North American Figure Skating Championships

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The North American Figure Skating Championships were a former elite figure skating competition for skaters from the United States and Canada. It was a biennial (every two years) competition held between 1923 and 1971, with locations alternating between the two countries.

Although the event was classified as an "international competition" under International Skating Union rules, it was actually a cooperative venture between the United States Figure Skating Association and the Canadian Figure Skating Association, which both had their roots in a former organization called the Ice Skating Union of America. The latter organization had sponsored competitions open to skaters of both countries as early as 1913.

The competition was discontinued when the Canadian federation abruptly cancelled its participation in the 1973 event, which was to have been held in Rochester, New York. The CFSA cited problems with the judging (which tended to favor the skaters of whichever country had a majority of judges on the panel) and the reluctance of top skaters from both countries to participate in an event immediately before the World Figure Skating Championships. In fact, the CFSA was at that time already planning to hold its own international competition, the first Skate Canada International, in the fall of 1973. This event would be open to skaters from all ISU member countries and use international judges. The USFSA established its own international competition, Skate America, in the fall of 1979.

Medalists[edit]

Men[edit]

Men's Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1923 Canada Ottawa United States Sherwin Badger Canada Melville Rogers  ?
1925 United States Boston Canada Melville Rogers United States Nathaniel Niles no other competitors
1927 Canada Toronto Canada Melville Rogers United States Sherwin Badger Canada Montgomery Wilson
1929 United States Boston Canada Montgomery Wilson United States Roger Turner United States Frederick Goodridge
1931 Canada Ottawa Canada Montgomery Wilson United States James Madden United States Gail Borden
1933 United States New York City Canada Montgomery Wilson United States J. Lester Madden United States Robin Lee
1935 Canada Montreal Canada Montgomery Wilson United States Robin Lee United States J. Lester Madden
1937 United States Boston Canada Montgomery Wilson United States Roger Turner Canada Ralph McCreath
1939 Canada Toronto Canada Montgomery Wilson United States Robin Lee Canada Ralph McCreath
1941 United States Philadelphia Canada Ralph McCreath United States Eugene Turner United States William Grimditch
1947 Canada Ottawa United States Dick Button United States James Grogan Canada Wallace Diestelmeyer
1949 United States Philadelphia United States Dick Button United States James Grogan United States Hayes Alan Jenkins
1951 Canada Calgary United States Dick Button United States James Grogan United States Hayes Alan Jenkins
1953 United States Cleveland United States Hayes Alan Jenkins Canada Peter Firstbrook United States Ronnie Robertson
1955 Canada Regina, Saskatchewan United States Hayes Alan Jenkins United States David Jenkins Canada Charles Snelling
1957 United States Rochester, New York United States David Jenkins Canada Charles Snelling United States Tim Brown
1959 Canada Toronto Canada Donald Jackson United States Tim Brown United States Robert Brewer
1961 United States Philadelphia Canada Donald Jackson United States Bradley Lord United States Gregory Kelley
1963 Canada Vancouver Canada Donald McPherson United States Thomas Litz United States Scott Allen
1965 United States Rochester, New York United States Gary Visconti United States Scott Allen Canada Donald Knight
1967 Canada Montreal Canada Donald Knight United States Scott Allen United States Gary Visconti
1969 United States Oakland, California United States Tim Wood Canada Jay Humphry United States John Misha Petkevich
1971 Canada Peterborough, Ontario United States John Misha Petkevich Canada Toller Cranston United States Ken Shelley

Ladies[edit]

