Steven Cousins

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Steven Cousins
Steven Cousins.jpg
Steven Cousins performs in 2004.
Personal information
Country representedGreat Britain
Born(1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 41)
Chester, England
Former coachDoug Leigh
Donna Gately
Former training locationsBarrie, Ontario
Deeside
Began skating1978/1979
Retired1998
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Steven Cousins
Steven Cousins.jpg
Steven Cousins performs in 2004.
Personal information
Country representedGreat Britain
Born(1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 41)
Chester, England
Former coachDoug Leigh
Donna Gately
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 is the youngest skater to win the British National Championships.[1] 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.[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.[1] He retired from eligible competition in 1998 but continued to skate in shows, including touring with Stars on Ice until 2007.

Cousins has worked as a choreographer. In May 2010, he joined the International Skating School at Planet Ice, Coventry, and Silver Blades, Altrincham.[1] He is the event manager for the 2012–13 Disson skating shows.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2003, Cousins married Canadian ice dancer Kristina Lenko, but the couple formally separated in the summer of 2006 and subsequently divorced.

With former wife Elena Berezhnaya,[1] 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.[3]

Cousins has a home in Chester but lives more than half the year in Ontario, Canada.[3] In August 2013, he received a 20-month driving ban for drunk driving in Blackpool – a breath test indicated 89 microgrammes of alcohol.[3]

Competitive highlights[edit]

International
Event1989–901990–911991–921992–931993–941994–951995–961996–971997–98
Olympics12th9th6th
Worlds18th16th16th18th10th8th15th11th7th
Europeans15th8th7th9th11th8th4th11th6th
CS Skate America12th7th
CS Skate Canada5th3rd5th4th
CS GP Int. Paris7th
CS Cup of Russia8th
CS NHK Trophy5th
CS Nations Cup8th6th9t
Piruetten10th
National
British Champ.1st1st1st1st1st1st1st2nd1st
Events marked CS became part of the
Champions Series (Grand Prix) in 1995.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Brodie, Rob (20 October 2012). "New Moves for Steven Cousins". IFS Magazine. 
  3. ^ a b c "Road ban for drink-driving Olympic skater". Blackpool Gazette. 10 August 2013.