Norris Bowden

Norris Bowden
Personal information
Country represented  Canada
Born (1926-08-13)August 13, 1926
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died April 9, 1991(1991-04-09) (aged 64)
Former partner Frances Dafoe

Robert Norris Bowden (August 13, 1926 – April 9, 1991) was a Canadian figure skater.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bowden won championships in every division of Canadian figure skating. He was national men's champion as a junior and senior (1947), national pairs (junior and senior), dance (1952), waltz, and 10-step champion with Frances Dafoe, and national fours champion.

Bowden and Dafoe captured four Canadian titles (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955) and two world championships (1954, 1955). They won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Norris and his partner were the first pair skaters to do the twist lift, throw jump, ‘leap of faith’ and overhead lasso. It was because of these two that some of the rules in pairs skating were changed.[1]

Outside skating, Bowden graduated with an MBA and worked in the life insurance industry. He was founding president of the Centennial Nursery School for Retarded Children (now the Centennial Infant and Child Centre) in Toronto.

He has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1955), the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1958), and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame (1993).


men's singles

Event 1943 1944 1946 1947
Canadian Championships 2nd J. 2nd J. 2nd 1st
  • J. = Junior level

(pairs with Frances Dafoe)

Event 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956
Winter Olympic Games 5th 2nd
World Championships 4th 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
North American Championships 1st 1st
Canadian Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st

(ice dance with Frances Dafoe)

Event 1950 1951 1952
Canadian Championships 3rd 3rd 1st


  1. ^ "Where are they now: Dafoe and Bowden". TSN. Retrieved 2010-05-22.