Ladies Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1923 Canada Ottawa United States Theresa Weld Blanchard United States Beatrice Loughran Canada Dorothy Jenkins
1925 United States Boston United States Beatrix Loughran Canada Cecil Smith United States Theresa Weld Blanchard
1927 Canada Toronto United States Beatrix Loughran Canada Constance Wilson Canada Cecil Smith
1929 United States Boston Canada Constance Wilson United States Maribel Vinson United States Suzanne Davis
1931 Canada Ottawa Canada Constance Wilson Canada Elizabeth Fisher United States Mrs. Frederick Secord
1933 United States New York City Canada Constance Wilson-Samuel Canada Cecil Gooderham United States Suzanne Davis
1935 Canada Montreal Canada Constance Wilson-Samuel United States Maribel Vinson United States Suzanne Davis
1937 United States Boston United States Maribel Vinson Canada Veronica Clarke Canada Eleanor O'Meara
1939 Canada Toronto Canada Mary Rose Thacker United States Joan Tozzer Canada Norah McCarthy
1941 United States Philadelphia Canada Mary Rose Thacker Canada Eleanor O'Meara Canada Norah McCarthy
1945 United States New York City Canada Barbara Ann Scott United States Gretchen Merrill United States Janette Ahrens
1947 Canada Ottawa Canada Barbara Ann Scott United States Janette Ahrens United States Yvonne Sherman
1949 United States Philadelphia United States Yvonne Sherman Canada Marlene Smith United States Virginia Baxter
1951 Canada Calgary United States Sonya Klopfer Canada Suzanne Morrow United States Tenley Albright
1953 United States Cleveland United States Tenley Albright United States Carol Heiss Canada Barbara Gratton
1955 Canada Regina, Saskatchewan United States Tenley Albright United States Carol Heiss United States Patricia Firth
1957 United States Rochester, New York United States Carol Heiss Canada Carole Jane Pachl United States Joan Schenke
1959 Canada Toronto United States Carol Heiss United States Lynn Finnegan United States Nancy Heiss
1961 United States Philadelphia United States Laurence Owen Canada Wendy Griner Canada Sonia Snelling
1963 Canada Vancouver Canada Wendy Griner Canada Petra Burka Canada Shirra Kenworthy
1965 United States Rochester, New York Canada Petra Burka United States Peggy Fleming Canada Valerie Jones
1967 Canada Montreal United States Peggy Fleming Canada Valerie Jones United States Tina Noyes
1969 United States Oakland, California United States Janet Lynn Canada Karen Magnussen Canada Linda Carbonetto
1971 Canada Peterborough, Ontario Canada Karen Magnussen United States Janet Lynn United States Suna Murray

Pairs[edit]

Pairs Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1923 Canada Ottawa Canada Dorothy Jenkins / A.G. McClennan United States Theresa Weld Blanchard / Nathaniel Niles United States Channing Frothingham / Charles Rotch
1925 United States Boston United States Theresa Weld Blanchard / Nathaniel Niles Canada Gladys Rogers / Melville Rogers no other competitors
1927 Canada Toronto Canada Marion McDougall / Chauncey Bangs United States Theresa Weld Blanchard / Nathaniel Niles Canada Constance Wilson / Montgomery Wilson
1929 United States Boston Canada Constance Wilson / Montgomery Wilson United States Theresa Weld Blanchard / Nathaniel Niles United States Maribel Vinson / Thornton Coolidge
1931 Canada Ottawa Canada Constance Wilson / Montgomery Wilson Canada Frances Claudet / Chauncey Bangs United States Beatrix Loughran / Sherwin Badger
1933 United States New York City Canada Constance Wilson-Samuel / Montgomery Wilson Canada Maud Smith / Jack Eastwood Canada Kathleen Lopdell / Donald Cruikshank
1935 Canada Montreal United States Maribel Vinson / George Hill Canada Constance Wilson-Samuel / Montgomery Wilson Canada Louise Bertram / Stewart Reburn
1937 United States Boston Canada Veronica Clarke / Ralph McCreath United States Maribel Vinson / George Hill United States Grace Madden / J. Lester Madden
1939 Canada Toronto United States Joan Tozzer / Bernard Fox Canada Norah McCarthy / Ralph McCreath Canada Aidrie Cruikshank / Donald Cruikshank
1941 United States Philadelphia Canada Eleanor O'Meara / Ralph McCreath United States Donna Atwood / Eugene Turner United States Patricia Vaeth / Jack Might
1947 Canada Ottawa Canada Suzanne Morrow / Wallace Distelmeyer United States Yvonne Sherman / Robert Swenning United States Karol Kennedy / Peter Kennedy
1949 United States Philadelphia United States Karol Kennedy / Peter Kennedy Canada Marlene Smith / Donald Gilchrist United States Irene Maguire / Walter Muehlbronner
1951 Canada Calgary United States Karol Kennedy / Peter Kennedy United States Janet Gerhauser / John Nightingale Canada Jane Kirby / Donald Tobin
1953 United States Cleveland Canada Frances Dafoe / Norris Bowden United States Carole Ann Ormaca / Robin Greiner United States Margaret Anne Graham / Hugh Graham
1955 Canada Regina, Saskatchewan Canada Frances Dafoe / Norris Bowden United States Carole Ann Ormaca / Robin Greiner Canada Barbara Wagner / Robert Paul
1957 United States Rochester, New York Canada Barbara Wagner / Robert Paul Canada Maria Jelinek / Otto Jelinek United States Nancy Rouillard / Ronald Ludington
1959 Canada Toronto Canada Barbara Wagner / Robert Paul  ?  ?
1961 United States Philadelphia Canada Maria Jelinek / Otto Jelinek United States Maribel Owen / Dudley Richards Canada Debbi Wilkes / Guy Revell
1963 Canada Vancouver Canada Debbi Wilkes / Guy Revell Canada Gertrude DesJardins / Maurice LaFrance United States Vivian Joseph / Ronald Joseph
1965 United States Rochester, New York United States Vivian Joseph / Ronald Joseph United States Cynthia Kauffman / Ronald Kauffman Canada Susan Huehnergard / Paul Huehnergard
1967 Canada Montreal United States Cynthia Kauffman / Ronald Kauffman United States Susan Berens / Roy Wagelein United States Betty Jean Lewis / Richard Gilbert
1969 United States Oakland, California United States Cynthia Kauffman / Ronald Kauffman United States JoJo Starbuck / Ken Shelley Canada Mary Petrie / Robert McAvoy
1971 Canada Peterborough, Ontario United States JoJo Starbuck / Ken Shelley United States Melissa Militano / Mark Militano Canada Sandra Bezic / Val Bezic

