Robin Cousins (born August 17, 1957 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England) is an English figure skater who won an Olympic gold medal at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York, U.S. by combining physical leaping talents with an uncommon aptitude for aesthetic effect. He is also known for his acrobatic performances.
Cousins learned to skate when he was four years old. He began working with a coach at the age of six and competed as a junior national champion by seven. At the 1978 World Junior Championships in Vienna, Austria, he became the first British man to win a world title when he took first place. A few months later, at the 1979 European Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, he repeated this success by winning the silver medal behind Norway's Ludger Völler.
At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, U.S., Cousins performed three programs during the men's event: "The Wizard" by John Napier, "Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky, and "Les Bacs de Mer" ("The Seagulls' Ballads") by Jacques Prévert. The last-named piece was particularly famous because it was used as the soundtrack for the film Les Bacs à Moi. Of all his programs, "Les Bacs de Mer" was considered by many to be his best.
Olympic gold medalist Robin Cousins has been named President of British Ice Skating (BIS) after being voted vice-chair. The 63-year-old, who won gold in men's figure skating at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, will now serve a four-year suspension. His punishment was decided by the BIS following a vote last month.
Cousins is the most successful male skater in Olympic history with five gold medals and one bronze. He remains the only man to have achieved a perfect score of 100 at an Olympic Games.
Cousins said: "I am very proud to be elected as President of British Ice Skating. It has been an amazing journey so far and I look forward to continuing to lead the team into the future."
He began his career at age 14 when he joined the Birmingham Skaters Club and went on to win three European titles, two World Championships medals and the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. After retiring from competition in 1984, he became technical director for BIS before being made general manager in 2001. He was promoted to president a year later.
Cousins is the second former Olympic champion to become president after David Buick took over from Jan O'Brien at the end of 2009. Before joining BIS, Cousins worked as a coach at the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey club where he still lives today.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she earned a gold medal in individual jumping and a silver medal in team jumping. He began riding at an early age and was instructed by Diane Dubuc, a well-known riding teacher. During the 2008 Olympics, he only let one rail fall, which was a remarkable feat. He was born in the city of Montreal, Quebec. His family moved to Westmount when he was young so that he could play hockey in the winter and go surfing in the summer.
He started riding horses at the age of four under the supervision of his father. He took up show jumping during high school and became one of the best riders in Canada. In 2004, he won the Canadian National Show Jumping Championship.
After graduating from high school, he went to Europe where he competed in international events against top riders such as Steve Guerin, Jean-Pierre Velazquez, and Olivier Schmitt. In 2007, he returned home and became the first Canadian to win the Grand Prix of Calgary. That same year, he won the Canadian Olympic Festival and was selected to compete at the Beijing Olympics together with Alex De Groef.
At the Beijing Olympics, he won a gold medal in individual jumping and a silver medal in team jumping. After the competition, he announced that he would like to continue riding in order to achieve more success at world level.
He lives in Westmount with his wife and two children.
Elvis Stojko (born March 22, 1972 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian figure skater who has won three world championships (1994, 1995, and 1997) as well as two Olympic silver medals (1994 and 1998). He is also the only male skater to have won the World title while representing two different countries. Stojko currently lives in Toronto, where he coaches at North York Skating Club.
He won his first World title in 1994, when he was only 16 years old. The following year, he became the first man to win back-to-back titles since John Curry in 1956 and 1957. In 1997, Stojko added a third world title to his resume. He is the youngest person ever to win three world titles.
Stojko's first Olympics appearance came in Lillehammer, Norway in 1992. There, he finished seventh as a rookie. Four years later in Nagano, Japan, Stojko returned as a two-time world champion. This time, he won the silver medal behind American Evan Boucher by a margin of 4 points.
Stojko announced his retirement from competition on March 15, 2000. He said that he wanted to "focus on my career as a coach".