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Cheryl Peake (1986-1992 British Pairs Champion with Andrew Naylor) has died
Cheryl Peake: 30th March 1966 - 12th June 2013
Just saw on Lorna Brown's Facebook profile that English Pairs skater Cheryl Peake died yesterday!
To make sure this was right, I hunted down the profile of Andrew Naylor (Cheryl's skating partner), and unfortunately, it was on there too:
Cheryl Peake and Andrew Naylor were the dominant force in British Pairs Skating for most of the late 80's/early 90's. In that time they won the British Senior Pairs Championships 7 years in succession, from 1986 to 1992.
This earned them regular appearances at the European Championships from 1986 to 1992, and every year they finished in the top 10. Their best results were 5th place in 1987 and 1989 (the champions both those years being Larisa Selezneva and Oleg Makarov).
They also competed at the World Championships from 1986 to 1991 and, with the exception of 1990 (when Catherine Barker and Michael Aldred represented Britain instead), every year they finished between 9th and 12th. Their best result was 9th place in 1987 (the champions that year being Ekaterina Gordeeva and the much-missed Sergei Grinkov).
In 1988, they competed in the Winter Olympics in Calgary, finishing 12th in both programmes, and 12th overall! I just had a look on YouTube, and here is a video of their Short Programme from Calgary.
Other videos I found are their Free Skate from the 1986 Skate America, and their Free Skate from the 1988 Skate America. There is also a video of them doing an exhibition in St. Ivel in 1987, but I should warn you that the quality of this particular video is not great.
Cheryl and Andrew retired from competitive skating in 1992. I am afraid I do not know what has been happening with either of them in the intervening years until now.
My thoughts go out to Cheryl's family and friends.
I am sorry to hear that. That is not a very long life.
I remember them. They represented Britain quite well. I'm sorry to learn of her demise. Too young.
How sad, she was so young. Was she sick? (I'm not on Facebook, so I can't read the article).
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Unfortunately, I am too young to remember them (I was only a few months old when they won their first British Championship!) But, having watched the videos, they were really good!
Originally Posted by merrywidow
The late 80's must have been a great time for British Figure skating, what with Peake and Naylor, Joanne Conway, and Torvill and Dean all doing well on the international stage!
It is. As you and the other members who have replied have been commenting on, 47 is too young.
Originally Posted by SoundtracksOnIce
Well, that's the thing - I can't seem to find out what happened to Cheryl. I have been keeping an eye on the "National Ice Skating Association Of Great Britain And Nothern Ireland" website, to see if they say what happened. But they seem to be pre-occupied with preparing for the British Solo Dance Championships, so there has been no notification about her death on there yet.
One person who replied to Lorna's comment (Leslie Talisman) said Cheryl "passed away from Sceptic Shock." But, that is the only place where a reason has been given, so I am waiting for somebody more official to back it up.
And, while looking for what happened there now, I found that Richard Lambert has copied my original post about Cheryl's death WORD-FOR-WORD onto his website!!! (Well, OK, so he edited out a few bits. But, apart from that, it is identical)
With the amount of time it took me searching for results and videos (along with verification of the sad news), it would have been nice to have got a bit of credit!
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Don't remember this pair, but she was too young to pass so soon.