Cranston, Toller

Toller Cranston, figure skater (b at Hamilton, Ont 20 Apr 1949). A creative and controversial skater and artist, Cranston is widely known for his unique free-skating style. Although never a world champion, he gained more attention in the early 1970s than many who did win gold medals. With his highly individualistic approach, he is credited with opening men's FIGURE SKATING to a more artistic style of bodily movement. Cranston was Canadian senior men's champion from 1971 to 1976. He won the free-skate segment of the world championship 4 times and in 1976 was the bronze medallist at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck. Turning professional that year, he formed his own ice show, and toured with it for 2 years. He subsequently starred in the Ice Capades show, in several television ice shows, and in the professional competition, Pro Skate. He is now one of the most gifted and sought-after choreographers in figure skating. Cranston is also an accomplished artist and author, publishing his autobiographical Zero Tollerance in 1997. He became a member of the Order of Canada in 1976.