CDN FIGURE SKATING COACH, CHOREOGRAPHER ELLEN BURKA DIES, 95

Sep 13, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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One of the world’s most respected figure skating coaches and choreographers, Ellen Burka, has died.
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Skate Canada did not know or disclose the cause, announcing only that she passed Monday night.
A skating champ in the Netherlands, Burka immigrated to Canada in 1950 after surviving the Holocaust.
She’d go on to join the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club and began her successful career.
An Olympic and world coach, Burka taught many accomplished skaters, including her daughter Petra, the 1964 Olympic bronze medalist and ’65 world champ
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as well as Toller Cranston, six-time Canadian champ and 1976 Olympic bronze medalist.

Figure Skating - 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics - Men s Singles Canada s bronze medal winner Toller Cranston at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck, Austria. 09/02/1976 PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUKxBRAFigure Skating 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics Men s Singles Canada s Bronze Medal WINNER great Cranston AT The Olympic Ice Stage Innsbruck Austria 09 02 1976

Burka was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1978, became a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and then in 2013 was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
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