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Olympic medal record
Figure skating
Gold 1980 Lake Placid Men's singles
Robin Cousins
Personal information
Country represented:  United Kingdom
Date of birth: 17 August 1957 (1957-08-17) (age 52)
Former coach: Carlo Fassi
Retired: 1980

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[1].



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.

Cousins is a patron of Meningitis UK.

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: 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, most recently 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.

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.[2]

He appeared as the head judge on the show Dancing on Ice in January - March 2006 and again in 2007, 2008 and the new series of 2009.

Amateur competitive results

Event/Season 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Winter Olympics 10th 1st
World Championships 10th 9th WDR 3rd 2nd 2nd
European Championships 15th 11th 11th 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st

Professional competitive results


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


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


  1. ^ (Russian) Tarasova, T. A. (1985). "Выдающиеся тренеры". Chetyrye Vremeni Goda. Moscow: Sov. Rossia. pp. 176.  
  2. ^ [1] BBC, Robin Cousins
  • Martha Lowder Kimball, Robin Cousins. ISBN 0-9662502-0-6

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sebastian Coe
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Succeeded by
Ian Botham


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