Barbara Underhill

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Barbara Underhill
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1983-0329-027, Barbara Underhill, Paul Martini.jpg
Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini, March 1983
Personal information
Full name Barbara Ann Underhill
Country represented  Canada
Born (1963-06-24) June 24, 1963 (age 52)
Port Elgin, Ontario
Height 4'11" (150 cm)
Partner Paul Martini
Skating club Granite Club
Oshawa FSC

Barbara Ann Underhill (born June 24, 1963 in Port Elgin, Ontario) is a Canadian former pair skater. With partner Paul Martini, she is the 1984 World champion, the 1979–1983 Canadian national champion, and the 1978 World Junior champion. They represented Canada at the 1980 Winter Olympics, where they placed 9th, and at the 1984 Winter Olympics, where they placed 7th. In 2009 she was named to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.[1]

Post-competitive career[edit]

Underhill worked for 16 years as a skating TV commentator until 2006.[2] She then began working with hockey players to develop their speed and power.[2][3]

Underhill initially worked with the Guelph Storm, of which her husband Rick Gaetz is a part owner.[1] She then began working with NHL teams—first the Anaheim Ducks, followed by the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.[1][2] Underhill was named in the 2011 edition of The Hockey News's list of the 100 most influential people in ice hockey due to her power skating coaching.[4]

Underhill joined the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs as the team's Skating Consultant on April 20, 2012.[5]

Underhill also appeared on CBC TV's Battle of the Blades.

Personal life[edit]

Underhill married Rick Gaetz, with whom she has two sons, Matthew and Scott, all of whom are involved in hockey.[2] On September 15, 1992, she had twin girls, Sam and Stephanie, but lost Stephanie in a drowning accident on May 29, 1993.[6][7] In 1998 Underhill started the Stephanie Gaetz Keepsafe Foundation to reduce injuries in childhood, with a focus on water safety.[6]

Competitive highlights[edit]

(with Martini)

Event 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84
Winter Olympic Games 9th 7th
World Championships 11th 11th 7th 4th 3rd 1st
World Junior Championships 1st
Canadian Championships 1st J. 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Skate America 1st
NHK Trophy 1st 1st
Prize of Moscow News 5th
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
Ennia Challenge Cup 5th 1st
Coupe des Alpes 1st
J. = Junior level


  1. ^ a b c Riches, Sam (March 14, 2014). "The Woman Who’s Teaching the NHL How to Skate". Pacific Standard. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Elfman, Lois (May 19, 2011). "Underhill giving hockey players the edge". IceNetwork. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Feschuk, Dave (July 15, 2013). "Maple Leafs making strides with Barbara Underhill". Toronto Star. 
  4. ^ The Hockey News, Volume 64, Number 14, January 17, 2011, p.23, Publisher: Caroline Andrews, Transcontinental Media
  5. ^ "Leafs hire ex-figure skater as skating coach". Sportsnet. April 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Egan, Kelly (October 28, 2005). "Her fairy tale life was over when her child fell into a pool". Ottawa Citizen ( Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Kathryn (April 2010). "Barbara Underhill: Skating superstar". 

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