Elite figure skating couple, Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes are hard at training ahead of this week’s international figure skating competition in Slovakia. In 2013 they beat stiff competition from around the world to win their category; now after a year away from the competition they are back and their eyes are set on gold.
After a difficult season in 2014 with a number of illnesses and injuries, Nick and Penny are back and fitter than ever. This week they look forward to debuting new material at their first international competition of the season.
Having represented Great Britain in a number of worldwide competitions, including two stints in the Winter Olympics, the couple are well seasoned competitive skaters. Often compared to Torvill and Dean, the pair has drawn influence from a number of British skating heroes but they are making their own mark on the world of figure skating, showing exactly what Buckland and Coomes have to offer the sport.
The Ondrej Nepela Trophy is a huge part of the international figure skating season. Now in its 23rd year, the competition which will take place from 1st to 3rd October has grown to become a highly respected event with skaters from around the world competing in categories of Senior Men, Ladies, Pairs and Ice Dance. As the same venue for the 2016 European Championships, this season the Ondrej Nepela Trophy is drawing even more top ranked competitors using the event as a chance to 'feel' the space.
Alongside the couple representing Great Britain will be Charlie Parry-Evans. For Charlie this will be his first time at the Ondrej Nepela but with years of skating under his belt he is excited to be representing the country in this prestigious competition.
NISA High Performance Manager, Robin Cousins works closely with Nick and Penny in training and through their competitive season. He said;
“Nick and Penny have been training hard ahead of this competition. In particular they have been doing lots of detailed performance work. The Ondrej Nepela will give them a chance to try out their new choreography against some of the best skaters in the world. It is a great event for them to be involved in and a great way for them to begin the international season.”
You can find out how Nick, Penny and Charlie do in the competition by staying up to date with the NISA news page where we will share results after the event. You can also watch live as the competition unfolds here .