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Towler at the 2006 Nebelhorn Trophy
|Country represented||Great Britain|
16 December 1946 |
Kensington, London, England
|Former partner||Bernard Ford|
|Former coach||Gladys Hogg|
Diane Towler, married Green, (born 16 December 1946) is an English former ice dancer and currently a figure skating coach. She is a four-time (1966–1969) World and European champion with skating partner Bernard Ford.
Towler was partnered with Bernard Ford by the duo's coach, Gladys Hogg. The two debuted at the World Championships in 1964, finishing 13th. In 1965, they finished just off the podium in 4th. Towler/Ford won gold at the 1966 European Championships and went on to win their first World title. They would win the World and European titles for four consecutive seasons.
At the 1968 Winter Olympics, Towler/Ford skated in a demonstration event for ice dancing, winning the gold medal. Ice dancing became an official part of the Winter Olympics in 1976.
Towler/Ford are MBE recipients and were inducted into the World Figure skating Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs in 1993. Their best-known program was skated to Zorba the Greek. After retiring from amateur competition, they performed in ice shows until Ford moved to Canada.
Towler became a figure skating coach. Her ice dancing students include:
- Janet Sawbridge / Peter Dalby (1972 Europeans bronze medalists)
- Candice Towler-Green / James Phillipson
- Phillipa Towler-Green / Phillip Poole, both British Junior champions and world competitors
- Debbie Burne / Mark Bosley, British junior champions and 5th at Junior Worlds
- Elizabeth Coates / Alan Abretti who competed at the World and European Championships
- Skatabase: 1960-1969 Worlds: Ice Dancing Results
- Skatabase: 1960-1969 Europeans: Ice Dancing Results
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