|Country represented||United States|
|Former coach||Slavka Kohout|
Now providing "Virtual" coaching assistance to figure skating coaches with respect to teaching technical elements of figure skating through his website at www.gordiemckellen.com.
McKellen won three consecutive U.S. national titles. He was selected to represent the United States at the 1972 Winter Olympics and finished tenth. His highest placement at the World Championships was 5th, in 1975.
Although other skaters had practiced triple axels before then, McKellen was the first skater to attempt them in public performances. He landed several in exhibition in 1974-1975, as King of the Lake Placid Winter Festival exhibition and during the exhibitions following his third National championship win in Providence. The triple axel was not landed in competition until Vern Taylor did it in 1978.
McKellen retired from competitive skating after the 1975 season after his coach, Slavka Kohout, left her position at the Wagon Wheel rink in Rockton, Illinois, where McKellen had been training. He toured with Toller Cranston's "The Ice Show" company after turning professional.
He was inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1998. McKellen was banned from figure skating for life in 2001 due to allegations of inappropriate behavior and actions with underage female skaters.
|U.S. Championships||6th N.||6th||3rd||3rd||1st||1st||1st|
|N. = Novice level|
- Mazurkiewicz, Frank (February 12, 1984). "Olympic memory on ice". Reading Eagle.
- Skatabase: 1970s Worlds
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- Hamilton, Scott (1999). Landing It, ISBN 1-57566-466-6.
- Grievance Report, Skating magazine, October 2001. http://www.usfsa.org/About.asp?id=299
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