Full name: Malcolm Vincent Redgrave
Country of origin: Great Britain
Hometown: Chatham, Kent, England
Skating accomplishments: 2-time world champion, three-time European champion, six-time British champion
Coaching since: 1985
Students: Hiroshi Kitamura (JPN), Eric Lansing (USA), Simon Westbrook (GBR), Hannah Zahavi (ISR)
Birthdate: December 16, 1947
Hair color: brown, greying
Eye color: blue
Physical description: Thin, almost gaunt, with a distinctively hawkish face and hollow cheeks. He looks taller than he is. He often wears a coat with a fur collar, a habit he picked up from his own coach.
Family: Wife, Margaret (deceased); sister-in-law, Madeline (estranged)
Personality: Malcolm is a quiet, intelligent, typically British gentleman. Skating is his passion, and he is obsessed with his work, using it to distract himself from the sadness and loneliness that have never left him after the death of his wife. Despite this emotional burden, he makes the most of his life; he enjoys his friendships, and has a subtle, often ironic sense of humor. To his students he represents a powerful authority figure, capable of being stern or gentle as needed, but at heart he is always a kind and deeply caring man.
At times Malcolm's habits seem rather anachronistic, but this is merely a reflection of his firm beliefs about gentlemanly behavior. Those who know him appreciate his often old-fashioned ways as part of his charm.
Several incidents in Malcolm's past have left him with a mild distrust of women in general, although he is always a perfect gentleman toward ladies.
Hobbies/interests: If Malcolm isn't working, he's thinking about work; he rarely takes time for anything else, a fact which at times frustrates students who are concerned that he rests. His recreation is mostly limited to reading at night before he falls asleep. When he does take part in other activities, it's only at the invitation of others, such as a chess game with a friend.
Personal history: Once Malcolm stepped onto the ice for the first time at the age of four, there was never a question of any other pursuit in his life. He trained with local coaches until age ten, when he moved to London to work with the legendary Russian ice dancer and singles coach Andre Grigoriev. Malcolm's talent was exceptional, and he became particularly well known for his technical prowess.
Over the next twenty-three years, Malcolm became one of England's most elite figure skaters. He had numerous competitive accomplishments in the late 60's through the 70's; this included six British national titles between 1969 and 1977, three European titles in 1971, 1974 and 1975, and two world championship titles in 1973 and 1974. In spite of his success, he was never quite able to achieve his potential at the Olympics, respectively placing seventh and fifth in 1972 and 1976.
Yet the most important event in Malcolm's life was his marriage. In 1971 he married Margaret Alston, a dance instructor and choreographer whom he had been courting for three years. To friends, it seemed like a perfect marriage; he worshiped her, and she adored him.
Malcolm intended to try for the Olympics once again in 1980, at the age of thirty-two, but he gave up this dream when Margaret told him she wished to start a family. He retired from his eligible career just before the 1980 British Nationals, to devote his time to her fully--but their happiness was short-lived, as one month later, Margaret was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Malcolm remained by Margaret's side, taking care of her, until she passed away in September of that year. Devastated, he became a recluse in their Chatham home, and in his depression, he came close to suicide more than once. He survived his grief only with the support of close friends like Kenji Tokuda and Tom Ashdown, and in particular his coach Andre Grigoriev, who was now over eighty and in failing health. Helping to care for Andre became a kind of therapy for Malcolm.
In 1982 Andre passed away, but not before urging Malcolm to rebuild his life. Out of respect for his teacher, Malcolm began his attempt to do just that; he returned to figure skating as a commentator and columnist. Then, in 1985, he moved to America to become a coach. Working wherever he could at first, he found himself in Montana with a young prodigy named Eric Lansing. Other students came and went, and Malcolm continued to battle depression, but he was strengthened by his relationship with young Eric.
In 1987, Malcolm was appointed director of the Ambrose Figure Skating Club, and took Eric with him to Minnesota. They both worked hard for the next twelve years, achieving success at last. Malcolm became the coach of six Olympic medalists, four of them gold--including Eric. Under Malcolm's guidance, the Ambrose Skating Club became the finest rink in the country.
Was knighted in February of 2004, during the Winter Olympics in London.
Lives in a vast old house in the Grosvenor Heights suburb of Ambrose, which he shares with three of his students: Emilia Watson, Simon Westbrook, and Hiroshi Kitamura. He employs a cook, Mrs. Howlett, who comes by each evening to prepare dinner. She is usually gone by the time he comes home. All other chores are done by Malcolm and his students themselves.
Drives a dark blue Mercedes.
Privately thinks of Eric Lansing as the son he and his wife never had. He even gave his and Margaret's wedding rings to the Lansings for their own marriage.
Is the godfather of British pairs skater Emilia Watson, whose parents were his former teammates.
Learned from his coach to speak Russian fairly well, although he is not as fluent now as he once was.
Began smoking after the death of his wife, but quit when he took up coaching, for the sake of his students' health. He occasionally craves a cigarette when under stress, but is very disciplined in remaining smoke-free.