Robert McCall (figure skater)
Robert McCall and Tracy Wilson in 1985.
|Full name||Robert McCall|
|Born||September 14, 1958|
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Died||November 15, 1991 (aged 33)|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Former partner||Tracy Wilson |
|Skating club||Halifax SC|
|Olympic medal record|
|1988 Calgary||Ice dancing|
McCall competed with Marie McNeil early in his career. They were the 1975 Canadian novice silver medalists, 1977 Canadian junior national champions, 1978 & 1979 Canadian senior bronze medalists, 1980 silver medalists, and the 1981 national champions. They placed 13th at the 1980 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1981 World Figure Skating Championships.
Following that season, McCall teamed up with Tracy Wilson and skated with her until his death. They were the 1982-1988 Canadian national champions and three-time World bronze medalists. They placed 8th at the 1984 Winter Olympics and won the bronze medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
In 1988, Wilson and McCall were made a Member of the Order of Canada.
In March 1990, McCall became critically ill with pneumonia in Portland, Maine while touring in a show with Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt, and was diagnosed with AIDS. He initially kept the nature of his illness a secret because he hoped to be able to continue to skate professionally in the United States, which at that time had restrictive immigration and customs laws barring persons with AIDS. However, his health deteriorated and he died of AIDS-related brain cancer on November 15, 1991 at age 33. It was an open secret that he was gay.
In 2018 McCall was named one of the greatest 15 athletes in Nova Scotia's history.
(with Marie McNeil)
|Skate Canada International||8th||8th||3rd|
|World Junior Championships||3rd|
(with Tracy Wilson)
|Winter Olympic Games||8th||3rd|
|Skate Canada International||2nd||1st||1st|
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