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Olympic figure skating silver medallist Frances Dafoe dies at 86

​Frances Dafoe, a Canadian pairs figure skater who won a world title and an Olympic silver medal, has died at age 86. The Hall of Famer and Norris Bowden also won four Canadian pairs titles from 1952-55 and a Canadian ice dance championship in 1952.

Hall of Famer also won 2 pairs world titles, 4 national championships with Norris Bowden

Canadian pairs figure skater and one-time Olympic silver medallist Frances Dafoe has died at age 86. She teamed with partner Norris Bowden to win pairs world titles in 1954 and 1955 and Olympic silver in 1956. They were the first Canadian duo to win a pairs world championship. (Pj Kwong/CBC Sports)

Frances Dafoe, a Canadian pairs figure skater who won a world title and an Olympic silver medal, has died at age 86.

Skate Canada confirmed Dafoe in a release that Dafoe died on Friday evening.

Dafoe, a native of Toronto, teamed with partner Norris Bowden to win pairs world titles in 1954 and 1955 and Olympic silver in 1956. They were the first Canadian duo to win a pairs world championship.

They also won four Canadian pairs titles from 1952-55 and a Canadian ice dance championship in 1952.

Dafoe was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1958 and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 1993. She received the Order of Canada in 1991.

She worked as an Olympic judge and costume designed after her skating career ended. She worked for CBC for close to 40 years designing costumes for various shows, and also designed the performers' costumes for the closing ceremonies at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

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