Robin Cousins


Robin Cousins

Infobox Figure skater
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Robin Cousins (born August 17, 1957 in Bristol) is a British retired competitive figure skater. He is the 1980 Olympic Champion.

Biography

Cousins is an Olympic and European gold medalist, but he never won a World title, finishing second in 1979 and 1980.

Bristol-born Robin Cousins won his first national title aged 12 as a novice, he was junior champion at 14 and made his international debut that same year.

He represented Great Britain as an amateur skater for eight years, winning the National Senior Championships for four consecutive years.

He won the freeskating portion of the World Championships three times, 1978-1980, and sealed his amateur ice skating career by winning European Championship gold and taking the Olympic title at Lake Placid in 1980.

A highly successful career as a professional skater followed. He starred in shows such as "Holiday on Ice" and "Ice Capades", and was a regular at the World Professional Figure Skating Championships.

In 1983 he formed his own ice company, and toured the world with "Electric Ice" and "Ice Majesty".

In 2005 he was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Later life

Cousins has made the successful transfer from sport to stage, playing the Prince in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella", Munkustrap in "Cats", and Frank N Furter in "The Rocky Horror Show" in the West End.

Cousins also starred in, produced, directed, and/or choreographed many international TV ice spectaculars such as "The Nutcracker on Ice", "Sleeping Beauty on Ice", "The Wizard of Oz on Ice", "Toy Story on Ice", Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Starlight Express on Ice", "Holiday on Ice", and the movie "The Cutting Edge".

He has also made various pantomime performances, most recently playing the Prince in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Over several years, Cousins has been a regular guest presenter and commentator for BBC TV, for the European and World Figure Skating Championships and the Winter Olympics. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/winterolympics2002/hi/english/bbc_coverage/newsid_1748000/1748830.stm] BBC, Robin Cousins]

He appeared as the head judge on the show "Dancing on Ice" in January - March 2006 and again in 2007 and 2008.

Competitive highlights

References

* Martha Lowder Kimball, "Robin Cousins". ISBN 0-9662502-0-6

External links

* [http://members.aol.com/loisy/cousins/index.htm Robin Cousins official site]
* [http://www.cousinsentertainment.com/home.shtml Cousins Entertainment]

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