Nathaniel Niles (figure skater)

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Nathaniel Niles
Nathaniel W. Niles.jpg
Full name Nathaniel William Niles
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1886-07-05)July 5, 1886
Boston, Massachusetts
Died July 11, 1932(1932-07-11) (aged 46)
Brookline, Massachusetts
Turned pro 1904 (amateur tour)
Retired 1921
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open F (1917)
Other tournaments
WHCC 2R (1920)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open W (1908)
Nathaniel Niles
Personal information
Former partner Theresa Weld Blanchard
Skating club SC of Boston

Nathaniel William "Nat" Niles (July 5, 1886 – July 11, 1932) was an American tennis player and figure skater who competed in single skating, pair skating, and ice dancing between 1914 and 1932.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and died in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Niles won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in men's single skating 3 times, and 9 national pair skating titles with his partner Theresa Weld Blanchard. Blanchard and Niles also won a further 5 national titles in ice dancing.

Nathaniel W. Niles also excelled at tennis, and was inducted into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000. While a student at Harvard, he was an NCAA champion for the sport. He competed in 23 successive U.S. National Championships.[1] Together with Edith Rotch he won the 1908 Mixed Doubles title and in 1917 he reached the singles final but was defeated by Robert Lindley Murray in four sets. He also reached the semifinals in 1913 and the quarterfinals in 1904, 1911 and 1918.

Niles died in 1932, at the age of 46. His last figure skating competition, with Blanchard, had been the pairs event at the 1932 World Figure Skating Championships earlier that same year.

Figure skating results[edit]

Singles career[edit]

Event 1914 1918 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928
Olympic Games 6th 6th 15th
World Championships 10th
North American Championships 2nd
U.S. Championships 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st

Pairs career[edit]

(with Theresa Weld Blanchard)

Event 1914 1918 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1932
Olympic Games 4th 6th 9th
World Championships 7th 6th 8th
North American Championships 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd
U.S. Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd

Tennis Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1917 U.S. Championships Grass United States Robert Lindley Murray 7–5, 6–8, 3–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1908 U.S. Championships Grass United States Edith Rotch United States Louise Hammond Raymond
United States Raymond Little
6–4, 4–6, 6–4


  1. ^ "Record Holders". USOpen. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 

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