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    Great Advice From Karen Magnussen

    Here is an article on Karen, that I found. It is advice for young skaters. Great article.

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    Karen Magnussen — Figure Skating

    If there was one piece of advice Karen Magnussen could give to young people it would be this: "Follow your heart and if there is something you want, then just pursue it. Pursue your dream, because you do not know where it will take you.’’

    Magnussen pursued her dream as a figure skater and it took her to the top of the world. The Vancouver born and raised skater captured the world championship in 1973 at Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, a feat unmatched by any Canadian woman skater since.

    That feat came despite hairline fractures in both her legs that had forced her to withdraw from the world championship in 1969. But four years later, she reached her competitive pinnacle with a golden skate in Bratislava that she later said felt as though her feet had never touched the ice.

    Magnussen began skating at age six, and was a Canadian junior champion by 1965. Between 1968 and 1973, she captured the senior national title five times.

    At the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan, she captured the hearts of the skating world with a brilliant performance, winning a silver — Canada’s only medal of those Winter Games. She also claimed a silver at the world championship that year in Calgary.

    Magnussen began coaching in Boston after retiring from skating but returned to North Vancouver to raise three children with husband Toby Cella. She has been coaching for more than 25 years and enjoys watching young athletes develop.

    Coaching has been rewarding for her because "it helps prepare people for the future and there are so many things that you want to pass on." Magnussen says coaching has allowed her to touch many lives and have the sort of ongoing connections that mean a lot.

    Giving back to the community is important to the former world champion as well. Her Karen Magnussen Foundation awards between $8,000 and $10,000 each year to skaters moving up the ladder. For these young skaters, knowing somebody cares about their development can make a huge difference.

    "The 3 Ps to success,’’ she says, "are patience, persistence and passion."


    * Order of Canada, 1973
    * B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, 1972
    * Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, 1973
    * Canadian female athlete of the year, 1971, 1972
    * 1971 world championship bronze, Lyon
    * 1972 Olympic silver, Sapporo
    * 1972 world championship silver, Calgary
    * 1973 world championship gold, Bratislava

    Karen Magnussen is one of 31 women athletes or teams selected by a respected committee of leaders in B.C. sport. They represent the power, strength and determination of women in sport in British Columbia. Their accomplishments have made them part of history – and their dreams inspire the future.

    Thanks Karen!


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    Thanks for the article. It's nice to see that she has been a part of figure skating for so long.

    Does she coach any senior level skaters?

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    Yes, she does. One of her pupils made it to the Canadians, but had to pull out due to health problems. I wish Karen could find another "protoge" we need another lady skater the calibre of Karen.


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