Suzanne Morrow

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Suzanne Morrow
Suzanne Morrow 1947.jpg
Suzanne Morrow in 1947
Personal information
Country represented  Canada
Born (1930-12-14)December 14, 1930
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died June 11, 2006(2006-06-11) (aged 75)
Former partner Wallace Diestelmeyer

Suzanne Morrow Francis or Suzanna Morrow-Francis (December 14, 1930 – June 11, 2006) was a Canadian figure skater. She competed in pairs with Wallace Diestelmeyer. The couple won the bronze medal at the 1948 Winter Olympics and the 1948 World Figure Skating Championships. They are credited as being the first pair to perform the death spiral.[1]

Morrow also competed as a singles skater in the 1948 and 1952 Winter Olympics.[1]

After retiring from competition, Morrow served as a figure skating judge for over fifty years.[2] At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, she took the Judge's Oath, the first woman to do so at the Winter Olympics. In 1992 she was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame, together with Diestelmeyer.[1]

Morrow earned her degree in veterinary medicine in 1952 and worked as a veterinarian until retirement in 1995.[1][2] For a time she shared a clinic with Dr. Edith Williams, the second Canadian woman to earn a degree as a veterinarian.[3][4] During that time, she also served as an All Breed dog show judge as part of the Canadian Kennel Club.[1][2]


Ladies singles

Event 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953
Winter Olympics 14th 6th
World Championships 13th 4th 4th 4th 5th
North American Championships 2nd
Canadian Championships 3rd 1st 1st 1st

Pairs with Wallace Diestelmeyer

Event 1947 1948
Winter Olympics 3rd
World Championships 3rd
North American Championships 1st
Canadian Championships 1st 1st

Ice dance with Wallace Diestelmeyer

Event 1948
Canadian Championships 1st


  1. ^ a b c d e Suzanne Morrow.
  2. ^ a b c Skate Canada saddened by the loss of Suzanne Francis. (June 19, 2006).
  3. ^ "Former Skating Champion Returns to First Love". Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: The Winnipeg Free Press. 14 July 1962. p. 16. Retrieved 27 May 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Coates, Richard (4 September 1954). "Dog Owners and Their Pets Eventually Look Alike, Claims Lady Veterinarian". Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: The Ottawa Journal. p. 3. Retrieved 27 May 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read

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