Cecil Smith (figure skater)

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Cecil Smith
Personal information
Full name Cecil Elaine Eustace Smith
Country represented  Canada
Born (1908-09-14)September 14, 1908
Toronto
Former partner Melville Rogers
Skating club Toronto Skating Club

Cecil Elaine Eustace Smith (married name: Hedstrom, born September 14, 1908 in Toronto, died 1997) was a Canadian figure skater. In 1930, she won the silver medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in singles. She also competed in pairs with Melville Rogers.

Career[edit]

Her mother, Maude Delano-Osborne, won the 1892 Canadian tennis championship.[1]

Smith was the first woman to represent Canada at a Winter Olympic games. She participated in the 1924 Winter Olympic Games, held in Chamonix, France.[1] She was fifteen years old when she competed in figure skating at these games. In the women’s singles program, she finished in sixth place, two places ahead of Sonja Henie. In the pairs competition, she placed seventh.

She would win the Canadian championship in 1925 and 1926. In 1928, she would return to the Olympics and place fifth in the women’s singles program (Sonja Henie claimed the gold). In 1930, she would be the first Canadian to win a world championship figure skating medal as she took the silver at a competition in New York City.[2]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Ladies' singles[edit]

Event 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933
Winter Olympics 6th 5th
World Championships 2nd
North American Championships 2nd 3rd 2nd
Canadian Championships 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd

Pairs[edit]

(with Rogers)

Event 1923 1924
Winter Olympics 7th
Canadian Championships 3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Immodest and Sensational: 150 Years of Canadian Women in Sport, M. Ann Hall, p.33, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Toronto, 2008, ISBN 978-1-55277-021-4
  2. ^ Immodest and Sensational: 150 Years of Canadian Women in Sport, M. Ann Hall, p.34, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Toronto, 2008, ISBN 978-1-55277-021-4