It was natural for Nottingham-born Nicholas Buckland to pursue a career as a figure skater. Skating ran in Buckland’s family – his grandad Bryan was a speed skater while his mother, Jean, was an ice dancer.
Buckland teamed up with Penny Coomes in 2005, having met her at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham and the pair’s first triumph came three years later at the British Junior Championships where they won gold, despite Coomes suffering a broken foot.
Buckland made his Winter Olympic debut with Coomes in 2010 and the duo finished tenth four years later at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
It was that year when the skater claimed his 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 third Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.