Nicholas Buckland

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Nicholas Buckland
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Coomes and Buckland at the 2014 European Figure Skating Championships podium
Personal information
Country representedUnited Kingdom
Born (1989-06-09) 9 June 1989 (age 32)
Nottingham, England
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
PartnerPenny Coomes
Former partnerGeorgia Robinson
CoachIgor Shpilband
Former coachEvgeni Platov, Philip Askew, Neil Chilcott
ChoreographerPhilip Askew
Christopher Dean[1]
Former choreographerZhanna Palagina
Skating clubNational Ice Centre Nottingham
Igloo Ice Rink NJ
Training locationsNovi, Michigan
Former training locationsNew Jersey
Began skating1992
ISU personal best scores
Combined total177.13
2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
Short dance71.79
2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
Free dance105.34
2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy
Medal record
Figure skating: Ice dancing
Representing  Great Britain
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Budapest Ice dancing

Nicholas "Nick" Buckland (born 9 June 1989) is a former English competitive ice dancer who represented Great Britain. With partner Penny Coomes, he is the 2014 European bronze medalist and has won six other international medals. They are also five-time British national champions (2012–2014, 2016, 2018), and they have also competed three-times at the Winter Olympics in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Personal life[]

Nicholas Buckland was born on 9 June 1989 in Nottingham, England.[2] He studied law at Nottingham Trent University.[3] His grandfather, Bryan Grummitt, was a speed skater and his grandmother, Jean, an ice dancer.[4][5] His younger brother, Joseph, is also a competitive ice dancer.[6] Coomes and Buckland were in a relationship for many years.[7] On 24 December 2018, Coomes accepted Buckland's marriage proposal.[8]


Buckland began skating at age two after his grandparents took him to Nottingham Ice Stadium.[9][4]

Seasons: 2005–06 to 2009–10[]

Buckland teamed up with Penny Coomes in 2005, having met her at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.[3] In the 2007–08 season, Coomes injured her foot in a collision with another skater at the British Championships.[10] 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.[10][11]

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.[12] 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.[4][13] Along with Sinead Kerr / John Kerr, they were selected to represent Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[14] On 13 February 2010, Buckland began experiencing symptoms of tachycardia.[15] He and Coomes finished 20th at the Olympics.

Seasons: 2010–11 to 2013–14[]

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.[16] 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 Toruń Cup. The duo ranked sixth at the 2012 European Championships in Sheffield, England.[17] They placed 14th at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France. Coomes sustained a back and hip injury in Nice.[18]

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.[19]

In 2013–14, Coomes/Buckland won gold at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava.[20] 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.[15][19] 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.[21]

2014–15 season[]

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.[22][23] 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.[23] Back in the United Kingdom, she was diagnosed with nonspecific interstitial pneumonia.[24]

2015–16 season[]

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.[24] In October, they won silver at Ondrej Nepela Trophy, their first medal at an ISU Challenger Series competition.[25] 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[]

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.[26] During her recovery, Buckland worked in coaching and choreography, and healed a minor shoulder injury from the previous season.[26] Coomes/Buckland withdrew from their Grand Prix assignments – the 2016 Trophée de France and 2016 NHK Trophy.[27] They trained in preparation for the 2017 European Championships but later decided to withdraw.[28] 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.[26]

2017–18 season[]

Buckland and Coomes started their 2017–18 season at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, where they won the gold medal, set new personal bests in all segments and qualified an Olympic spot for Great Britain in ice dance at the 2018 games.[29] They were assigned to the 2017 NHK Trophy in November due to a withdrawal from the competition were they placed 5th in the short dance and 9th in the free dance, finishing in 7th overall.

Buckland and Coomes started in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which was their third appearance of the Winter Olympic Games. On 19 February 2018, they finished in 10th place and received a scored of 68.36 for their short ice dance.[30] On 20 February 2018, they finished in 10th place and received a scored of 101.96 in their free ice dance, and overall finished in 11th place with a 170.32 final score.[31][32]

In 2018, it was announced that Buckland and Coomes, will not be attending the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships, in order to give Coomes's the opportunity to fully rehabilitate her knee.[33]

In 2018, Buckland and Coomes worked as stunt doubles and consultants, on television drama called Torvill and Dean, based on the true story of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Which was broadcast on UK television on 25 December 2018.[34]


(with Coomes)

Season Short dance Free dance Exhibition

Not shown in competition

  • 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[]

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

With Coomes

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 17–18
Olympics 20th 10th 11th
Worlds 16th 14th 13th 9th WD 7th WD
Europeans 16th 14th 6th 5th 3rd WD 6th 7th
GP Cup of China 4th
GP NHK Trophy 8th 6th 5th 5th WD 7th
GP Rostelecom 7th 3rd
GP Skate America 8th
GP Trophée 7th 4th WD
CS Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
CS Nepela Trophy 2nd
Bavarian Open 1st 1st
Cup of Nice 3rd 1st 1st
Finlandia Trophy 9th
Golden Spin WD 3rd 2nd
Ice Challenge 9th
Nepela Memorial 4th 4th 1st
NRW Trophy 1st
Toruń Cup 1st
U.S. Classic 5th
Universiade 15th
International: Junior[25]
JGP Germany 13th
JGP U.K. 10th
British Champ. 5th J 2nd J 1st J 2nd WD 1st 1st 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. ^ ISU ISU Results, Biography.
  2. ^ a b "Penny COOMES / Nicholas BUCKLAND: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b "City's new hopefuls for ice skating glory". Nottingham Post. 23 November 2009. Archived from the original on 30 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Buckland, Nicholas (12 July 2013). "Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes blog: Getting ready for Sochi 2014". Metro. UK.
  5. ^ "Olympic hopeful Joseph keeps up the family tradition on ice". Nottingham Post. 20 September 2010. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Olivia SMART / Joseph BUCKLAND". International Skating Union.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Coomes, Penny (24 December 2018). "Last night after an amazing weekend with our families, in a romantic igloo on the river, next to Tower Bridge and under London's beautiful Christmas Lights.... my best friend asked me to marry him. We have been together since we were teenagers, shared ups & downs and travelled the world together. I am the luckiest girl in the world because I get to share the rest of my life with someone who truly is the love of my life and you make me happier than I could ever imagine and more loved than I ever thought possible... You have made me a better person, so I am truly blessed to be a part of your life. I love you more than words can say @n_buckland Thank you for choosing me to be your Fiancé ♥️