Sandra Bezic
Full nameSandra Marie Bezic
Born (1956-04-06) April 6, 1956 (age 67)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Figure skating career
Country Canada
Skating clubTCS & CC
Official Website
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Pairs' Figure skating
North American Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Peterborough Pairs

Sandra Marie Bezic (born April 6, 1956) is a Canadian pair skater, figure skating choreographer, producer, and television commentator. With her brother Val Bezic, she won the Canadian Figure Skating Championships from 1970 to 1974 and placed ninth at the 1972 Winter Olympics. Skate Canada announced on July 14, 2010, that she will be inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the professional category

Early life

Bezic was born in Toronto, Ontario, on April 6, 1956. She is of Croatian descent. She is the younger sister of Val Bezic who was her skating partner.

Skating career

Bezic competed in Canadian national competitions and international competitions from 1967 to 1975. In 1975, during training for the 1976 Olympics, she tore her ankle ligaments and had to forgo the 1976 Olympics. She turned professional in 1976.

Bezic served as a commentator for NBC during the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014 Olympic games, the World Figure Skating Championships during the early 1990s, and numerous other skating events broadcast by NBC and CBC over the years.

For several years Bezic was the director, co-producer, and choreographer for Stars on Ice, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2003.[1] She has also choreographed for several television figure skating specials including Canvas of Ice, Carmen on Ice, and You Must Remember This.

Bezic is the author of The Passion to Skate (ISBN 1-57036-375-7), (ISBN 0-83626452-5). She also served as a judge on the CBC television program Battle of the Blades in each season.

She is credited as Marlon Brando's skating coach in The Freshman (1990) and appears with him in the skating rink scene.

As a choreographer

Bezic choreographed the competitive programs skated by many Olympic and World champions, including:

Competition results

Pair skating with Val Bezic:[14]

International
Event 68–69 69–70 70–71 71–72 72–73 73–74
Olympics 9th
Worlds 14th 9th 8th 6th 5th
International St. Gervais 1st
North American Champ. 5th 3rd
National
Canadian Champ. 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st

Literature

References

  1. ^ CBC. "Bio – Sandra Bezic". CBC News. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
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  6. ^ Smith, Beverly. "Chinese skaters turn to Bezic for guidance". The Globe Mail. The Globe Mail. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  7. ^ a b "'There is no secret to success, you have got to prepare.' Sandra Bezic – Olympic athletes interviewed Episode 99". Christian Bosse. Christian Bosse. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  8. ^ Smith, Beverly. "Japanese skating in honour of their homeland". The Globe Mail. The Globe Mail. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  9. ^ "Jeremy Abbott: 2014/15". International Skating Union. International Skating Union. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  10. ^ "Nostalgia – and a promise. The promise we'll keep Javier Fernández in our hearts". Inside Skating. Inside Skating. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  11. ^ "Lindsay THORNGREN: 2023/2024". International Skating Union. International Skating Union. Retrieved 2023-08-16.
  12. ^ Wilson, David. "Yelim Kim: 2023/24 Free Program". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  13. ^ Mimar, Benjamin. "New Short Program: 2023/24". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  14. ^ "Sports Reference profile – Sandra Bezic". Archived from the original on 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2010-02-16.