Toller Cranston

Figure Skater
Born Apr 20, 1949

Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston, CM 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. Although, because of poor compulsory figures, he never won a world level competition, he won the small medal for free skating at the 1972, 1974, and 1975 World Figure Skating Championships.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Toller Cranston.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Toller Cranston.


1949 Birth Cranston was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1949 and grew up in Kirkland Lake. … Read More


1964 15 Years Old …  After eight weeks in a cast, he resumed training, and won the 1964 Canadian Junior Championship the next month. … Read More
1968 19 Years Old After failing to make the Canadian team for the 1968 Winter Olympics, Cranston struggled with motivation and lack of training discipline. … Read More


1969 20 Years Old Burka required him to do complete run-throughs of his entire program and his results began to improve: third at the Canadian championships in 1969, and second in 1970. … Read More
1971 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He won the 1971–1976 Canadian national championships, the 1974 World bronze medal and the 1976 Olympic bronze medal.
Despite never winning at the World Figure Skating Championships due to his poor compulsory figures, he won the small medal for free skating at the 1972 and 1974 championships. … Read More
1974 25 Years Old He won that same medal again at the 1974 World Figure Skating Championships in addition to winning the overall bronze medal.
1976 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Toller Cranston also was the 1976 Olympic bronze medalist, again winning the free-skate medal.
1977 28 Years Old …  He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1977 and received a Special Olympic Order from the Canadian Olympic Association in 1995. … Read More


1980 31 Years Old During this period Cranston was a regular on the Canadian variety TV show Stars on Ice, and appeared in the similar NBC series The Big Show in 1980. … Read More
1983 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983 he portrayed the character of Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet on Ice", a production starring Brian Pockar and Dorothy Hamill as the title characters. … Read More
1986 37 Years Old In 1986, he was one of the cast members of the original IMG-produced American Stars on Ice tour (no relation to the earlier Canadian TV series of the same name), and appeared with the show for the next several years. … Read More


1990 41 Years Old In the summer of 1990, Cranston agreed to coach American skater Christopher Bowman, who moved into Cranston's home in Toronto. … Read More
1991 42 Years Old Having lost the ability to tolerate Bowman's behavior any longer Cranston finally threw him out in the fall of 1991. … Read More
1994 45 Years Old Cranston continued to perform in Canada with Stars on Ice and IMG's smaller-city tour, Skate the Nation, for the next few years. However, in the fall of 1994, he broke his leg while practicing for a holiday show in Vail, Colorado.
1997 48 Years Old Although he made a few skating appearances afterwards, in 1997 he decided to retire from professional skating before (as he described it) he became a parody of himself. … Read More


2010 61 Years Old In 2010, Cranston came back to skating for a short time as a guest judge for Battle of the Blades, a figure skating reality competition show on CBC Television.
2013 64 Years Old In 2013, he was appointed as the Official Artist of Skate Canada and produced the signature poster for the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario.
2015 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Cranston was found dead at his residence from an apparent heart attack on the morning of January 24, 2015, aged 65.
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.