Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Olympic Silver Medallist and World Champion Pairs Skater Dafoe Dies at 86

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Olympic Silver Medallist and World Champion Pairs Skater Dafoe Dies at 86

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Hall of Fame pairs skater Frances Dafoe dies

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OTTAWA - Frances Dafoe, a Canadian pairs figure skater who won a world title and an Olympic silver medal, has died at age 86.

Skate Canada confirmed Dafoe in a release that Dafoe died on Friday evening.

Dafoe, a native of Toronto, teamed with partner Norris Bowden to win pairs world titles in 1954 and 1955 and Olympic silver in 1956. They were the first Canadian duo to win a pairs world championship.

They also won four Canadian pairs titles from 1952-55 and a Canadian ice dance championship in 1952.

Dafoe was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1958 and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 1993. She received the Order of Canada in 1991. …

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