Donald McPherson (figure skater)

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Donald McPherson
Personal information
Full name John Donald McPherson
Country represented  Canada
Born (1945-02-20)February 20, 1945
Windsor, Ontario
Died November 24, 2001(2001-11-24) (aged 56)
Munich, Germany
Skating club Stafford Figure Skating Club
Retired 1963

John Donald McPherson (February 20, 1945 in Windsor, Ontario – November 24, 2001 in Munich, Germany) was a Canadian figure skater. He is the 1963 World Champion and the 1963 Canadian national champion. He represented Canada at the 1960 Winter Olympics, where he placed 10th at the age of 15. He turned 15 years old during the Olympic figure skating competition.

Donald McPherson started to skate with the age of 4. He represented the Stratford Figure Skating Club in Ontario, and was coached by Dennis Silverthorne. He won the 1963 World Figure Skating Championships at the age of 18, becoming the youngest men's World Champion. McPherson won his World title skating on an unusual pair of skates with small serrations in the blades.[1]

Following that win, he turned professional, starring in Dick Button's Ice-Travanganza at the 1964 New York World's Fair.[2] He also toured for 11 years for Holiday on Ice, and won the 1965 World Professional Figure Skating Championships.

He was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1963[3] and the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996.

Later in life, he moved to Munich, Germany. He died of complications arising from diabetes in Munich on 24 November 2001.[4]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963
Winter Olympic Games 10th
World Championships 8th 4th 1st
North American Championships 6th 5th 1st
Canadian Championships 1st J. 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st
  • J = Junior level

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Champion of the World", Skating magazine, June 1963
  2. ^ "Spins through Professional Circles", Skating magazine, Nov 1963
  3. ^ Canada Sports Hall of Fame - Honoured Members: Profile
  4. ^ "Skater McPherson dead at 56". CBC Sports. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 


Donald McPherson was inducted into the Stratford Sports Hall of Fame in the Athlete's Section on Saturday April 16, 2011 along with Howie Morenz, Larry Landreth and Jodeyne Higgins' Also inducted were the 1977 JS News Peewees Baseball team and the 1952 Stratford Indians Senior Men's Hockey team in the Team Category. Denis 'Dinny' Flanagan was inducted in the builder's category.