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Toller Cranston
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Toller Cranston performs a split jump at the 1974 World Figure Skating Championships
Personal information
Full name: Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston
Country represented:  Canada
Date of birth: April 20, 1949 (1949-04-20) (age 60)
Place of birth: Hamilton, Ontario
Home town: Kirkland Lake
Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Skating club: TCS & CC
Olympic medal record
Figure Skating
Bronze 1976 Innsbruck Men's Singles

Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston, CM (born April 20, 1949) is a Canadian figure skater and painter. He is the 1971-1976 Canadian national champion, the 1974 World bronze medalist, and the 1976 Olympic bronze medalist.

He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1976, the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1997, the Order of Canada in 1977 and Canada's Walk of Fame in 2003.


Personal life

Toller Cranston was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1949 and grew up in Kirkland Lake. He currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where his main artistic outlet is now his painting, which often incorporates themes related to skating.


Cranston is credited by many with bringing a new level of artistry to men's figure skating.

He was the Canadian national figure skating champion from 1971 to 1976. Although he never won a world level competition, he won the free skate portion of the competition at four world championships. He won bronze medals at the 1974 World Figure Skating Championship and the 1976 Winter Olympics. He is the 1988 World Professional Champion.

At the age of 27, he began a long career in professional figure skating. He has also choreographed skating programs and been a commentator on CBC television for figure skating events.

He co-wrote the autobiographical Zero Tollerance (1997) with Martha Lowder Kimball. In his second autobiography, When Hell Freezes Over: Should I Bring My Skates?, Cranston details a sexual tryst between himself and Ondrej Nepela.[1]

Unlike most skaters, he spins in the clockwise direction.

Competitive highlights

Event 1969-1970 1970-1971 1971-1972 1972-1973 1973-1974 1974-1975 1975-1976
Winter Olympics 9th 3rd
World Championships 13th 11th 5th 5th 3rd 4th 4th
Canadian Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Skate Canada International 1st
Coupe des Alpes 3rd
Event 1962-1963 1963-1964 1964-1965 1965-1966 1966-1967 1967-1968 1968-1969
North American Championships 4th
Canadian Championships 3rd J. 1st J. 3rd
  • J = Junior level


  1. ^ Cranston, Toller; Martha Lowder Kimball (2000). When Hell Freezes Over: Should I Bring My Skates?. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 0771023375.  

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Simple English

Toller Cranston (born April 20, 1949 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian figure skater.

Cranston grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He was Canadian champion six times, and, despite never coming higher than third at a world championship, he came first in the free skate four times. He was well-respected for his artistic ability, and is recognized as someone who brought a new level of artistry to men's figure skating.

He skated as a professional for many years, choreographed (designed movement patterns for) skating routines, and was a commentator (talked about events) on T.V. during skating events. Today he is a painter; sometimes he paints about skating.

Amateur competitions

  • World Championships: third in 1974
  • Olympics: bronze medal in 1976
  • Canadian Championships: first in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1976


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