Class of 2012: Professional
As a young skater, Lori Nichol would become absorbed in whatever music was playing in the ice rink; an early indication of her future brilliance as a choreographer. Originally from London, Ontario, she trained with many world-renowned coaches, and then spent three years honing her craft as a member of the John Curry Skating Company. Although she enjoyed coaching for a few years, choreography was her true calling in the skating world. Her ability to design skating programs that combined detailed technical elements with the best qualities of each individual skater, all perfectly timed to each subtle nuance of the music, revolutionized the sport.
Although she has choreographed many Olympic and World Championship winning programs, her greatest joy is working with athletes and helping them find the style and skills that create their unique place in the skating world. As a result, many of her programs are considered unparalleled signature skating pieces. And she is never prouder than seeing the pure joy on an athlete’s face when the program has been skated at its best.
She continues to push the sport forward as an author and presenter, and has been recognized by many Hall of Fames around the world