Jennifer Robinson was the face of women’s figure skating in Canada during the late 1990s and early 2000s. A six-time national figure skating champion, she finished seventh at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Robinson was born on December 2, 1976 in Goderich, Ontario. She moved to Windsor with her family in 1980 and shortly thereafter began skating with the Riverside Skating Club.
Robinson was a very promising skater from a young age. In 1990, she moved to Barrie to begin an intense training program at the Mariposa Figure Skating Club.
Robinson won the 1994 Canadian Junior Championships before graduating to Senior competition.
Robinson won gold at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in 1996 and then consecutively from 1999 to 2003. She also took home a silver medal in 1995 and bronze medals in ’97, ’98, and 2004.
Robinson competed at the World Figure Skating Championships on eight occasions between 1994-95 and 2003-04. She submitted her best performance at the 1999-2000 event, when she finished eighth.
In 1998, Robinson returned to Windsor to train under the renowned coach Richard Callaghan of the Detroit Figure Skating Club. She continued to qualify for the Canadian Championships through 2004, regularly submitting dominant performances.
In 2002, Robinson competed at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. On her sport’s biggest stage, she skated to an impressive seventh place finish. It was a career highlight.
Robinson competed in several other prestigious international tournaments during her competitive career. Most notably, she skated in the Sparkassen Cup, the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the Trophée Lalique, the Cup of Russia, and the Cup of China.
Robinson retired from competitive figure skating in 2004 and began to tour with Stars on Ice. Following her induction into the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame, she worked for CTV as a commentator during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.