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.