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Phil Taylor

The figure skating history of Saskatoon is animated by two individuals who overcame serious war injuries to perform wonderful feats of skating mastery for the public. One such skater was Phil Taylor who served in the Canadian Army during World War I and returned from combat after having had a leg amputated. (Photo LH 6463 shows Phil in a formal full-length portrait.)

Scant information accompanied the 1912 photograph, but it does mention that he continued his figure skating and was considered the "best fancy skater in Saskatoon". He was successful in parlaying his athletic prowess into a career as a "show skater" despite the obstacle of having to overcome the loss of a leg. He was still performing his one-man show at the Dreamland Rink in San Francisco around 1947. He later married an Australian and moved to Australia, and thereafter kept on skating.

Text courtesy of Ruth Millar with special thanks to columnist Eric Burt who published this information about Falkner in his column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Feb.22, 1992.

Date: November 1912.

Photographer: Hillyard, Leonard A.

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