Ice Capades of 1942 - Megan Taylor

Ice Capades of 1942 - Megan Taylor

Skating in the 1942 Ice Capades

Megan Devenish Taylor (later Mandeville, later Ellis, October 25, 1920 – July 23, 1993) was a British figure skater competitive in the 1930s. She won the World Championships in 1938 and 1939.

She was born in Rochdale and died in Jamaica.

Taylor's father was Phil Taylor, a Speed skater. Megan and fellow Brit Cecilia Colledge participated in the 1932 Winter Olympics. They were virtually the same age--Colledge was 11 years and 74 days old, and Taylor was 11 years and 108 days. They are the youngest ever female competitors in any Olympic sport and the youngest ever competitors at the Winter Olympics. Taylor finished seventh, with Colledge following in eighth in the figure skater. Sonja Henie, the dominant figure in women's figure skating at the time, won her second Olympic gold medal here.

Taylor finished second behind Henie at the World Championships in 1934 and 1936. After Henie retired in 1936, Taylor and Colledge competed for prominence. Colledge won the Worlds in 1937, while Taylor won in 1938 and 1939. Taylor placed second behind Colledge three times at the European Championships (1937, 1938, and 1939).

After her retirement from amateur competition, Taylor toured with the Ice Capades.

Competitive highlights Edit

Event 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
Olympic Games 7th
Worlds 7th 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st
Europeans 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
British Championships 1st 1st 1st * * 2nd** 2nd 2nd

*Did not participate
**Two British Championships took place in 1937, one in March and another in December, after the competition schedule was changed so that British champions could go to international events as champions. Taylor finished 2nd behind Cecilia Colledge both times.

Further readingEdit

  • E.R. Hall & T.D. Richardson - Champions all: camera studies by E.R. Hall (Frederick Muller, 1938)
  • Richardson T.D - Modern Figure Skating (Methuen, 1938)

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