Montgomery Wilson

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Montgomery Wilson
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Personal information
Country represented  Canada
Born (1909-08-20)August 20, 1909
Toronto, Canada
Died November 15, 1964(1964-11-15) (aged 55)
Lincoln, Massachusetts, U.S.[1]
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Former partner Constance Wilson-Samuel
Skating club Toronto Skating Club[1]
Retired 1939

William Stewart Montgomery "Bud" Wilson (August 20, 1909 – November 15, 1964) was a Canadian figure skater. Competing in 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.

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 throat cancer.


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 singles.[1]

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[2]

Wilson was inducted into the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame (1976), Skate Canada Hall of Fame (1990), Professional Skaters Association Coaches Hall of Fame (2003), and Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (2007).[1][3][4]


Men's singles[edit]

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
Canadian Champ. 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

Pairs with Wilson-Samuel[edit]

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
Canadian Championships 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 3rd


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

Event 1939
North American Championships 1st

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

Event 1933
North American Championships 2nd


  1. ^ a b c d e Bud Wilson.
  2. ^ "PSA Coaches Hall Of Fame". Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Posthumous honour for Canada’s first Olympic medallist in figure skating Montgomery “Bud” Wilson. Skate Canada (March 6, 2007)
  4. ^ "Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame". Retrieved August 24, 2017.