Class of 2003: Athlete
East met West and artist met athlete when Rob from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Tracy from Port Moody, British Columbia teamed up in the summer of 1981. Both athletes had experienced success with other partners before joining forces, as Rob was the 1981 Canadian Champion and Tracy was the Junior Champion in 1980, which helped them realize that they were both driven to succeed.
Combining two very different styles and personalities, they went on to create a team that produced a supercharged on-ice chemistry. They dominated the Canadian ice dance scene for seven years, taking seven consecutive national titles from 1982-1988.
Skating with a powerful athleticism and a sense of humor that charmed both judges and audiences causing them to laugh one moment and sigh the next, they quickly became one of the top three teams in the World.
Tracy and Rob were World bronze medalists from 1986 to 1988, but their crowning moment came in winning the bronze medal at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. To this date, they remain the only Canadian ice dancers to have won an Olympic medal.
They retired following the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships and went on to entertain audiences all over North America in professional shows until Rob’s death in 1991. Tracy went on to a career as a successful television commentator.