The Most Famous

SKATERS from Canada

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This page contains a list of the greatest Canadian Skaters. The pantheon dataset contains 313 Skaters, 24 of which were born in Canada. This makes Canada the birth place of the 4th most number of Skaters behind Russia and Netherlands.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Canadian Skaters of all time. This list of famous Canadian Skaters is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Canadian Skaters.

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1. Barbara Ann Scott (1928 - 2012)

With an HPI of 59.74, Barbara Ann Scott is the most famous Canadian Skater.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages on wikipedia.

Barbara Ann Scott (May 9, 1928 – September 30, 2012) was a Canadian figure skater. She was the 1948 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion (1947–1948), and a four-time Canadian national champion (1944–46, 48) in ladies' singles. Known as "Canada's Sweetheart", she is the only Canadian to have won the Olympic ladies' singles gold medal, the first North American to have won three major titles in one year and the only Canadian to have won the European Championship (1947–48). During her forties she was rated among the top equestrians in North America. She received many honours and accolades, including being made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991 and a member of the Order of Ontario in 2008.

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2. Brian Orser (1961 - )

With an HPI of 58.63, Brian Orser is the 2nd most famous Canadian Skater.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Brian Ernest Orser, (born 18 December 1961) is a Canadian former competitive and professional figure skater and coach to Olympic champions. He is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medallist, 1987 World champion and eight-time (1981–88) Canadian national champion. At the 1988 Winter Olympics, the rivalry between Orser and American figure skater Brian Boitano, who were the two favorites to win the gold medal, captured media attention and was described as the "Battle of the Brians". Orser turned professional in 1988 and skated with Stars on Ice for almost 20 years. As a coach, he has led both Yuna Kim (2010) and Yuzuru Hanyu (2014, 2018) to Olympic titles. He also coached Javier Fernández to Olympic bronze (2018) and the 2015 and 2016 World titles. He is a Skating Consultant at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club.

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3. Barbara Wagner (1938 - )

With an HPI of 56.18, Barbara Wagner is the 3rd most famous Canadian Skater.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Barbara Aileen Wagner (born May 5, 1938) is a Canadian former pair skater. She teamed up with Robert Paul in 1952. They became the 1960 Olympic champions, four-time World champions, and five-time Canadian national champions. After retiring from competition, the pair toured with Ice Capades.Wagner was formerly married to U.S. figure skater James Grogan. She resides in Alpharetta, Georgia, coaching figure skating at the Alpharetta Family Skate Center, the Cooler, and is a member of the Atlanta Figure Skating Club.

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4. Robert Paul (1937 - )

With an HPI of 53.93, Robert Paul is the 4th most famous Canadian Skater.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Robert Paul (born June 2, 1937) is a Canadian former pair skater. He teamed up with Barbara Wagner in 1952. They became the 1960 Olympic champions, four-time World champions, and five-time Canadian national champions. After retiring from competition, the pair toured with Ice Capades.Paul choreographed for Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Linda Fratianne, and Donny and Marie. He was one of Mirai Nagasu's coaches. He appeared in the Bewitched episode "Samantha on Thin Ice".

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5. Toller Cranston (1949 - 2015)

With an HPI of 53.82, Toller Cranston is the 5th most famous Canadian Skater.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston, CM (April 20, 1949 – January 24, 2015) was a Canadian figure skater and painter. He won the 1971–1976 Canadian national championships, the 1974 World bronze medal and the 1976 Olympic bronze medal. Despite never winning at the World Figure Skating Championships due to his poor compulsory figures, he won the small medal for free skating at the 1972 and 1974 championships. Cranston is credited by many with having brought a new level of artistry to men's figure skating.

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6. Jeremy Wotherspoon (1976 - )

With an HPI of 49.37, Jeremy Wotherspoon is the 6th most famous Canadian Skater.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Jeremy Lee Wotherspoon (born October 26, 1976) is a Canadian speed skater, widely recognized as one of the greatest speedskating sprinters of all time.In December 2003, Wotherspoon became the most successful male skater in World Cup history when he claimed the 49th victory of his career. He finished his career with a record 67 World Cup wins at 500 and 1,000 metres.Wotherspoon broke the 500 m world record on three occasions. He broke the 1000 m world record seven times.

