While our entire country basks in the glory of our athletes’ tremendous performances thus far, we thought we would share some CDS connections to this and past Olympics. Four years ago at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, three-time Canadian National bronze medalists, Alexandra Paul ’09, and her partner Mitch Islam, performed beautifully in their Olympic debut in the category of Ice Dance. Another former CDS Olympian, Elvis Stojko ’91, is a three-time World champion, competed in three Winter Olympics, debuting in Albertville, 1992, two-time Olympic Silver medalist in Lillehammer, 1994 and Nagano, 1998, and seven-time Canadian champion.
Those of us who have been watching the incredible performances by our Canadian figure skating team, pairs and individuals this past week in Pyeongchang, have surely seen the post-performance interviews conducted by CDS past parent and former Olympian, Paul Martini. Paul was a Canadian pair skater, who with his skating partner Barbara Underhill, was the 1979-1983 Canadian national champion, the 1984 World champion, and the 1978 World Junior champion. Paul and Barbara represented Canada in Lake Placid, 1980 and Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics.
Along with the many connections to figure skating, King also has a long history of highly accomplished equestrians, including our Co-founder Moffat Dunlap, and former CDS parents and grandparents who either served important roles for the Canadian Equestrian Team or competed in the Summer Olympic Equestrian events, including Mac Cone who won Silver as part of the Canadian Equestrian Team in Beijing, 2008; and Brian Herbinson and Jim Elder who won Bronze as part of the Canadian Equestrian Team in Stockholm in 1956.
Past CDS parents who competed in other events include William (Bill) Gairdner who competed in the Men’s 400m Hurdles and Decathlon in Tokyo, 1964; Janet Nutter who qualified for the Canadian Diving team in Moscow, 1980; Curtis Joseph who was on Canada’s Men’s Hockey team in Nagano, 1998 and Chris Rudge who served as CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.