trail for the advancement of amateur sport in Canada.
Known today as “The Father of Canadian Figure Skating”, Louis Rubenstein’s half-century of involvement laid much of the ground work for the success of the sport in Canada. An outstanding skater with the Victoria Club of Montreal, Rubenstein claimed numerous Canadian and American titles. In 1890, he became the first North American skater to compete abroad at the World Championships. A pioneer builder, his dedication to standards led to the formation of the Amateur Skating Association of Canada in 1888. Guiding the future of figure skating in Canada, Rubenstein served as President of the Figure Skating Department of the Association from 1914 until his death in 1931.