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7. Tessa Virtue (1989 - )

With an HPI of 49.30, Tessa Virtue is the 7th most famous Canadian Skater.  Her biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Tessa Jane McCormick Virtue (born May 17, 1989) is a Canadian retired ice dancer. With ice dance partner Scott Moir, she is the 2010 and 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World champion (2010, 2012, 2017), a three-time Four Continents champion (2008, 2012, 2017), the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final champion, an eight-time Canadian National champion (2008–2010, 2012–2014, 2017–2018), the 2006 World Junior champion and the 2006 Junior Grand Prix gold medalists. Virtue and Moir are also the 2018 Olympic gold medalists in the team event and the 2014 Olympic silver medalists in the team event. Upon winning their third Olympic gold medal, they became the most decorated Canadian ice dance team of all time and the most decorated Olympic figure skaters of all time. Widely regarded as one of the greatest ice dance teams of all time, they are the only ice dancers in history to achieve a Super Slam, having won all major competitions in their senior and junior careers. Virtue and Moir are holders of the world record score for the now-defunct original dance.Virtue and Moir were paired in 1997, at the ages of seven and nine. They are the 2004 Canadian junior champions and became Canada's top ice dance team in 2007. They are the 2008 World silver medalists and the 2009 World bronze medalists and became the first ice dance team to receive a 10.0 for a program component score under the new ISU Judging System. In 2010, they became the first ice dancers from North America to win an Olympic gold medal, ending the 34-year streak of the Europeans. Virtue and Moir are the youngest ice dance team ever to win an Olympic title, the first ice dancers to win a gold medal in their Olympic debut, and the first ice dance team to win Olympic gold on home ice.Virtue and Moir continued to be one of the world's top ice dance teams after their first Olympic victory in 2010. They are the 2010 and 2012 World champions, the 2011 and 2013 World silver medalists, and the 2014 Olympic ice dance and team event silver medalists. After taking a two-season break from the sport, they returned to competition in the fall of 2016 and became the 2017 World champions, having an unprecedented undefeated season. At the 2018 Olympics, they became only the second ice-dance team in history to have won two Olympic gold medals in the individual event.Having skated together for over twenty years, Virtue and Moir are the longest-standing ice dance team in Canadian history. In 2018, Time magazine noted that "they've become especially beloved by new and returning spectators alike for their passionate performances and undeniable chemistry, on and off the ice". On September 17, 2019, Virtue and Moir announced that they are "stepping away" from the sport after 22 years as ice dancing partners. In 2020, Virtue and Moir were inducted to the Order of Canada "for their athletic excellence and for inspiring a new generation of figure skaters".

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8. Kurt Browning (1966 - )

With an HPI of 48.86, Kurt Browning is the 8th most famous Canadian Skater.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Kurt Browning, (born June 18, 1966) is a Canadian figure skater, choreographer and commentator. He is the first skater to land a ratified quadruple jump in competition. He is a four-time World Champion and Canadian national champion.

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9. Patrick Chan (1990 - )

With an HPI of 48.15, Patrick Chan is the 9th most famous Canadian Skater.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Patrick Lewis Wai–Kuan Chan (born December 31, 1990) is a Canadian former competitive figure skater. He is a 2018 Olympic gold medallist in the team event, 2014 Olympic silver medallist in the men's and team events, a three–time World champion (2011, 2012, 2013), a two–time Grand Prix Final champion (2010 and 2011), a three–time Four Continents champion (2009, 2012, 2016), and a ten–time Canadian national champion (2008–2014, 2016–2018). He is known for his skating style which is highly appreciated for artistry and elegance. Patrick Chan is a recognized master of figure skating who has made a great contribution to this sport. Becoming a leader in his form and constantly improving from season to season, he has contributed greatly to the emergence of skaters who tried to keep balance, saturating their programs with both complex elements and components. He possesses a unique style of skating by using the edges of the blades, thereby achieving excellent skating skills.On April 27, 2011, Chan set a new world record of 93.02 points for the short program. On April 28, 2011, Chan then set a new world record for his free skating, receiving an overall score of 280.98. In recognition, he was named the recipient of the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's top athlete. Chan has repeatedly set the world records in figure skating under the ISU Judging System, being the world record holder for many years. He is one of the few figure skaters in the world to break the 100-point barrier in the short program, and is the third man in the world to break the 200-point barrier in the free program. During his 15–year competing career, he has won more than 30 titles and medals of ISU competitions, including three Olympic medals. He announced the end of his career on April 16, 2018. Chan is considered by many to be one of the greatest Canadian male figure skaters of all time.

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10. Jeffrey Buttle (1982 - )

With an HPI of 47.59, Jeffrey Buttle is the 10th most famous Canadian Skater.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Jeffrey "Jeff" Buttle (born September 1, 1982) is a Canadian figure skater and choreographer. He is the 2006 Winter Olympics bronze medalist, the 2008 World champion, the 2002 and 2004 Four Continents champion and the 2005–2007 Canadian champion. On March 22, 2008, Buttle became the first Canadian man since Elvis Stojko in 1997 to win the World Title. He announced his retirement from competitive skating on September 10, 2008.

Pantheon has 24 people classified as skaters born between 1928 and 1998. Of these 24, 22 (91.67%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living skaters include Brian Orser, Barbara Wagner, and Robert Paul. The most famous deceased skaters include Barbara Ann Scott and Toller Cranston. As of October 2020, 5 new skaters have been added to Pantheon including Barbara Wagner, Robert Paul, and Toller Cranston.

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