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Czech and Slovak Immigration to Alberta

Michael and Renata Jiranek

Michael and Renata Jiranek were among the refugees from Czechoslovakia after the Soviet invasion in 1968. Michael and Renata met at a ballroom dance competition in Munich, although, in Czechoslovakia, Michael was studying engineering. The Jiraneks settled near Red Deer Lake, in central Alberta, where they raised cattle. They also began to coach figure skating, forming a formidable team. He would work on technical precision while she would coach artistic interpretation. The Jiraneks coach at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton and have coached such great figure skaters as Kurt Browning, the four-time world champion.

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