For Hamilton, Ontario native Toller Cranston, skating has always been more than just a sport. Both an internationally-renowned athlete and visual artist, Cranston saw the ice as another medium to express his creative genius.
Widely acclaimed as the most influential figure skater of the 20th century, Toller Cranston revolutionized men's figure skating. Introducing artistry and freedom of movement to performance on ice, he took figure skating to new heights and in the process broke new ground for generations of male skaters.
His is a life time of remarkable achievements: Olympic medallist, Member of the Order of Canada, and three-time world free-skating champion; Canadian Athlete of the Year, internationally-known painter and illustrator; author, designer, and choreographer; coach, commentator, and star of award-winning television specials and films.
Six-time Canadian national figure skating champion from 1971-1976, Cranston earned a bronze medal at the 1974 World's in Munich, and won Olympic bronze at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. In 1971, he placed second in the ultimate North American Championships, and in 1973 and 1975 won the newly-created Skate Canada competition. In 1974, he was chosen as the Sports Federation Athlete of the Year.