David Dore

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David Dore
Personal information
Born (1940-08-09)August 9, 1940
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died April 8, 2016(2016-04-08) (aged 75)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • President (1980–1984)
  • Director General (1986–2004)
Employer Canadian Figure Skating Association
Country Canada
Sport Figure skating
Former partner(s)
  • Bonnie Anderson
  • Laura Maybee
  • Greg Folk

David Dore (August 9, 1940 – April 8, 2016) was a Canadian figure skating competitor and official. He won the 1964 Canadian national title in four skating. He later served as Skate Canada's president and director general and as vice-president of the International Skating Union.

Personal life[edit]

Dore was born on August 9, 1940 in East York, Toronto.[1] He nearly died from polio at the age of 12 and had to regain his ability to walk.[2][3] He and his wife had two children, Paul and another son.[1][2] He died in Ottawa on April 8, 2016.[4]


Having started skating as therapy after a bout of polio, Dore was coached first by Wallace Diestelmeyer and then by Sheldon Galbraith.[2] In 1964, he became a Canadian national champion in four skating with Bonnie Anderson, Laura Maybee, and Greg Folk. After retiring from competition, he became a judge and served at seven World Figure Skating Championships and the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Dore became a director of the Canadian Figure Skating Association (now known as Skate Canada) in 1972. He became the CFSA's youngest President in 1980 and served in the role until 1984. From 1984 to 2002, he served as CFSA/Skate Canada Director General.[1] He stepped down on January 31, 2002.[5] During his tenure, he developed the National Team program, created the Athlete Trust, developed marketing and television concepts, and staged three World Figure Skating Championships. Under his leadership, Canadian skaters won more Olympic and world medals than during any other time. In 2002, he was elected as the 1st Vice President Figure Skating of the International Skating Union.[1] He was the first Canadian to serve in the role.

Dore was one of the most decorated administrators and volunteers in Canadian sport. In 2002, he received the International Olympic Committee's highest honour, the Olympic Order.[6] In 2008, he was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame[7] and into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[8][3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mr. David M. Dore". International Skating Union. April 10, 2016. Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Kwong, PJ; Dore, Paul (May 26, 2014). "Episode 75: David Dore, Part One". Open Kwong Dore. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Winer, David (2008-09-30). "Dore being inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame". Mississauga. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Skating Community Mourns the Passing of David Dore". Skate Canada. April 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ "David Dore steps down as Skate Canada head". Skate Canada. January 31, 2002. Archived from the original on March 26, 2004. 
  6. ^ Elfman, Lois (April 11, 2016). "Figure skating world remembers 'trailblazer' Dore". IceNetwork.com. 
  7. ^ "2008 Skate Canada Hall of Fame Induction: David Dore". Skate Canada. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ Smith, Beverley (May 13, 2008). "Dore's theatrics get recognized". The Globe and Mail. 

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