Debbi Wilkes

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Debbi Wilkes
Debbi Wilkes.jpg
Wilkes in November 2009
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1946-12-16) December 16, 1946 (age 68)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Former partner Guy Revell
Former coach Bruce Hyland, Margaret Hyland
Skating club Unionville Skating Club
Former training locations Crosby Arena
Retired 1964

Debbi Wilkes (born December 16, 1946) is a Canadian former pair skater. With skating partner Guy Revell, she became a two-time Canadian national champion, the 1963 North American champion, and the 1964 Olympic silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Wilkes married Bruce McEwan and lives in Toronto.[1]

Career[edit]

On the ice by the age of five, Wilkes took up pairs at age ten and skated with her first partner until he quit.[1]

She began skating with Guy Revell, six years her elder, in 1958 after meeting at the Unionville skating carnival.[1] Though their height difference was adequate at the start of their partnership, by the time she was 17, in 1963, her height was 5'5" to Revell's 5'4".[2][3] They were coached by Bruce Hyland at Crosby Arena and represented the Unionville Skating Club throughout their career.[1]

Wilkes fell from a lift while posing for press photographs prior to the 1963 World Championships, hitting the ice head-first and fracturing her skull.[2] The pair had to withdraw from the competition.

Wilkes/Revell were awarded the bronze medal at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, while gold went to Ludmila Belousova / Oleg Protopopov and silver to Marika Kilius / Hans-Jürgen Bäumler. After taking the bronze at the 1964 World Championships in Dortmund, the pair parted ways — Wilkes decided to pursue an education while Revell elected to tour professionally in ice shows.[2]

In 1966, Wilkes/Revell were informed that the silver medalists in Innsbruck, Marika Kilius / Hans-Jürgen Bäumler of Germany, had been disqualified after an International Olympic Committee investigation found they had signed pro contracts before the Olympics. IOC executive James Worrall presented Wilkes/Revell with the silver medals during the Canadian Championships in Peterborough, Ont. Later, Kilius/Baumler were reinstated in the record books, but the medals were never redistributed.[2] In December 2013, after an investigation by The New York Times, the International Olympic Committee confirmed that Kilius/Bäumler and Wilkes/Revell share the 1964 Olympic silver medal and Joseph/Joseph of the United States are the bronze medalists. Despite the information on its website over the years, the IOC stated that this was intended to be the official result since 1987.[4]

After retiring from competition, Wilkes became a television skating analyst, an author, a coach, and Skate Canada's Director of Marketing and Sponsorship.

Results[edit]

Wilkes/Revell on the podium at the 1964 World Championships

(with Revell)

International
Event 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964
Winter Olympics 2nd
World Championships 11th 4th WD 3rd
North American Championships 5th 3rd 1st
National
Canadian Championships 1st J. 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hayakawa, Michael (February 5, 2014). "Olympic medalist whose bronze had silver shine". Markham Economist & Sun (YorkRegion.com). 
  2. ^ a b c d Wilkes, Debbi. Ice Time. ISBN 0-13-185117-9. 
  3. ^ "1963 North American, U.S., and Canadian Champions". Skating magazine. May 1963. 
  4. ^ Rosewater, Amy (December 13, 2013). "1964 Olympic Skating Pair Only Now Discovering Their Place". The New York Times.