Class of 2005: Athlete
Six-time Canadian Men’s Champion, seven-time world team member and two-time Olympic competitor – these are just some of the highlights of Dr. Charles Snelling’s figure skating career.
After capturing the Canadian Junior Men’s Championships in 1952, Dr. Snelling, a native of Toronto, went on to win five consecutive Senior Men’s national titles from 1954-1958. He also competed in his first Winter Olympic Games in 1956 and won the bronze medal at the World Championships in 1957.
Following his victory at the Canadian Championships in 1958, Dr. Snelling decided to pursue a career in medicine and retired from competitive skating to attend the University of Toronto. Following his graduation from medical school in 1962, Dr. Snelling’s competitive fire was rekindled. He retuned to competitive skating and won his sixth national title in 1964.
Dr. Snelling’s victory at the 1964 Canadian Championships earned him a spot on the 1964 Olympic team, sending him to the second Olympic Games of his career.
Dr. Snelling enjoyed one of the longest skating careers in this country, spanning seventeen years from 1950 to 1967.
Dr. Snelling has gone on to a successful career as a surgeon. He is also a medical professor at the University of British Columbia.