Montgomery Wilson

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Montgomery Wilson
Personal information
Country represented  Canada
Born (1909-08-20)August 20, 1909
Died November 15, 1964(1964-11-15) (aged 55)
Former partner Constance Wilson-Samuel
Retired 1939

Montgomery "Bud" Wilson (August 20, 1909 – November 15, 1964) was a Canadian figure skater. Competing in men's singles, he became the 1932 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1932 World silver medalist, a six-time North American champion, and a nine-time Canadian national champion. He holds the record for the most Canadian titles won by any skater.

Personal life[edit]

Wilson was born in Toronto in 1909. During World War II, he was a Major in the army artillery, earning the Bronze Star. He died in 1964 at the age of 55 from cancer of the throat.

Career[edit]

Wilson first entered the Canadian Championships in 1924 at the age of 13 and placed second. He would win nine senior national titles between 1929 and 1939. In 1932, he won the silver medal at the World Figure Skating Championships and the bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in men's singles.

Wilson also competed in pair skating with his sister Constance Wilson-Samuel. Together, they won numerous Canadian and North American championships.

Wilson turned professional in 1939 and began his teaching career in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he stayed until interrupted by World War II. Following his army service, he joined the Skating Club of Boston as the club's senior professional and director of its annual carnival, The Ice Chips. He coached the following skaters:

  • Dudley Richards, U.S. pair skating champion, World and Olympic competitor
  • Bradley Lord, U.S. men's singles champion and World competitor
  • Gregory Kelley, U.S. men's singles silver medalist and World competitor
  • Tina Noyes, U.S. national medalist, Olympic and World competitor[1]

In 2003, Wilson was inducted into the Professional Skaters Association Coaches Hall of Fame.

Results[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

International
Event 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Winter Olympics 13th 3rd 4th
World Champ. 7th 4th 2nd 5th
North American Champ. 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
National
Canadian Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

Pairs with Wilson-Samuel[edit]

International
Event 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935
Winter Olympics 5th
World Championships 4th 6th
North American Championships 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd
National
Canadian Championships 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 3rd

Fours[edit]

(with Dorothy Caley, Hazel Caley, and Ralph McCreath)

International
Event 1939
North American Championships 1st

(with Constance Wilson-Samuel, Elizabeth Fisher, and Hubert Sprott)

International
Event 1933
North American Championships 2nd

References[edit]