Born: April 20, 1949
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario
Toller Cranston was a natural skater from age six.
He was one of the most influential skaters of the past five decades.
He brought artistic movements into his skating that were based on free expression.
Cranston's style and input literally revolutionized men's figure skating.
His fans and fellow skaters found Toller Cranston to be a demanding and sometimes surly athlete.
He won the world championship four times in men's free skating.
Cranston also perfected his art skills and is now renowned as a painter and illustrator.
He has appeared in nearly every modern skating ice show at one time or another.
Unfortunately, Toller Cranston never captured a gold medal in the Olympics but did win six Canadian championships.
His weakness was in compulsory figures, which have since been dropped in skating competitions.
Today, in addition to his work as a figure skating choreographer, Toller Cranston has become an accomplished artist.
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