Ice Dance[edit]

Ice Dance Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1947 Canada Ottawa United States Lois Waring / Walter Bainbridge United States Ann Davies / Carleton Hoffner United States Marcella Willis / Frank Davenport
1949 United States Philadelphia United States Lois Waring / Walter Bainbridge United States Irene Maguire / Walter Muehlbronner United States Ann Davies / Carleton Hoffner
1951 Canada Calgary United States Carmel Bodel / Edward Bodel United States Carol Ann Peters / Daniel Ryan Canada Pierette Paquin / Donald Tobin
1953 United States Cleveland United States Carol Ann Peters / Daniel Ryan United States Virginia Hoyns / Donald Jacoby United States Carmel Bodel / Edward Bodel
1955 Canada Regina, Saskatchewan United States Carmel Bodel / Edward Bodel United States Joan Zamboni / Roland Junso United States Virginia Hoyns / William Kipp
1957 United States Rochester, New York Canada Geraldine Fenton / William McLachlan United States Joan Zamboni / Roland Junso United States Sharon McKenzie / Bert Wright
1959 Canada Toronto Canada Geraldine Fenton / William McLachlan United States Andree Jacoby / Donald Jacoby Canada Anne Martin / Edward Collins
1961 United States Philadelphia Canada Virginia Thompson / William McLachlan United States Dona Lee Carrier / Roger Campbell Canada Paulette Doan / Kenneth Ormsby
1963 Canada Vancouver Canada Paulette Doan / Kenneth Ormsby Canada Donna Mitchell / John Mitchell United States Sally Schantz / Stanley Urban
1965 United States Rochester, New York United States Lorna Dyer / John Carrell United States Kristin Fortune / Dennis Sveum Canada Carole Forrest / Kevin Lethbridge
1967 Canada Montreal United States Lorna Dyer / John Carrell Canada Joni Graham / Don Phillips United States Judy Schwomeyer / James Sladky
1969 United States Oakland, California Canada Donna Taylor / Bruce Lennie United States Judy Schwomeyer / James Sladky United States Debbie Gerken / Raymond Tiedemann
1971 Canada Peterborough, Ontario United States Judy Schwomeyer / James Sladky United States Anne Millier / Harvey Millier United States Mary Karen Campbell / Johnny Johns

Fours[edit]

Fours Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1923 Canada Ottawa Canada Elizabeth Blair, Florence Wilson, Philip H. Chrysler, C.R. Morphy  ?  ?
1931 Canada Ottawa Canada Frances Claudet, Kathleen Lopdell, Melville Rogers, Guy Owen  ? Canada Elizabeth Fisher
1933 United States New York City Canada Margaret Davis, Prudence Holbrook, Melville Rogers, Guy Owen Canada Constance Wilson-Samuel, Elizabeth Fisher, Montgomery Wilson, Hubert Sprott  ?
1935 Canada Montreal Canada Margaret Davis, Prudence Holbrook, Melville Rogers, Guy Owen  ?  ?
1937 United States Boston Canada Margaret Davis, Prudence Holbrook, Melville Rogers, Guy Owen Canada Naomi Slater, Aidrie Cruikshank, Jack Hose, Donald Cruikshank  ?
1939 Canada Toronto Canada Dorothy Caley, Hazel Caley, Ralph McCreath, Montgomery Wilson Canada Gillian Watson, Ruth Hall, Sandy McKechnie, Donald Gilchrist United States Nettie Prantel, Marjorie Parker, Joseph Savage, George Boltres
1941 United States Philadelphia United States Janette Ahrens, Mary Louise Premer, Robert Uppgren, Lyman Wakefield, Jr. Canada Therese McCarthy, Virginia Wilson, Donald Gilchrist, Michael Kirby  ?
1949 United States Philadelphia United States Janet Gerhauser, Marilyn Thomsen, Marlyn Thomsen, John Nightingale Canada Mary Kenner, Vera Smith, Peter Dunfield, Peter Firstbrook  ?

Notes[edit]

  • Fours competitions were held only in the indicated years.
  • The 1943 competition was cancelled due to World War II.
  • The 1945 competition included ladies single skating only.
  • Ice dance was competed for the first time in 1947.

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