Tracy Wilson

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Tracy Wilson
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Tracy Wilson and Robert McCall in 1985
Personal information
Full name Tracy Wilson
Country represented  Canada
Born (1961-09-25) September 25, 1961 (age 53)
Lachine, Quebec
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Former partner Rob McCall
Mark Stokes
Skating club Inlet Skating Club

Tracy Wilson, CM (born September 25, 1961) is a Canadian ice dancer. With partner Rob McCall, she won the Canadian national championship seven times (1982–1988), is a three-time World bronze medalist, and the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Tracy Wilson was born on September 25, 1961 in Lachine, Quebec, Canada.[1][2] She grew up in Port Moody, British Columbia.[3][4] As child she did swimming and diving, competing at provincials three times. She first swam with the Coquitlam Sharks in 1967 before moving, in 1970, to Port Moody Aquarians.[4] She attended college for one semester before her partnership with Rob McCall began.[3]

In 1987, Wilson married Brad Kinsella.[5][6] Though she did not change her name at the time,[6] her name is sometimes printed as Tracy Wilson-Kinsella[2][7] or Tracy Wilson Kinsella.[4][8] Together they have three kids – two sons who play hockey and a daughter who competes in equestrianism.[4][5] They live in Toronto, Ontario.[9]

Skating career[edit]

Wilson started skating when she was six years old in Coquitlam. After moving she became a member of member of Port Moody's Inlet Skating Club.[4][10] She competed in ice dancing for the first time when she was fifteen.[10] On the junior level, Wilson competed with Mark Stokes. They were the 1980 Canadian junior national champions.[2]

In the summer of 1981, Wilson teamed up with Rob McCall.[11] Their partnership started at the Elgin Barrow Arena in Richmond Hill, Ontario and they trained in Richmond Hill throughout their competitive careers.[12] Together they won the Canadian national championship seven times, from 1982–1988. They won the Skate Canada International competition in 1983 and 1987. The 1983 gold was the first time a Canadian team won the event.[10] The pair were three-time World bronze medalists (1986-1988). They competed at the 1984 Winter Olympic and the 1988 Winter Olympic, winning a bronze medal in the 1988 Games. That medal was Canada's first Olympic medal in ice dancing.[11][10][13]

After the 1988 Worlds, they decided to go pro.[14] They competed in professional competition, including winning the World Professional Championships in 1989.[12][15] The team also performed with Stars on Ice for two years[2] and other shows. In March/April 1990, McCall was diagnosed with AIDS and his health was deteriorating.[3][16] Disregarding the mass public fear of AIDS at the time, Wilson continued to skate with McCall. The pair did some shows and skated at the 1990 World Professional Championships. Wilson had to stop skating with the birth of her first child in 1991. Soon after McCall deteriorated further and he died November 15, 1991.[16] Wilson retired from ice dancing,[2] but she did skate a solo, while pregnant with her second child, at the tribute show for McCall on November 21, 1992.[16]

Results[edit]

(with McCall)

Event 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89 1989–90 1990–91
Amateur[13][17]
Olympics 8th 3rd
Worlds 10th 6th 6th 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd
Skate Canada 2nd 1st 1st
Novarat Trophy 1st
Prague Skate 4th
St. Ivel 4th 1st
Canadian Champs. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Professional
World Pro 2nd[15] 1st[15]  ?[16]
Challenge of Champions 3rd[18]

(with Stokes)

Amateur[13]
Event 1979–80 1980–81
Nebelhorn Trophy 8th
Canadian Champs. 1st Jr

Coaching career[edit]

In 2006, Wilson and Brian Orser were hired by the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club as consultants to help rebuild the skating program. The two decided to stay and coach there, training kids, adults, and elite skaters.[19]

Her current and former students include:

Other ventures[edit]

Since 1990, Wilson has worked as a television figure skating analyst for American and Canadian networks, including CBS, NBC, CBC, CTV (TSN), ABC, and Turner Sports (TNT).[2][4][24] She has also written several articles for TSN's website.[25]

Wilson has also done some choreography, including for Canadian junior ice dance team Edrea Khong / Edbert Khong.[26]

Wilson is also an AIDS activist.[12][14] She was one of the primary organizers of the "Skate the Dream: A Tribute to Rob McCall" ice show, a fundraiser for AIDS research, which took place on November 21, 1992.[16][27][28]

She is an ambassador for S'port for Kids Foundation, a charitable organization whose goal is to involve kids in organized athletics.[2][24]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1988, Wilson and McCall were made Members of the Order of Canada.[2][10] This is the highest civilian honor given by the Canadian goverment.[9]

Wilson was also inducted into several halls of fame, including:

In 1995, the Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall Trophy was established to annually recognize a Canadian pairs team.[2] Past winners included pairs in rowing, bobsleigh, and tennis.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tracy Wilson". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Tracy Wilson". Sports Reference. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Some Golden Oldies". People 37 (7). 24 February 1992. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Pool of Fame - 2005". British Columbia Summer Swimming Association. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Board of Directors". Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Parker, Tony (27 October 1990). "Wilson still a star on and off the ice". Lethbridge Herald. p. 7. Retrieved 9 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ a b "Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "BVG Speakers Series Winter 2014 - Tracy Wilson Kinsella". Bayview Glen School. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Tracy Wilson – Figure Skating Analyst". NBC. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Tracy Wilson". BC Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "2003 Skate Canada Hall of Fame Induction". Skate Canada. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame Inductees - Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall". city of Richmond Hill. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c "Skate Canada Results". Skate Canada. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Calgary Olympics: First Canadian ice-dancing medal – Did You Know?". CBC. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "World Professional Figure Skating Championships – Landover, MD". Golden Skate. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c d e Glauber, Bill (21 November 1992). "AIDS quietly ravages the sport of figure skating Rob McCall's death forces sport to confront deadly virus". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Skate Canada Results Book - Volume 2 - 1974-2007". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on 20 September 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Figure Skating Challenge of Champions". Golden Skate. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  19. ^ Smith, Beverley (4 October 2007). "Orser and Wilson help spark Cricket Club revival". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Javier FERNANDEZ". ISU Results. International Skating Union. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Yuzuru HANYU". ISU Results. International Skating Union. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Dylan MOSCOVITCH". ISU Results. International Skating Union. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "Elizabet TURZYNBAEVA". ISU Results. International Skating Union. 11 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Ambassador". S'port for Kids Foundation. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "Tracy Wilson". TSN. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  26. ^ "Edrea KHONG / Edbert KHONG". ISU Results. International Skating Union. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  27. ^ Bondy, Filip (17 November 1992). "FIGURE SKATING; AIDS Deaths Tear at Figure-Skating World". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  28. ^ Hersh, Phil (20 November 1992). "Aids Forces Figure Skaters To Face Facts-and Myths". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  29. ^ "Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall Trophy". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 9 January 2015.