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Leslie Cliff

Full name: Leslie Howard Talbot Cliff
Gender: Male
Born: June 5, 1908 in Naas, Kildare, Ireland
Died: August 2, 1969 in Saint Brélade, Jersey, Jersey
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Figure Skating

Related Olympians: Husband of Violet Cliff.

Biography

Leslie Cliff skated pairs alongside his wife, [Violet Cliff]. Together they won bronze medals at the World Championships in 1936-37 and a silver medal at the 1936 European Championships. They also placed fourth at the 1938 Worlds and 1933 and 1937 Europeans.

Also with his wife, the pair won the British Championship every year from 1934-38. When they sought to regain their title after the war, in May 1946, they were beaten by [Dennis] and [Winnie Silverthorne]. Dennis Silverthorne was, at the time, a serving RAF officer like Cliff. An expert aviator, both Cliff and his wife obtained pilot’s licences, and Leslie became a flying instructor at Lympne and Brooklands. The pair finished third in the 1938 King’s Cup Air Race and in 1939 were due to compete in a Miles Hawk owned by fellow figure skater [Cecilia Colledge]. However, the race was cancelled because it was scheduled to take place on 2 September 1939, the day after World War II broke out. Cliff served with the RAF throughout the War, and obtained the rank of squadron leader, being decorated with the Air Force Cross.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Mixed Pairs Great Britain-1 GBR 7

Mixed Pairs

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings 7
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #1 9
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #2 4
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #3 7
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #4 3
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #5 6
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #6 9
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #7 6
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #8 6T
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Figure Skating Great Britain-1 GBR Violet Cliff Final Standings Judge #9 6
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