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Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 11:31 GMT

Robin Cousins

BBC Sport's Robin Cousins is a three-times world free Skating champion, and an Olympic and European gold medallist.

Bristol-born Robin Cousins won his first national title aged 12 as a novice, he was junior champion at 14 and made his international debut that same year.

He represented Great Britain as an amateur skater for eight years, winning the National Senior Championships for three consecutive years.

He won the World Free Skating Championship gold medal three times and sealed his amateur ice skating career by winning European Championship gold and taking the Olympic title at Lake Placid in 1980.

A highly successful career as a professional skater followed and he starred in shows such as The Ice Capades.

In 1983 he formed his own ice company, and toured the world with Electric Ice and Ice Majesty.

West End career

He also starred, produced or choreographed many international TV ice spectaculars such as The Wizard of Oz on Ice, Toy Story on Ice, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express and the movie The Cutting Edge.

Robin has made the successful transfer from sport to stage, playing the Prince in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Munkestrap in Cats, and Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in the West End.

He has also made various pantomime performances, most recently playing the Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Over several years, Robin has been a regular guest presenter and commentator for BBC TV, for the European and World Figure Skating Championships as well as working on every Winter Olympics since Sarajevo in 1984.

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