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Toller Cranston's Birthday Today!
Toller Cranston's birthday is today. He was born April 20th, 1949. Another gifted (and controversial) skater who changed men's skating and brought figure skating to another level. I loved watching Toller skate. He did the best Russian Split jump I have ever seen.
This is from a Brian Orser special:
This is one of his early SP programs from 1975 at a Skate Canada competition:
Toller looked like a male ballet dancer when he skated. He brought a flair to everything he did and made foot work look like an art. My favorite Toller exhibition skate is "Too Beautiful To Last" - I did not see it here. Simply an amazing skater.
I agree about Toller. He was a wonderful artistic presence but didn't neglect technical precision either. His weakness seems to have been school figures. The year he and John Curry competed in the Olympics was the first time I watched the Olympics, and they were each magnificent in a different way. I always think of them as Apollo (Curry) and Dionysus (Cranston). He was a wonderful Tybalt in the Romeo and Juliet (to Prokofiev's music) done on TV in I think the eighties.
Happy birthday, Toller! The year 1949 was a great one for skaters: Toller, John Curry, and Irina Rodnina were all born that year.
Didn't this guy have some sort of collaboration with the London Symphony to play the old figure skating warhouse songs? What happened to that? Or was it someone else ...?
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