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Figure Skating

Another World Figure Skating Championship in London

On December 10th, 1980, Governor-General Ed Shreyer and his wife, Lily, opened the 1981 World Junior Figure Skating Championships at The University of Western Ontario's Thompson Arena.


World Famous Figure Skater Performs in London in 1864

Almost 150 years ago on February 9, 1864, Jackson Haines (1840-1975) of New York performed at the London Skating Rink.  His repertoire included the clog hornpipe, the double cross back roll, the double grape vine twist and the sewing stitch.  Haines, the father of modern figure skating, is credited with inventing the sit spin and was the first skater to perform to musical accompaniment.