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Robert "Robin" Cousins (born 17 August 1957 in Bristol) is a British retired competitive figure skater. He is the 1980 Olympic Champion. He was coached by Carlo Fassi.


Skating careerEdit

From a sporting family (his father was a goalkeeper for Millwall) of Bristol, England, Robin took to figure skating very early after skating for his first time at Westover Road Ice Rink in Bournemouth and won his first national title at the age of twelve as a novice. By age fourteen, he was Britain’s junior champion, and he made his international debut that same year.

Cousins is an Olympic and European figure skating gold medalist. He finished second in the world championships in 1979 and 1980.

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

Cousins won the free skating portion of the World Championships three times, 1978 through 1980, and he reached the pinnacle of his amateur ice skating career by winning the European Figure Skating Championships gold medal, and also winning the Winter Olympic Games gold medal in Lake Placid, New York, in 1980.

He followed this with a highly successful career as a professional ice skater. He starred in such skating shows as Holiday on Ice and Ice Capades, and he was a regular in the World Professional Figure Skating Championships.

In 1983, Cousins formed his own ice-skating performance company, and it toured the world with the programs Electric Ice and Ice Majesty.

TheatreEdit

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: A Fantasy 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, playing Jack Frost in Santa Clause and the Return of Jack Frost at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton. Prior to this he played the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Media workEdit

Over several years, Cousins has been a regular guest presenter and commentator for BBC Sport, for the European and World Figure Skating Championships and the Winter Olympics.

He appeared as the head judge on the show Dancing on Ice in each series from 2006 to 2011.


Amateur competitive resultsEdit

Event 1972-73 1973-74 1974-75 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80
Winter Olympics 10th 1st
World Championships 10th 9th Withdrew 3rd 2nd 2nd
European Championships 15th 11th 11th 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st
British Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Skate Canada International 2nd 1st
NHK Trophy 1st

Professional competitive resultsEdit

1980-1989

Event/Season 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
World Professional Figure Skating Competitions 1st * 2nd * 1st 2nd 1st 4th
Challenge of Champions 1st 2nd
World Cup of Skating 1st

1990-1997

Event/Season 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
World Professional Figure Skating Competitions 2nd 3rd 2nd
Challenge of Champions 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd
World Team Championship 3rd *
Legends Championship 2nd
Canadian Pro Championship 4th

Those marked with a * were team competitions