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Wallace Diestelmeyer

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Wallace Distelmeyer
Suzanne Morrow and Wally Diestelmeyer in 1948
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born(1926-07-14)July 14, 1926
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
DiedDecember 23, 1999(1999-12-23) (aged 73)
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Former partnerSuzanne Morrow
Skating clubToronto Skating Club

Wallace William "Wally" Diestelmeyer (July 14, 1926 – December 23, 1999) was a Canadian figure skater. He competed in pair skating with Suzanne Morrow. The couple won the bronze medal at the 1948 Winter Olympics and the 1948 World Figure Skating Championships. They are credited as being the first pair to perform the death spiral one-handed, with the man holding the woman in position with one hand, at the 1948 Olympic Games.[1]

After retiring from competitions Distelmeyer worked as a skating coach. In 1992 he was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame, together with Morrow.[2]


Men's singles

Event 1947 1948
Winter Olympics 12th
World Championships 9th
North American Championships 3rd
Canadian Championships 2nd 1st

Pairs with Suzanne Morrow

Event 1947 1948
Winter Olympics 3rd
World Championships 3rd
North American Championships 1st
Canadian Championships 1st 1st

with Joyce Perkins

Event 1946
Canadian Championships 1st

with Floraine Ducharme

Event 1942
Canadian Championships 2nd

Ice dance with Suzanne Morrow

Event 1948
Canadian Championships 1st


  1. ^ "Canadian Pair Break Figure Skating's Mould with 'Death Spiral'". Olympic.com. 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ Wallace Diestelmeyer. sports-reference.com
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