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Catalog Number 2013.55.76
Object Name Video
Title Petra Burka
Scope & Content Petra Burka:
1 of 2; 00:02Childhood: mother Ellen Burka was the Dutch champion, brought her and her sister to the rink, age 7, where she was coaching
00:43Taught herself how to do a double axel by watching the other athletes
01:33Did you prefer jumping over school figures: figures took a lot of time, as she progressed into the competitive end she started not liking them because they were restrictive, by the end she was winning the figures at the Worlds and began to look at them as a piece of art, something to create, almost a meditative thing, goal was to make them as beautiful as possible, jumping a natural thing for her, had to have figures match up on the jumping and then they all came together
02:38On Donald Jackson: trained with him, he was a few years older, he was doing a triple lutz and she wanted to do triples also, so that is how she started her triples, at that time triples not considered lady-like, double axels were considered the limit and she would put several in her programme, the triple came along when she needed to win the Canadian title so she worked on the triple salchow which no other woman had done before
04:06Jumping was easy, wanted to jumper than the others, was consistent
04:41World Championships 1962: her first Worlds, it was phenomenal to finish 4th, talks about doing figure and getting top marks, talks about practise session that turned into an exhibit for the Czech fans who had come to watch her because her father was Czech
06:07On winning the national title in 1964: talks about the many jumps she did and her figures getting stronger, won the women's title and was named to the Olympic team, such an honour, talks about Innsbruck; she competed for the joy of competition and winning, no money like today; loved being in the Village, first time away from her coach mother; talks about the unexpected exhibit skate she had to do
2 of 2; 00:05On the long programme: knew she was going to win a medal, always had to know what the other skaters that preceded her had done, "I was one of those people who had to be better"
00:34On standing on the podium: found a picture of herself on the podium; felt very proud, first time she realized she was competing for a country when the flag went up, hit her that year that it was for her country that she had won the medal
01:31She remembers very little on the programme, the bigger memories are the ride in the police car to the skating exhibit and living in the Village, she remembers doing her figures with her mother as her coach and standing on the podium
02:05On the Bronze at the 1964 Worlds: remembers that skate, all the elements came together, a combination of the rink, the environment, where she was at in her training, feels it is one of the best skates she ever did
02:40Was there a competitor she singled out: she knew what she wanted, her mother encouraged her when she was down to imagine where she wanted to end up and everything else was a learning curve to put you there
03:15On her mother as her coach: "I made rules and my rule with my mother was we couldn't talk skating at home"; got along very well with her and they are still close today, she respects everything she knows about figure skating
04:35On winning the Bobby Rosenfeld trophy: very flattering, proud to win it, considers it a launching pad towards the following year when she won the Worlds
06:36What would you like your legacy to be in Canadian figure skating: I was the launch pad for triple jumps, the first woman to land a triple jump in competition; now works with Skate Canada at a national coach consultant, monitors and mentors young athletes who are developing towards the high levels, team lead, there to help them through the beginnings of their careers, use my experience from competition, as the ups and down because there are a lot of downs as well as the ups and help guide them to the next level

Year Range from 1956
Year Range to 1969
Subjects figure skating
Bronze Medal
1964 Olympic Winter Games Innsbruck
Gold Medal
World Championships
triple salchow
Search Terms competitive
team player