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Figure Skater
    (August 17, 1957- )
    Born in Bristol, England, United Kingdom
    Won the gold medal in men’s singles at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics (1980)
    Head judge for ‘Dancing on Ice’ (2006-14)
    Coached the British Olympic synchronized swimming team (2012)
    Performed in West End productions of ‘Cats,’ ‘Grease,’ ‘Chicago,’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
    BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1980)
    Named a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to sport (1980)
    He began skating in second-hand girls’ skates painted black.
    He left school at sixteen to concentrate on skating.
    He starred in and directed an ‘on ice’ adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Starlight Express’ that closed halfway during its scheduled tour, having failed to attract enough of an audience (1997).
    He succeeded despite having been told that he was too tall and his feet were too big.
    He had the unusual talent of being able to spin both clockwise and counterclockwise.
    He set a world record for longest back flip on ice skates at 18 feet (1983).

Credit: C. Fishel

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