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Episode Fourteen: Mrs. Ellen Burka Part One

burkapicAt age 92, Ellen Burka has reached the very height of success as a figure skating coach. Dutch national champion in 1946 and 1947, Mrs. Burka immigrated to Canada in 1950. She produced twenty-six Canadian medalists at the Olympic and world level. In 1978, Mrs. Burka received the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1992. Mrs. Burka shares her early childhood memories, her incredible story of surviving a concentration camp in World War II, talks about changing the face of skating with her student Toller Cranston and goes through details of her enormously successful career in Canada. This was an insightful interview for Paul and it was an honour for him to spend this time with Mrs. Burka, a gracious host and fearless in sharing her profound experiences. This is the first part of the interview and stay tuned for something new with the upcoming second part.

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4 Comments to "Episode Fourteen: Mrs. Ellen Burka Part One"

  1. Mary Lou says:

    Awesome! and multiply that by as far as you can count!

    • Mary Lou says:

      Wonderful! Interesting!Educational!You can’t count high enough to ever rate this story.It is
      great and Ellen is a gem!

  2. Gail Duffy says:

    This was such a compelling and interesting interview.

  3. Carol Hopper says:

    What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing this.

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