Petra Burka is the 1965 World Figure Skating Champion, 1964 Olympic bronze medalist and the first woman to complete a triple Salchow in competition.
Osborne Colson advised Petra’s mother, the legendary Ellen Burka, that she should take a look at her daughter’s talent. Petra started skating lessons at the age of 10 and her talent and work ethic propelled her to the top of the podium. In addition to her skating triumphs, Petra won Canada’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1964 and was named twice as Canada’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1964 and 1965. She was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1965 and Skate Canada’s Hall of Fame in 1997.
Petra worked in the film and television industry for 15 years but couldn’t stay away from skating, returning to coaching in 1999. She also works as a skating consultant and team leader for Skate Canada.
Pj was excited to talk with Petra about her career, her many successes and about her role as a team leader.