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Nicholas Mark "Nicky" Slater (born 6 April 1958 in Liverpool) is a former competitive British ice dancer.


Early lifeEdit

Slater attended North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham.

Skating careerEdit

With partner Kathryn Winter, he is the 1976 World Junior Champion. Following that partnership, he teamed up with Karen Barber. They are the 1983 European bronze medalists. They represented Great Britain at the 1980 Winter Olympics, placing 12th, and at the 1984 Winter Olympics, where they placed 6th. They were British Ice Dance Champions in 1985.

Post-competitive careerEdit

Slater has produced ice events his first being Sport Aid at the NEC in 1986 in aid of the Band Aid Trust. He conceived and produced Skate-along a national skating fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Trust launched on Blue Peter and ran Ice Gala Tours in the UK to benefit Cystic Fibrosis and as independent productions. He has produced ice spectaculars in the US working in partnership with Robin Cousins. Together the pair produced:

  • Improv-Ice for USA Networks (3)
  • The Starskates Series (8) for NBC
  • Skaters Tribute to shows for ESPN (2)


In 2005 he produced and starred in The Finding a Wife Tour a UK theatre show, in 2008 he created and starred in Ice Times and toured UK theatres skating with Louise Owen and Charlotte Aitken.

Slater has also contributed to Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association's City Ice Skate events.

Media workEdit

Following his retirement from competitive skating, Slater has worked as an 'in vision' expert and commentator on ice skating for ITV and Channel 4, and as a commentator on Star, HDTV and on British Eurosport where he has also anchored. He has featured in television specials as a guest. He has been the Surprise on Surprise, Surprise, and guested as a skater on various UK shows. He appeared as a judge on TV skating show Dancing on Ice.He was axed from the 2011 series.

Personal lifeEdit

Slater is married to Christiane, and has a son born in February 2008.

Competitive highlightsEdit

(with Barber)

Event 1978-79 1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85
Olympic Winter Games 12th 6th
World Championships 13th 10th 7th 7th 5th 5th 6th
European Championships 11th 8th 5th 5th 3rd 4th 4th
British Championships 2nd 2nd 1st
NHK Trophy 2nd 1st 1st
Skate America 3rd
Skate Canada International 2nd 2nd

(with Winter)

Event 1975-1976
World Junior Championships 1st