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North American Figure Skating Championships

The North American Figure Skating Championships were a former elite figure skating competition for skaters from the United States and Canada. It was a biennial (every two years) competition held between 1923 and 1971, with locations alternating between the two countries.

Although the event was classified as an "international competition" under International Skating Union rules, it was actually a cooperative venture between the United States Figure Skating Association and the Canadian Figure Skating Association, which both had their roots in a former organization called the Ice Skating Union of America. The latter organization had sponsored competitions open to skaters of both countries as early as 1913.

The competition was discontinued when the Canadian federation abruptly cancelled its participation in the 1973 event, which was to have been held in Rochester, New York. The CFSA cited problems with the judging (which tended to favor the skaters of whichever country had a majority of judges on the panel) and the reluctance of top skaters from both countries to participate in an event immediately before the World Figure Skating Championships. In fact, the CFSA was at that time already planning to hold its own international competition, the first Skate Canada International, in the fall of 1973. This event would be open to skaters from all ISU member countries and use international judges. The USFSA established its own international competition, Skate America, in the fall of 1979.



Men's Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1923 Ottawa Sherwin Badger Melville Rogers ?
1925 Boston Melville Rogers Nathaniel Niles no other competitors
1927 Toronto Melville Rogers Sherwin Badger Montgomery Wilson
1929 Boston Montgomery Wilson Roger Turner Frederick Goodridge
1931 Ottawa Montgomery Wilson James Madden Gail Borden
1933 New York City Montgomery Wilson J. Lester Madden Robin Lee
1935 Montreal Montgomery Wilson Robin Lee J. Lester Madden
1937 Boston Montgomery Wilson Roger Turner Ralph McCreath
1939 Toronto Montgomery Wilson Robin Lee Ralph McCreath
1941 Philadelphia Ralph McCreath Eugene Turner William Grimditch
1947 Ottawa Dick Button James Grogan Wallace Diestelmeyer
1949 Philadelphia Dick Button James Grogan Hayes Alan Jenkins
1951 Calgary Dick Button James Grogan Hayes Alan Jenkins
1953 Cleveland Hayes Alan Jenkins Peter Firstbrook Ronnie Robertson
1955 Regina, Saskatchewan Hayes Alan Jenkins David Jenkins Charles Snelling
1957 Rochester, New York David Jenkins Charles Snelling Tim Brown
1959 Toronto Donald Jackson Tim Brown Robert Brewer
1961 Philadelphia Donald Jackson Bradley Lord Gregory Kelley
1963 Vancouver Donald McPherson Thomas Litz Scott Allen
1965 Rochester, New York Gary Visconti Scott Allen Donald Knight
1967 Montreal Donald Knight Scott Allen Gary Visconti
1969 Oakland, California Tim Wood Jay Humphry John Misha Petkevich
1971 Peterborough, Ontario John Misha Petkevich Toller Cranston Ken Shelley


Ladies Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1923 Ottawa Theresa Weld Blanchard Beatrice Loughran Dorothy Jenkins
1925 Boston Beatrix Loughran Cecil Smith Theresa Weld Blanchard
1927 Toronto Beatrix Loughran Constance Wilson Cecil Smith
1929 Boston Constance Wilson Maribel Vinson Suzanne Davis
1931 Ottawa Constance Wilson Elizabeth Fisher Mrs. Frederick Secord
1933 New York City Constance Wilson-Samuel Cecil Gooderham Suzanne Davis
1935 Montreal Constance Wilson-Samuel Maribel Vinson Suzanne Davis
1937 Boston Maribel Vinson Veronica Clarke Eleanor O'Meara
1939 Toronto Mary Rose Thacker Joan Tozzer Norah McCarthy
1941 Philadelphia Mary Rose Thacker Eleanor O'Meara Norah McCarthy
1945 New York City Barbara Ann Scott Gretchen Merrill Janette Ahrens
1947 Ottawa Barbara Ann Scott Janette Ahrens Yvonne Sherman
1949 Philadelphia Yvonne Sherman Marlene Smith Virginia Baxter
1951 Calgary Sonya Klopfer Suzanne Morrow Tenley Albright
1953 Cleveland Tenley Albright Carol Heiss Barbara Gratton
1955 Regina, Saskatchewan Tenley Albright Carol Heiss Patricia Firth
1957 Rochester, New York Carol Heiss Carole Jane Pachl Joan Schenke
1959 Toronto Carol Heiss Lynn Finnegan Nancy Heiss
1961 Philadelphia Laurence Owen Wendy Griner Sonia Snelling
1963 Vancouver Wendy Griner Petra Burka Shirra Kenworthy
1965 Rochester, New York Petra Burka Peggy Fleming Valerie Jones
1967 Montreal Peggy Fleming Valerie Jones Tina Noyes
1969 Oakland, California Janet Lynn Karen Magnussen Linda Carbonetto
1971 Peterborough, Ontario Karen Magnussen Janet Lynn Suna Murray


