Nicky Slater

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Nicky Slater
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Mark Slater
Alternative names Nicky Slater
Country represented  United Kingdom
Born (1958-04-06) 6 April 1958 (age 56)
Liverpool, England
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former partner Karen Barber
Kathryn Winter
Former coach Joan Slater
Jimmy Young
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.

Between 2006 and 2010, Nicky was a judge on the ITV celebrity ice skating show Dancing on Ice. He returned as a guest judge in 2014, standing in for Robin Cousins.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Skating career[edit]

With partner Kathryn Winter, he won the 1976 World Junior Championships.[2] When that partnership ended, he teamed up with Karen Barber. They won the bronze medal at the 1983 European Championships.[3] 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.

Post-competitive career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Slater is married to Christiane and has a son, Benjamin, born in February 2008.[4][6]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1976-78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85
World Junior Championships 1stA
Olympic Winter Games 12th 6th
World Championships 13th 10th 7th 7th 5th 5th 6th
European Championships 11th 8th 5th 5th 3rd 4th 4th
NHK Trophy 2nd 1st 1st
Skate America 3rd
Skate Canada International 2nd 2nd
British Championships 2nd 2nd 1st

A This was the only time that Nicky competed with Kathryn Winter, the rest were with Karen Barber.


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