Magnussen, Karen Diane

 Karen Diane Magnussen, figure skater (b at North Vancouver 4 Apr 1952). An accomplished free-skating performer, Magnussen won the women's title at the Canadian championships in 1968. In 1969 she withdrew from world competition because of stress fractures in both legs, but recovered in 1970 to recapture the Canadian title, which she held until 1973. She won silver medals in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics and world championships. In 1973, when free skating - Magnussen's strength - was given a larger percentage of the total marks, she won the world championship in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, with a brilliant performance. She received the Velma Springstead Trophy as Canada's outstanding woman athlete 1971-73 and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1973. Magnussen coaches figure skating and owns her own skating school. She was an adviser for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, and in 2010 she carried the Olympic torch on one of its final legs in Vancouver en route to the opening ceremonies..