Penny Coomes

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Penny Coomes
2011 Cup of China Penny Coomes Nicholas Buckland 2.jpg
Coomes and Buckland skate their short dance at the 2011 Cup of China
Personal information
Country represented United Kingdom
Born (1989-04-06) 6 April 1989 (age 28)
Ascot, England
Residence New Jersey
Height 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Partner Nicholas Buckland
Coach Igor Shpilband
Former coach Evgeni Platov, Philip Askew, Neil Chilcott
Choreographer Philip Askew
Former choreographer Zhanna Palagina
Skating club National Ice Centre Nottingham
Training locations Novi, Michigan
Former training locations New Jersey
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 173.17
2016 Worlds
Short dance 68.23
2016 Worlds
Free dance 104.94
2016 Worlds

Penny Coomes (born 6 April 1989) is an English ice dancer who represents the United Kingdom. With partner Nicholas Buckland, she is the 2014 European bronze medalist and has won six other international medals. They are also three-time British national champions (2012–2014) and competed at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Penny Coomes was born on 6 April 1989 in Maidenhead, England.[1] She attended Wessex Primary School and Cox Green Secondary before moving to Nottingham.[2] She learned ballet at Desborough School.[3] She studied psychology at Nottingham Trent University.[4] She is the stepdaughter of ice dancing coach Philip Askew.[1] Coomes and Buckland have stated that they are in a relationship.[5]


Coomes was introduced to skating by her mother at the age of eight at Slough Ice Arena.[2][6]

Seasons: 2005–06 to 2009–10[edit]

Coomes teamed up with Nicholas Buckland in 2005, having met him at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.[4] In the 2007–08 season, Coomes injured her foot in a collision with another skater at the British Championships.[2] Told it was not broken, she and Buckland went on to win the national junior title. Three months later, a scan indicated a broken cuboid bone, leading to a bone graft and reconstructive surgery.[2][7]

Coomes/Buckland made their senior international debut at the 2008 Finlandia Trophy, placing 9th. Their season ended after Coomes sustained a head injury in a fall on the ice.[8] In the 2009–10 season, they placed 9th at the Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, and fourth at the 2009 Ondrej Nepela Memorial. They won the silver medal at the British Championships and then won the bronze medal at the 2009 Golden Spin of Zagreb.

Coomes/Buckland trained at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham until December 2009 when they moved to New Jersey to train with coach Evgeni Platov.[9][10] Along with Sinead Kerr / John Kerr, they were selected to represent Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[11] On 13 February 2010, Buckland began experiencing symptoms of tachycardia.[12] He and Coomes finished 20th at the Olympics.

Seasons: 2010–11 to 2013–14[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, they withdrew from their national championships after a fall in training resulted in a sprained ligament in Coomes' left knee.[13] The two finished 14th at the European Championships and 16th at the World Championships.

In 2011–12, Coomes/Buckland placed fourth at their Grand Prix event, the 2011 Cup of China, before winning silver at the 2011 Golden Spin of Zagreb and gold at the MNNT Cup. The duo ranked sixth at the 2012 European Championships in Sheffield, England.[14] They placed 14th at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France. Coomes sustained a back and hip injury in Nice.[15]

In 2012–13, they were fifth at the 2013 European Championships in Zagreb and 13th at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario. In July 2013, a device was implanted under Buckland's skin in order to monitor his heart rhythm.[16]

In 2013–14, Coomes/Buckland won gold at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava.[17] Following the event, Buckland was informed that he needed an operation due to readings of up to 270–280 beats per minute. In November 2013, a nerve in his heart was cauterized in a successful procedure leading to normal functioning of his heart.[12][16] Coomes/Buckland went on to win the bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest. They placed tenth at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[18]

2014–15 season[edit]

Coomes/Buckland began the 2014–15 season with gold medals at the 2014 International Cup of Nice and NRW Trophy. In November, they were awarded the first Grand Prix medal of their career, bronze at the 2014 Rostelecom Cup. At their next GP event, the 2014 NHK Trophy, they placed second in the short dance but sixth in the free dance, slipping to fifth overall.

In late January 2015, Coomes/Buckland placed tenth in the short dance at the European Championships in Stockholm. They withdrew prior to the next segment, Buckland having fallen ill with gastroenteritis.[19][20] Coomes developed an illness in the third week of March, resulting in her hospitalization and the team's withdrawal from the 2015 World Championships, to be held in Shanghai the following week.[20] Back in the United Kingdom, she was diagnosed with nonspecific interstitial pneumonia.[21]

2015–16 season[edit]

In May 2015, Coomes/Buckand announced that they would be coached by Igor Shpilband in Michigan, following a directive by UK Sport, their funding agency.[21] In October, they won silver at Ondrej Nepela Trophy, their first medal at an ISU Challenger Series competition.[22] They placed 4th at the 2015 Trophée Éric Bompard, 5th at the 2015 NHK Trophy, 6th at the 2016 European Championships in Bratislava, and 7th at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.

