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First Canadian ice-dancing medal at the 1988 Winter Games

The Story


They came from opposite sides of the country with contrasting styles. Tracy Wilson of Port Moody, B.C., was a strong technical skater whereas Rob McCall of Dartmouth, N.S., was known for his artistic flair. Together they give Canada its first medal in ice dancing. The dynamic duo's dazzling routine to The Maple Leaf Rag captures the bronze, and the hearts of millions of Canadians. The day after, Wilson and McCall retrace their performance with CBC's Peter Downie.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Feb. 24, 1988
Guest(s): Brian McCall, Tracy Wilson
Host: Peter Downie
Duration: 2:54

Did You know?


• Couples from the Soviet Union skated to the top two places in the ice dancing competition. Natalya Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin won gold and Marina Klimova and Sergey Ponomarenko skated to silver.
• Wilson and McCall also finished third at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Budapest; behind the two Soviet couples as in Calgary.
• Wilson and McCall were named Members of the Order of Canada in 1988.

• Ice dancing developed from ballroom dancing, especially the waltz. The goal of ice dancing is to demonstrate complex steps in time with the music. The skaters must maintain contact with each other, limiting lifts and jumps. Ice dancing was first introduced to the Winter Games in 1976.
• Wilson and McCall turned pro following the 1988 World Figure Skating. Their career was cut short when Rob McCall died from AIDS in 1991. Wilson went on to be a successful a sports broadcaster and an AIDS activist.


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