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|Full name||Nicholas Mark Slater|
|Alternative names||Nicky Slater|
|Country represented||United Kingdom|
6 April 1958 |
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Former partner||Karen Barber
|Former coach||Joan Slater
|Skating club||Richmond Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club|
Nicholas Mark Slater (born 6 April 1958) is a former competitive English ice dancer, best known for winning a bronze medal at the 1983 European and competing at two Olympic games with professional partner Karen Barber.
NIcky Slater's parents John and Joan Slater were World Professional and British ice dancing champions. They trained at Manchester Ice Palace and then in Altrincham. Slater attended North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham.
With partner Kathryn Winter, he won the 1976 World Junior Championships. When that partnership ended, he teamed up with Karen Barber. They won the bronze medal at the 1983 European Championships. They represented Great Britain at the 1980 Winter Olympics, placing 12th, and at the 1984 Winter Olympics, where they placed 6th. They were British ice dance champions in 1985.
Slater has produced ice events, his first being Sport Aid at the NEC in 1986 in aid of the Band Aid Trust. He conceived and produced Skate-along a national skating fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Trust launched on Blue Peter and ran Ice Gala Tours in the UK to benefit Cystic Fibrosis and as independent productions.
He was Marketing and Communications Director of The Shaftesbury Society for five years, during which time he gained a Masters in Marketing from Bristol Business School at The University of the West of England. After this he endeavoured to develop ice rinks in the UK for five years.
He has produced ice spectaculars in the US as CEO and Creative Producer with his company Adventure On Ice working in partnership with Robin Cousins and Disson Furst and Partners. Together the partnership produced:
- Improv-Ice for USA Networks (3)
- The Starskates Series (8) for NBC
- Skaters Tribute to shows for ESPN (2)
In 2005, he produced and starred in The Finding a Wife Tour a UK theatre show, in 2008 he created and starred in Ice Times and toured UK theatres skating with Louise Owen and Charlotte Aitken.
Slater has also contributed to Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association's City Ice Skate events.
In 2012, he focused on developing himself as a musician and music producer, and working on TV and literary projects.
Following his retirement from competitive skating, Slater has worked as an 'in vision' expert and commentator on ice skating for both ITV and Channel 4, and as a commentator on Star, HDTV and on British Eurosport where he has also anchored a number of shows. He has been the "surprise" on an episode of Surprise Surprise.
Nicky appeared as a judge on the BBC One spin-off show Strictly Ice Dancing in 2004. This was a one-off episode which aired on Boxing Day. In 2006, he joined the ITV celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice as a judge, a role in which he continued for five consecutive years. Negotiations for the sixth series in 2011 stalled which led to him leaving the show making his last appearance as a judge in the fifth series. During his time at Dancing on Ice, Nicky also worked on the Dancing on Ice tour.
During the final series of Dancing on Ice in early 2014, judge Robin Cousins was absent for weeks six and seven of the show due to him commentating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. On these two occasions Slater stepped in as judge on the show, whilst Karen Barber was acting head judge.
|World Junior Championships||1stA|
|Olympic Winter Games||12th||6th|
|Skate Canada International||2nd||2nd|
- "Boys school to open for girls". Manchester Evening News. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
- "World Junior Figure Skating Championships Results: Ice Dancing Medalists" (PDF). International Skating Union.
- "European Figure Skating Championships Results: Ice Dancing Medalists" (PDF). International Skating Union.
- "Dancing on Ice judge Nicky races to make the show after wife gives birth to a baby boy". Daily Mail (London). 24 February 2008.
- Hardy, Rebecca (28 December 2012). "Dancing On Ice's Nicky Slater and wife Christiane on their devastation over unborn child's severe chromosomal disorder - and why they're hoping against hope". Daily Mail.
- Official website
- Sports-reference profile
- "Skate Canada Results Book - Volume 2 - 1974 - current" (PDF). Skate Canada.