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Daniel Whiston (born 21 November 1976 in Blackpoolmarker) is an Englishmarker ice skater. He appeared in Strictly Ice Dancing on BBC One and all series of ITV show Dancing on Ice. He won the first series while partnering actress Gaynor Faye.

Background

Whiston started ice skating at the age of seven at the Pleasure Beach Ice Arenamarker in Blackpool. He worked in the Arena and took part in his first show there when he was 18 years old. He also appeared in a tour of Grease on Ice in North America, and appeared in the Hot Ice show at the Arena until 2006. He appears in the DVDs of the Hot Ice shows Quixotic, Xylatomia, H2O, Amarin and Chill.

Career

Whiston appeared in the one-off Strictly Ice Dancing broadcast on ITV 1 on 26 December, 2004. He won the first series of Dancing on Ice in 2006 with partner, actress Gaynor Faye.
He was also a presenter at the British Soap Awards on 24 May, 2006. In the second series of Dancing on Ice in 2007 he reached the semi-finals, finishing fourth, with actress Emily Symons, before being eliminated in a skate-off against singer Duncan James and his partner, Maria Filippov. With Symons also appearing in the soap opera, Emmerdalemarker set in and filmed in West Yorkshire, they initially trained at Bradford Ice Arena in Bradfordmarker each week before travelling down to Londonmarker for dress rehearsals.


In the third Dancing on Ice series in 2008, Whiston was partnered with another Emmerdale actress, Linda Lusardi and again they initially trained in Bradford. Following Lusardi's departure from the soap, and subsequent return to her family home in the south of England, it was revealed that Whiston had temporarily moved in with her family, to enable them to practise without the need for excessive travelling. Initial training was problematic as Lusardi broke her foot. They were voted out in week seven, finishing sixth, in a skate-off with actress Zaraah Abrahams and her partner Fred Palascak. Both Whiston and Lusardi appeared in the Dancing on Ice Tour 2008. Daniel will be returning on the 10th January 2009 to compete in the 4th series along with Roxanne Pallett a former Emmerdale actress. In week 8 Daniel and Roxanne were in the skate off against Zoe Salmon and Matt Evers and were eliminated 5-0.

It is worth noting that since winning the first series of Dancing On Ice in 2006, Whiston has consistently been the 8th Professional Ice-Skater to leave Dancing On Ice with his Celebrity Partner in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 series.

Personal life

In May 2008 it was revealed that Whiston would be working in his father's carpet fitting business on the Fylde coastmarker over the summer with Whiston saying, "I've got a bit of time now before the next series, so I am taking a break and working for my dad for a bit. We just finished the tour of Dancing On Ice and it was absolutely fantastic, everywhere was sold out and I really enjoyed it. I will be carpet-fitting as well as going into people's houses delivering!"

References

  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/the-5minute-interview-gaynor-faye-actress-450053.html
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/northwest/series9/week_nine.shtml


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