Skatecast #84: Courtney Jones, British ice dance champion

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Strap yourselves in for a fun (and long . . . about 1 hr 19 mins) podcast!
Episode #84 features Britain’s Courtney Jones.

If you’re unfamiliar with his formidable contributions to the sport, here’s a quick (and incomplete) list:
  • This former British ice dancer won the World and European championships multiple times with two different partners … the only ice dancer to have won the World Championships with two different partners:
    • World, European and British titles with June Markham in 1957 and 1958
    • World Champion in 1959 and 1960 with Doreen Denny, as well as the European Champs and British Champs in 1959, 1960, and 1961
  • In 1963 he became one of the inventors of the Starlight Waltz and the Silver Samba compulsory dances.
  • In 1980, he was head ice dance referee at the Olympics in Lake Placid
  • As a clothes designer, Mr Jones designed the British Olympic team's uniforms in 1976 and 1984, but . . .
  • . . . most notably, he designed and created Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s iconic Bolero costumes!
  • Was deservedly inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • Lastly, he just released his autobiography called “Around the Ice in Eighty Years: An irreverent Memoir by an Accidental Champion.” Available directly from York Publishing Services www.ypdbooks.com
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