Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall made history as the first Canadian ice dancers to win an Olympic medal, capturing the bronze on home ice at Calgary 1988. Their ragtime-inspired free dance with its quick footwork and fun choreography was a showstopper.
McCall had won a national title with previous partner Marie McNeil in 1981. That summer, he teamed up with Wilson and they won the first of their seven straight national titles in 1982. Having placed eighth in their first Olympic Games at Sarajevo 1984, they moved up the rankings to finish fourth at the 1985 World Championships.
A year later they made history when they won the bronze medal at the 1986 World Championships, moving up onto the podium in the free dance after having been fourth in the first two phases of the competition. They would go on to win two more bronze medals at the world championships in 1987 and 1988 before deciding to turn professional.
They performed with Stars on Ice and other shows before McCall was diagnosed with AIDS in the spring of 1990. They continued to skate together until Wilson took a break to give birth to her first child. McCall’s health soon deteriorated, and he passed away in November 1991 of AIDS-related brain cancer. A tribute show featuring some of the world’s top skaters was held a year later and featured a short solo performance by Wilson.
Wilson and McCall were inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2003.
|1984 Sarajevo||Figure Skating||Ice Dance - Mixed||8|
|1988 Calgary||Figure Skating||Ice Dance - Mixed||Bronze|