Barbara Underhill

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Barbara Underhill figure skating
Underhill and Martini, 1983
Full name Barbara Ann Underhill
nation CanadaCanada Canada
birthday June 24, 1963
place of birth Oshawa, Ontario
size 150 cm
Weight 45 kg
discipline Pair skating
Partner Paul Martini
Trainer Louis Stong
choreographer Sandra Bezic
status resigned
Medal table
World Cup medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
ISU World figure skating championships
bronze Helsinki 1983 Couples
gold Ottawa 1984 Couples

Barbara "Barb" Ann Underhill (born June 24, 1963 in Oshawa , Ontario ) is a former Canadian figure skater who started pair skating .

Her partner was Paul Martini . With him she became junior world champion in 1978 . From 1979 to 1983 they won the Canadian championships. They made their world championship debut in 1979 and finished in eleventh place. They won their first medal at their fifth participation in the World Cup in Helsinki in 1983 . There they won the bronze medal behind Jelena Walowa and Oleg Wassiljew from the Soviet Union and Sabine Baeß and Tassilo Thierbach from the GDR. Underhill and Martini celebrated their greatest success a year later at the World Championships in Ottawa , where they won the gold medal. It was the first world title for a Canadian couple since Maria and Otto Jelinek in 1962 . Then they ended their amateur careers.

Underhill and Martini played two Winter Olympics , but could not win a medal. In 1980 in Lake Placid they finished ninth and in 1984 in Sarajevo they finished seventh.

Among the pros, Underhill and Martini won 7 times at the World Professional Championships , 2 times at the US Open and 2 times at the Legends Championships . In total, they won 26 gold , 4 silver and 5 bronze medals in their 21-year professional career together .

In April 1998 they ended their careers together with a farewell show, at which many famous figure skaters were guests. Since then she has worked as a commentator for the television stations TSN , CTV and CBC in the 1990s .

On May 29, 1993, her then eight-month-old daughter, Stephanie, drowned in her own swimming pool. She then founded the Stephanie Gaetz Keepsafe Foundation with her husband Rick Gaetz in 1998 - a foundation dedicated to protecting children from childhood accidents .


Pair skating

(with Paul Martini )

Competition / year 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
winter Olympics 9. 7th
World championships 11. 11. 7th 4th 3. 1.
Junior World Championships 1.
Canadian Championships 1st J 1. 1. 1. 1. 1.
  • J = juniors

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