Louis Rubenstein


Louis Rubenstein

Louis Rubenstein (born September 23, 1861, in Montreal, Canada; died January 3,1931) was a Canadian figure skater. Rubenstein is considered the "Father of Canadian Figure Skating." [ [http://www.skatecanada.ca/en/news_views/news/2005_2006/06_apr5.cfm Skate Canada: News & Views: News ] ] [ [http://www.skatecanada.ca/en/about_skate_canada/hall_of_fame/honoured_members/1990.cfm Skate Canada: About Skate Canada: Hall of Fame: Honoured Members ] ]

Biography

In 1890, Rubenstein won the gold medal in an unofficial international championships that were one of the precursors of the World Figure Skating Championships.Fact|date=August 2007 He became the first Canadian to win international honours in the sport.Fact|date=August 2007

Rubenstein was the force behind the establishment and organization of the Amateur Skating Association of Canada, now known as Skate Canada. [ [http://www.skatecanada.ca/en/about_skate_canada/history/ Skate Canada: About Skate Canada: History ] ] He was the first president of the organization [ [http://www.skatecanada.ca/en/about_skate_canada/history/ Skate Canada: About Skate Canada: History ] ] and served until his death [ [http://www.skatecanada.ca/en/about_skate_canada/hall_of_fame/honoured_members/1990.cfm Skate Canada: About Skate Canada: Hall of Fame: Honoured Members ] ] .

He was President of the International Skating Union of America 1907-09, President of the Canadian Wheelmen's Association] for 18 years, and President of the Montréal Amateur Athletic Association 1913-15.Fact|date=August 2007 Rubenstein also had a hand in the organization of the National Amateur Skating Association of the United States; a forerunner to the United States Figure Skating Association.Fact|date=August 2007

The Montreal Star wrote in 1895 of his presidency of the Canadian Bowling Association, and called him the "Father of Bowling in Canada."Fact|date=August 2007 A tremendous bowler, he averaged 173.4 in 129 games between 1892-1900. Fact|date=August 2007

After retiring from active skating, Rubenstein also held the presidency of various Canadian organizations representing curling, bicycling, tobogganing, and lifesaving.

Rubenstein was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 [ [http://www.jewishsports.net/biopages/LouisRubenstein.htm Louis Rubenstein ] ] and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1984 [ [http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/Museum_HOF_Inductees.htm Official Site World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame ] ] .

There is a permanent memorial to Rubenstein in Montreal at Fletcher's Field at the corner of Parc and Mount Royal Avenues.Fact|date=August 2007

He was also politically active; he was an alderman for 17 years. Fact|date=August 2007

He was coached by Jackson Haines. [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-759910/Louis-Rubenstein Louis Rubenstein (Canadian athletic director) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia ] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.jewishsports.net/BioPages/LouisRubenstein.htm Jewish Sports bio]
* [http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0006997 Canadian Encyclopedia bio]
* [http://www.jewsinsports.org/Olympics.asp?sport=olympics&ID=570 Jews in Sports bio]
* [http://www.memoirs.ca/images/testimonials/louis_rubenstein_cjn.pdf "Louis Rubenstein's story recounted on film," The Canadian Jewish News, 6/3/04]


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