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The March 22 1924 edition of the Toronto Globe contained a photograph of Elizabeth Blair and John Machado, who were the reigning Canadian pair skating champions.

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The Canadian Figure Skating Championships Wikipedia page has a complete list of winners. Besides being the male half of the pair champions, John Machado also won the Canadian men’s figure skating championship in 1924. At the time, it wasn’t that unusual for the men’s winner to also be the male half of the pairs winner; before World War II, Melville Rogers, Montgomery Watson, and Ralph McCreath held both titles at least once. The last Canadian man to accomplish this feat was Wallace Diestelmeyer in 1948.

Both Mr. Machado and Ms. Blair had been champions before joining forces in 1924. Mr. Machado won silver in the Canadian men’s championship in 1921, 1923, and 1925, and won bronze in 1922. Ms. Blair was part of the team that won the fours championship in 1922, 1923, and 1924. (After the war, the fours competition was held irregularly between 1951 and 1965, and was revived in 1982 before being discontinued for good in 1997.)

Mr. Machado and Ms. Blair married shortly after this photograph was taken, and continued to perform in the pairs championship. They never won again, but they earned a silver medal in 1925 and a bronze medal in 1927.

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