Let’s go back to the ’80s with VCRs and 30 television channels for this week’s Sault Legend.
Pamela Gianguala, competed in that time quite successfully winning a handful of great finishes.
Her accomplishments include:
- 1983 Novice Ladies Championship of Canada – Second
- 1985 Sugar Citerium Tours, France – Fifth
- 1986 Junior Ladies Championship of Canada – First
- 1986 Grand Prix St. Gervais, France – Second
- 1986 Nebelhorn Trophy Oberstdorf – Fifth
- 1986 Skate America Portland, Maine USA – Eighth
- Moscow Skate Russia – Fourth
And when you might have thought you wouldn’t see her again on the international stage, she started competition again, this time as an adult. Here she talks about her comeback and retirement:
“I first retired from amateur competitive skating in the summer of 1989, after I competed as a senior at the 1989 Canadian national championships. That championship was the last time figures were skated and judged at a national event in Canada. I competed at nationals from 1982 to 1989, and then again in 2002. My first adult competition was the 2007 International Skating Union adult event in Obertsdorf, Germany, and I’ve been an adult synchro skater since 2011,” she said in an interview.
Pam began skating at the age of two and quickly realized her passion and enthusiasm for figure skating.
She was a student at Lakeway Collegiate in Sault Ste. Marie and she worked exceptionally hard keeping up with her schoolwork while pursuing a figure skating career at the Sault Figure Skating Club.
Pam was known for her power and natural spinning rotation, putting her among the top of the “trick list” in Canadian woman’s skating.
“At the young age of 16, she was considered one of Northern Ontario’s finest skaters,” says her induction tagline in the Sault Sports Hall of Fame.
Since then Pamela has done tremendous things in the skating world:
- 2007 2nd Masters Elite Ladies II Free Skate, ISU International Adult Championships
- 2008 1st Gold Interpretive Group D, Skate Canada Adult Championships
- 2008 1st Masters & Gold Ladies II Artistic, ISU International Adult Championships
- 2015 1st Adult SYS III Synchro with Glacier’s Harmony on Ice, Ice Fest
- 2015 5th at Inaugural World Figure Championship in Lake Placid (1st in two of four rounds)
- 2015 World Figure Hall of Fame Inductee
- 2016 2nd Adult SYS III Synchro with Glacier’s Harmony on Ice, Rose Bowl
- 2017 2nd Adult SYS III Synchro with Glacier’s Harmony on Ice, Rose Bowl
She is now the director of the Glacier School of Skating.