Pairs Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1923 Ottawa Dorothy Jenkins / A.G. McClennan Theresa Weld Blanchard / Nathaniel Niles Channing Frothingham / Charles Rotch
1925 Boston Theresa Weld Blanchard / Nathaniel Niles Gladys Rogers / Melville Rogers no other competitors
1927 Toronto Marion McDougall / Chauncey Bangs Theresa Weld Blanchard / Nathaniel Niles Constance Wilson / Montgomery Wilson
1929 Boston Constance Wilson / Montgomery Wilson Theresa Weld Blanchard / Nathaniel Niles Maribel Vinson / Thornton Coolidge
1931 Ottawa Constance Wilson / Montgomery Wilson Frances Claudet / Chauncey Bangs Beatrix Loughran / Sherwin Badger
1933 New York City Constance Wilson-Samuel / Montgomery Wilson Maud Smith / Jack Eastwood Kathleen Lopdell / Donald Cruikshank
1935 Montreal Maribel Vinson / George Hill Constance Wilson-Samuel / Montgomery Wilson Louise Bertram / Stewart Reburn
1937 Boston Veronica Clarke / Ralph McCreath Maribel Vinson / George Hill Grace Madden / J. Lester Madden
1939 Toronto Joan Tozzer / Bernard Fox Norah McCarthy / Ralph McCreath Aidrie Cruikshank / Donald Cruikshank
1941 Philadelphia Eleanor O'Meara / Ralph McCreath Donna Atwood / Eugene Turner Patricia Vaeth / Jack Might
1947 Ottawa Suzanne Morrow / Wallace Distelmeyer Yvonne Sherman / Robert Swenning Karol Kennedy / Peter Kennedy
1949 Philadelphia Karol Kennedy / Peter Kennedy Marlene Smith / Donald Gilchrist Irene Maguire / Walter Muehlbronner
1951 Calgary Karol Kennedy / Peter Kennedy Janet Gerhauser / John Nightingale Jane Kirby / Donald Tobin
1953 Cleveland Frances Dafoe / Norris Bowden Carole Ann Ormaca / Robin Greiner Margaret Anne Graham / Hugh Graham
1955 Regina, Saskatchewan Frances Dafoe / Norris Bowden Carole Ann Ormaca / Robin Greiner Barbara Wagner / Robert Paul
1957 Rochester, New York Barbara Wagner / Robert Paul Maria Jelinek / Otto Jelinek Nancy Rouillard / Ronald Ludington
1959 Toronto Barbara Wagner / Robert Paul ? ?
1961 Philadelphia Maria Jelinek / Otto Jelinek Maribel Owen / Dudley Richards Debbi Wilkes / Guy Revell
1963 Vancouver Debbi Wilkes / Guy Revell Gertrude DesJardins / Maurice LaFrance Vivian Joseph / Ronald Joseph
1965 Rochester, New York Vivian Joseph / Ronald Joseph Cynthia Kauffman / Ronald Kauffman Susan Huehnergard / Paul Huehnergard
1967 Montreal Cynthia Kauffman / Ronald Kauffman Susan Berens / Roy Wagelein Betty Jean Lewis / Richard Gilbert
1969 Oakland, California Cynthia Kauffman / Ronald Kauffman JoJo Starbuck / Ken Shelley Mary Petrie / Robert McAvoy
1971 Peterborough, Ontario JoJo Starbuck / Ken Shelley Melissa Militano / Mark Militano Sandra Bezic / Val Bezic

