Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland - Ice Dance
Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland have skated together since 2005. They have won three consecutive British national ice dance titles and competed in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. They finished in 5th place at the 2013 European Figure Skating Championships and train most of the time in the USA. Buckland's grandfather was a British speed skating champion and his grandmother skated in ice shows. His brother is also a competitive figure skater. Phillip Askew, Coomes’ stepfather, was also an ice dancer and won the British ice dance title in 1996 and 1997.
Stacey Kemp and David King - Pairs
Jenna McCorkell - Ladies
Jenna McCorkell has won the British national figure skating title eleven times. She won in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. She competed in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and is married to Belgian national figure skating champion Kevin van der Perren.
Matthew Parr - Olympic Team Trophy Event Only
Matthew Parr won the British men's figure skating title in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014. He will only be taking part in the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating Team Trophy event since Great Britain did not earn a spot for an individual male skater to compete in Sochi.
More About British Figure Skating
- King James II introduced ice skating to the British aristocracy in the late 1600s.
- The first book that gave instruction on how to ice skate was written by a British artillery lieutenant, Robert Jones, in 1742.
- The first mechanically refrigerated artificial ice rink was built in 1876 in Chelsea, London, England.
- The first Olympic figure skating events were part of the 1908 Summer Olympics which was held in London, England. Events for both men and women took place at that Olympics.
- British figure skater, Madge Syers, was the first Olympic ladies figure skating champion and she won her title at that 1908 Summer Olympics.
- British figure skating champion and 1936 Olympic silver medalist, Cecilia Colledge, is known to be the first skater to perform the camel spin and double jumps and is considered the inventor of the layback spin.
- British figure skater John Curry, the 1976 Olympic figure skating champion, is known for bringing ballet to the ice.
- British figure skating champion Robin Cousins not only won Olympic gold in Lake Placid in 1980, but went on to produce and direct his own ice skating shows,
- In 1984, British ice dancers, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, won the Winter Olympics. They performed a free dance program to Ravel's Bolero and received nine perfect 6.0 scores. Ice dancing changed after Torvill and Dean's win.