Donald McPherson (figure skater)
Donald McPherson in 1972
|Full name||John Donald McPherson|
February 20, 1945|
|Died||November 24, 2001
|Skating club||Stafford Figure Skating Club|
John Donald McPherson (February 20, 1945 – November 24, 2001) was a Canadian figure skater. He is the 1963 World Champion and the 1963 Canadian national champion. He represented Canada at the 1960 Winter Olympics, where he placed 10th at the age of 15. He turned 15 years old during the Olympic figure skating competition.
Donald McPherson started to skate with the age of 4. He represented the Stratford Figure Skating Club in Ontario, and was coached by Dennis Silverthorne. He won the 1963 World Figure Skating Championships at the age of 18, becoming the youngest men's World Champion. McPherson won his World title skating on an unusual pair of skates with small serrations in the blades.
Following that win, he turned professional, starring in Dick Button's Ice-Travanganza at the 1964 New York World's Fair. He also toured for 11 years for Holiday on Ice, and won the 1965 World Professional Figure Skating Championships.
Donald McPherson was inducted into the Stratford Sports Hall of Fame in the Athlete's Section on Saturday April 16, 2011 along with Howie Morenz, Larry Landreth and Jodeyne Higgins' Also inducted were the 1977 JS News Peewees Baseball team and the 1952 Stratford Indians Senior Men's Hockey team in the Team Category. Denis 'Dinny' Flanagan was inducted in the builder's category.
|Winter Olympic Games||10th|
|North American Championships||6th||5th||1st|
|Canadian Championships||1st J.||2nd||2nd||2nd||1st|
- J = Junior level
- Donald McPherson. sports-reference.com
- "Champion of the World", Skating magazine, June 1963
- "Spins through Professional Circles", Skating magazine, November 1963
- Canada Sports Hall of Fame - Honoured Members: Profile Archived December 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Skater McPherson dead at 56". CBC Sports. November 29, 2001. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
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