This news item in the National Post, (written by Mellisa Leong, Nov. 4, 2010) caught my attention.
Toller Cranston did it his way! His journey to become a world class skater went without the financial support of his parents.
I first started at the age of eight. I went from high school to L’École des beaux-arts. This was at the same time as skating. I was self-supporting at 16 as an artist. My parents did not help me financially. I had to pay for me, which meant every conceivable expense known to man within figure skating — certainly, it would have been $60,000.
Melissa's interesting interview with Toller can be read by clicking here.