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Rob McCall
(September 14, 1958 - November 15, 1991) Canada

Rob McCall

Ice dancer

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He and his partner, Tracy Wilson, were seven-time Canadian national champions (1982-1988), placed eighth at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic Games, took third place three out of seven times at the World Championships (1986-1988), won the bronze medal at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games, and were the 1988 World Professional champions. McCall died of AIDS-related complications.

The Rob McCall Centre for HIV Research at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Nova Scotia is named in his memory, as is one of the Toronto PWA Foundation's Ovation! Namesake Awards - the Rob McCall Award for Athletics, for "an athlete taking an active and/or visible role in the promotion of needs of people living with HIV/AIDS."

Rob McCallRob McCall was one of the greatest ice dancers Canada has ever produced, a gifted choreographer, and by all accounts a witty, well-loved man. With Tracy Wilson, he followed up multiple Canadian dance titles with a medal-winning freeskate to "Maple Leaf Rag" that some judges considered the strongest of the 1988 Olympics. As pros, Wilson and McCall won a World Pro title and toured with Stars on Ice.

McCall was very much part of the Canadian and international skating scene, as is obvious from fond mentions in skating books such as Stars on Ice and the autobiographies of Toller Cranston, Brian Orser, and Scott Hamilton. He and Orser were especially close (best friends from childhood but not lovers, as believed by some), and he choreographed some of Orser's best-known pro numbers.

McCall's rapid and shocking decline from AIDS has been well-documented, most touchingly in Cranston's Zero Tollerance. In his honor, Orser worked with McCall's family to hold extensive fundraisers and establish funds to further AIDS-related research. Wilson, who has had international success as a sports broadcaster, has become an AIDS activist and spokeswoman.

In his 1999 autobiography Landing It, Scott Hamilton included McCall in his discussion of gay skaters. In the absence of any challenge to the contrary, this information meets our criteria for inclusion.

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