Steven Cousins

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Steven Cousins
Steven Cousins.jpg
Steven Cousins performs in 2004.
Personal information
Country representedGreat Britain
Born(1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 42)
Chester, England
Former coachDoug Leigh, Donna Gately, Stephen Pickavance, Karen Barber
Former training locationsBarrie, Ontario
Deeside
Began skating1978/1979
Retired1998
 
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Steven Cousins
Steven Cousins.jpg
Steven Cousins performs in 2004.
Personal information
Country representedGreat Britain
Born(1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 42)
Chester, England
Former coachDoug Leigh, Donna Gately, Stephen Pickavance, Karen Barber
Former training locationsBarrie, Ontario
Deeside
Began skating1978/1979
Retired1998

Steven Cousins (born 24 May 1972) is a British figure skater. He is the 1993 Skate Canada International bronze medalist and an eight-time British national champion. He finished as high as 6th at the Olympics (1998), 7th at the World Championships (1998), and 4th at the European Championships (1996).

Career[edit]

Cousins began skating at age six, spurred on by sibling rivalry with his elder brother.[1] He is the youngest skater to win the British National Championships.[2] He trained with Donna Gately at Deeside Ice Rink in the United Kingdom and then moved to the United States where he spent a number of years. In 1993, he moved to Canada and was coached by Doug Leigh at the Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie, Ontario.[2] He also worked with Stephen Pickavance and Karen Barber in the UK.[1]

Cousins competed at three Winter Olympics, nine World Championships, and nine European Championships during his career. He became the first Briton to land a triple axel in competition at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.[2] He was the British national champion for seven consecutive years before his streak was interrupted by Neil Wilson in the 1996–97 season.[3] Cousins finished higher at the 1997 European Championships and was sent to the 1997 World Championships. He reclaimed his national title in the 1997–98 season and went on to compete at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where he placed sixth.

Cousins retired from eligible competition in 1998 but continued to skate in shows, including touring with Stars on Ice until 2007. He has worked as a choreographer. In May 2010, he joined the International Skating School at Planet Ice, Coventry, and Silver Blades, Altrincham.[2] He is the event manager for the 2012–13 Disson skating shows.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Cousins married Canadian ice dancer Kristina Lenko in June 2003. They formally separated in the summer of 2006 and subsequently divorced. With former wife Elena Berezhnaya,[2] he has two children, a son Trystan, born on 6 October 2007, and daughter Sofia Diana, born on 21 June 2009. The couple's separation was confirmed in August 2013.[5]

Cousins has a home in Chester but lives more than half the year in Ontario, Canada.[5] In August 2013, he received a 20-month driving ban for drunk driving in Blackpool — a breath test indicated 89 microgrammes of alcohol.[5]

Programs[edit]

SeasonShort programFree skating
1997–1998
1996–1997
1995–1996
1994–1995
1993–1994
[1]
1992–1993
1991–1992

Competitive highlights[edit]

International
Event1989–901990–911991–921992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–98
Olympics12th9th6th
Worlds18th16th16th18th10th8th15th11th7th
Europeans15th8th7th9th11th8th4th11th6th
CS Skate America12th7th
CS Skate Canada5th3rd5th4th
CS Int. de Paris7th
CS Cup of Russia8th
CS NHK Trophy5th
CS Nations Cup8th6th9th
Piruetten10th
National
British Champ.1st1st1st1st1st1st1st2nd1st
Events marked CS became part of the
Champions Series (Grand Prix) in 1995.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c O'Hagan, Simon (12 December 1993). "Ice Skating: Cousins adds fire to the ice". Independent.co.uk. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Steven Cousins 8 Times British Champion Joins ISS and Ice Act". National Ice Skating Association. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Burton, Mark (16 November 1996). "Ice Skating: Hard acts for Cousins to follow". Independent.co.uk. 
  4. ^ Brodie, Rob (20 October 2012). "New Moves for Steven Cousins". IFS Magazine. 
  5. ^ a b c "Road ban for drink-driving Olympic skater". Blackpool Gazette. 10 August 2013.