Class of 1990: Coach
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.