Ice Dance

Ice Dance Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1947 Ottawa Lois Waring / Walter Bainbridge Ann Davies / Carleton Hoffner Marcella Willis / Frank Davenport
1949 Philadelphia Lois Waring / Walter Bainbridge Irene Maguire / Walter Muehlbronner Ann Davies / Carleton Hoffner
1951 Calgary Carmel Bodel / Edward Bodel Carol Ann Peters / Daniel Ryan Pierette Paquin / Donald Tobin
1953 Cleveland Carol Ann Peters / Daniel Ryan Virginia Hoyns / Donald Jacoby Carmel Bodel / Edward Bodel
1955 Regina, Saskatchewan Carmel Bodel / Edward Bodel Joan Zamboni / Roland Junso Virginia Hoyns / William Kipp
1957 Rochester, New York Geraldine Fenton / William McLachlan Joan Zamboni / Roland Junso Sharon McKenzie / Bert Wright
1959 Toronto Geraldine Fenton / William McLachlan Andree Jacoby / Donald Jacoby Anne Martin / Edward Collins
1961 Philadelphia Virginia Thompson / William McLachlan Dona Lee Carrier / Roger Campbell Paulette Doan / Kenneth Ormsby
1963 Vancouver Paulette Doan / Kenneth Ormsby Donna Mitchell / John Mitchell Sally Schantz / Stanley Urban
1965 Rochester, New York Lorna Dyer / John Carrell Kristin Fortune / Dennis Sveum Carole Forrest / Kevin Lethbridge
1967 Montreal Lorna Dyer / John Carrell Joni Graham / Don Phillips Judy Schwomeyer / James Sladky
1969 Oakland, California Donna Taylor / Bruce Lennie Judy Schwomeyer / James Sladky Debbie Gerken / Raymond Tiedemann
1971 Peterborough, Ontario Judy Schwomeyer / James Sladky Anne Millier / Harvey Millier Mary Karen Campbell / Johnny Johns


Fours Medalists
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1923 Ottawa Elizabeth Blair, Florence Wilson, Philip H. Chrysler, C.R. Morphy ? ?
1931 Ottawa Frances Claudet, Kathleen Lopdell, Melville Rogers, Guy Owen ? Elizabeth Fisher
1933 New York City Margaret Davis, Prudence Holbrook, Melville Rogers, Guy Owen Constance Wilson-Samuel, Elizabeth Fisher, Montgomery Wilson, Hubert Sprott ?
1935 Montreal Margaret Davis, Prudence Holbrook, Melville Rogers, Guy Owen ? ?
1937 Boston Margaret Davis, Prudence Holbrook, Melville Rogers, Guy Owen Naomi Slater, Aidrie Cruikshank, Jack Hose, Donald Cruikshank ?
1939 Toronto Dorothy Caley, Hazel Caley, Ralph McCreath, Montgomery Wilson Gillian Watson, Ruth Hall, Sandy McKechnie, Donald Gilchrist Nettie Prantel, Marjorie Parker, Joseph Savage, George Boltres
1941 Philadelphia Janette Ahrens, Mary Louise Premer, Robert Uppgren, Lyman Wakefield, Jr. Therese McCarthy, Virginia Wilson, Donald Gilchrist, Michael Kirby ?
1949 Philadelphia Janet Gerhauser, Marilyn Thomsen, Marlyn Thomsen, John Nightingale Mary Kenner, Vera Smith, Peter Dunfield, Peter Firstbrook ?


  • Fours competitions were held only in the indicated years.
  • The 1943 competition was cancelled due to World War II.
  • The 1945 competition included ladies single skating only.
  • Ice dance was competed for the first time in 1947.

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