Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ANDREI'S OUR MAN; Ice Cool Skate Coach Takes to TV's Big Rink

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

ANDREI'S OUR MAN; Ice Cool Skate Coach Takes to TV's Big Rink

Article excerpt

TEESSIDE is being represented on the hit ITV show Dancing on Ice by Billingham Forum''s resident ice skating professional Andrei Lipanov.

Andrei has been working at the Forum since it re-opened in June 2011 after an extensive pounds 18.5m refurbishment.

This year Andrei has been paired with Sugarbabe Heidi Range and is hoping for a repeat of the success he had in series two of dancing on ice with Clare Buckfield when they finished second.

Russian international Andrei began skating solo at the tender age of five. When he was 15 he became a competitive pairs skater and went on to win the Russian Junior Games in 1993.

Having competed as a member of the Russian national team, Andrei turned professional and became a principal in the Russian Ice Stars in 1996, before joining Britain's Dancing on Ice show in 2007.

After surviving a skate-off in the first show of the series Andrei and Heidi are now training hard for show seven and will be hoping for Figure skating support from Teesside and in particular his work colleagues at Tees Active and all his fans at the Forum. …

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