Karen Barber facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsKaren Barber
|Full name||Karen Barber|
|Country represented||Great Britain|
|Born||21 June 1961
Manchester, England, Tameside, Ashton-Under-Lyne
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Former partner||Nicky Slater
|Skating club||Richmond Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club|
Barber won the silver medal at the 1977 World Junior Championships with partner Kim Spreyer. When that partnership ended, she teamed up with Nicky Slater. They won the bronze medal at the 1983 European Championships. They represented Great Britain at the 1980 Winter Olympics, placing 12th, and at the 1984 Winter Olympics, where they placed 6th.
Following her retirement from competitive skating, Barber worked as a coach and skated professionally.
From 2006 Barber served as a judge on Dancing On Ice, until 2011 where she was moved into the role of head coach where remained for the 2011 and 2012 series(it was in her 1st year as coach that she got into a big fight with her former co judge Jason Gardiner) before she returned to the judging panel in 2013 where she remained until the end of series 9 in 2014. Barber did not return to the programme in 2018 but did return for series 11 as head coach in 2019.
Barber has two daughters, Laura and Emma, with her former husband, Stephen Pickavance.
|Olympic Winter Games||12th||6th|
|Skate Canada International||2nd||2nd|
|St. Ivel International||3rd||2nd||2nd||1st|
|World Junior Championships||2nd|
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