It was always likely that Nick Buckland would pursue a career as a figure skater given the sport is entrenched in the family. Buckland’s mother, Jean, was an ice dancer, his younger brother, Joseph, is also a figure skater while his grandad Bryan was a speed skater.
Buckland teamed up with Penny Coomes in 2005, and they made their senior international debut at the 2008 Finlandia Trophy where they finished ninth.
Buckland made his Winter Olympic debut with Coomes in 2010 and the duo finished tenth four years later at Sochi 2014, having undergone life-saving cardiac surgery to treat an irregular heartbeat in the run up to the latter.
It was that year when the skater claimed the first Grand Prix medal of his career with Coomes, when they secured bronze at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest.
After winning the 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy, Buckland and Coomes were selected for their third Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Their preparations included a seventh-place finish at the European Championships.