2016–17 season[edit]

Coomes fractured her patella on 24 June 2016, having fallen while trying a new lift entry with Buckland in Novi, Michigan; she underwent surgery four days later, wore a brace for ten weeks, and returned to the ice on 11 November.[23] Coomes/Buckland withdrew from their Grand Prix assignments – the 2016 Trophée de France and 2016 NHK Trophy.[24] They trained in preparation for the 2017 European Championships but later decided to withdraw.[25] Coomes underwent an operation on 10 January 2017 to remove the wires in her knee, which were digging into the patellar tendon, and was expected to be off the ice for three months.[23]


(with Buckland)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition
  • Battle Remembered
    by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
  • Flamenco: Malagdena & Poeta
  • Paso doble: Poeta en el Mar
  • Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1
    by Muse
  • Hurricanes and Butterflies
    by Muse
  • Polka: Scalliwag
    by Gaelic Storm
  • Waltz: Stolen Kiss
    by Niamh Fahy
  • Polka: Rhythms of the Fall
Original dance
Irish folk dance
  • Reel Around the Sun
  • The Countess Cathleen
    by Bill Whelan
  • Spanish flamenco

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

With Buckland

Event 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17
Olympics 20th 10th
Worlds 16th 14th 13th 9th WD 7th
Europeans 16th 14th 6th 5th 3rd WD 6th
GP Cup of China 4th
GP NHK Trophy 8th 6th 5th 5th WD
GP Rostelecom 7th 3rd
GP Skate America 8th
GP Trophée 7th 4th WD
CS Nepela Trophy 2nd
Bavarian Open 1st 1st
Cup of Nice 3rd 1st
Finlandia Trophy 9th
Golden Spin WD 3rd 2nd
Ice Challenge 9th
MNNT Cup 1st
Nepela Memorial 4th 4th 1st
NRW Trophy 1st
U.S. Classic 5th
Universiade 15th
International: Junior[22]
JGP Germany 13th
JGP U.K. 10th
British Champ. 5th J 2nd J 1st J 2nd WD 1st 1st 1st
Team events
Olympics 10th T
7th P
Team Challenge
2nd T
4th P
J = Junior level; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result


  1. ^ a b c "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Our interview with Olympic ice skater Penny Coomes". Essential Surrey. 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Dewey, Philip (29 January 2014). "Maidenhead girl Penny Coomes going for gold at Winter Olympics". Maidenhead Advertiser. 
  4. ^ a b "City's new hopefuls for ice skating glory". Nottingham Post. 23 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Scott-Elliot, Robin (7 February 2014). "Winter Olympics 2014: Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland - can the new Torvill and Dean strike gold with 'The Beast'?". The Independent. 
  6. ^ "Penny Coomes". National Ice Skating Association. Archived from the original on 30 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Figure skating students are Nottingham's next Olympic hopefuls". Nottingham Trent University. 18 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Coomes and Buckland ready for Olympics". More Than The Games / Eurosport. 30 November 2009. Archived from the original on 30 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Buckland, Nicholas (12 July 2013). "Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes blog: Getting ready for Sochi 2014". 
  10. ^ Luchianov, Vladislav (10 August 2011). "Coomes, Buckland ready to make an impact". IceNetwork. 
  11. ^ "BOA confirm figure skating squad for Vancouver Olympics". More Than The Games. 30 November 2009. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Williams, Ollie (27 November 2013). "Sochi 2014: Nick Buckland reveals life-threatening heart condition". BBC News. 
  13. ^ "Journal entry". Official website of Coomes/Buckland. 9 January 2011. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Williams, Ollie (13 February 2012). "On home ice? Britain's figure skaters emigrate for success". BBC News. 
  15. ^ Luchianov, Vladislav (7 November 2012). "Coomes, Buckland to begin the season at Rostelecom Cup". 
  16. ^ a b Buckland, Nicholas (12 November 2013). "Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes ice skating blog: Bouncing back from a heart procedure". 
  17. ^ Buckland, Nicholas (28 October 2013). "Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes blog: Competition season arrives". 
  18. ^ "Penny COOMES". Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on 6 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Illness hits Buckland brothers at European Figure Skating Championships". National Ice Skating Association. 29 January 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Buckland and Coomes withdraw from World Championships due to illness". National Ice Skating Association. 19 March 2015. 
  21. ^ a b Yoshida, Hiro (3 October 2015). "Penny Coomes & Nicholas Buckland". IFS Magazine. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Competition Results: Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND". International Skating Union. 
  23. ^ a b c Yoshida, Hiro (2 February 2017). "Penny Coomes & Nicholas Buckland on the Road to Recovery". Europe on Ice. 
  24. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016/17: Ice Dance" (PDF). International Skating Union. 1 September 2016. 
  25. ^ Darlington, Daniel (2 February 2017). "Injured Coomes forced to delay return to competition". Maidenhead Advertiser. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. 
  26. ^ Buckland, Nicholas. "Keeping Free Dance" (Instagram). Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  27. ^ "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. 
  28. ^ "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014. 
  29. ^ Coomes, Penny (9 September 2013). "Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes blog: Countdown to Sochi 2014 – preparing our Olympic routines". 
  30. ^ "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. 
  31. ^ "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. 
  32. ^ "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. 
  33. ^ "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. 
  34. ^ "History". Official website of Coomes/Buckland. Archived from the original on 30 November 2014. 
  35. ^ "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 4 May 2008. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Penny Coomes at Wikimedia Commons