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Life's a holiday for record breaker Ryan

A SOLIHULL ice skater created history last week as he was part of the Holiday on Ice performance that broke a world record in Mainz.

A SOLIHULL ice skater created history last week as he was part of the Holiday on Ice performance that broke a world record in Mainz.

Ryan Southan from Shirley was one of 65 skaters who helped complete the successful attempt which put the theatrical show in the Guinness Book of Records.

The challenge was to create the worlds largest 'pin wheel' -a complex skating manoeuvre which has become a highlight of every Holiday on Ice show.

It involved skaters forming a chorus line and skating in a huge circle. One by one, they joined the end of the line, requiring the other skaters at the end of the race to keep up.

Normally such a manoeuvre would be performed by 30 skaters but the successful world record attempt involved 65 people - one for each year of Holiday on Ice's existence.

In front of Guinness World Record judges, 36-year-old Southan stuck to his part of the deal to help the team clinch success in Germany.

A 1,500m2 ice rink had to be built especially for the attempt which meant that there was little time to rehearse the manoeuvre.

Former Olympic ice skating gold medalist Robin Cousins choreographed the effort but admitted that the limited time available to the team made it tough.

"Having only 16 hours of ice time with all 65 skaters meant very intense and focused rehearsals for the two days before the big event.

"However I am very proud of the skaters who pulled together as a great team and that I could be a part of making this special record happen."

 

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