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Figure skater Karen Magnussen, 1973 world champion

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Is there life after figure skating? For Karen Magnussen, there is. After achieving an Olympic silver medal and the world championship crown as an amateur, she's become a professional skater with the Ice Capades. In this interview with 90 Minutes Live host Peter Gzowski, Magnussen is joined by Olympic silver medalist Greg Joy, who weighs in on the possibilities open to track and field athletes to continue in their sport and earn a living.

Medium: Television
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: Jan. 10, 1977
Host: Peter Gzowski
Guests: Karen Magnussen, Greg Joy
Duration: 5:47

Did You know?


• Magnussen won bronze and silver at the 1971 and 1972 World Championships, before going to win gold in 1973.  She was also Canada's female athlete of the year in 1973, and is an officer of the Order of Canada.

• Magnussen went on to become a coach for both figure skaters and hockey players with her own skating school. As of June, 2009, at least 25 players she coached went on to be drafted by the NHL.

• In November 2011, Magnussen was poisoned by an accidental release of ammonia gas at the Vancouver rink where she was a coach. She inhaled the gas while ushering her students outside to safety. 


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