Article by Lois Elfman in the Official Publication of U.S. Figure Skating, April 2013, Page 8 and 9 – Where Are They Now. Click Here.
"When senior lady Ashley Cain competes at the U.S. Championships, she may be alone on the ice, but she's surrounded by a loving family that not only appreciates her passion for skating but understands it from personal experience.
Ashley is the daughter of Darlene Cain, a nationally ranked ice dancer from Canada, and Peter Cain, who with sister Elizabeth represented Australia at four World Championships and the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
Peter, 54, said he and Elizabeth, 50, got involved with skating because their parents were skaters. Their late father even met their mother at a skating rink in Sydney when he was on leave during World War II. Their mother's parents also skated.
It started as a social thing for us and kept on," Peter said. "I didn't think I would be a skater. I was into all sorts of other sports as a young kid."
Eventually, he found his interest in skating growing and he and Liz began skating pairs. When they were about 14 and 10, they went to Great Britain and won the junior British Championships. Peter laughs at the thought that the coach who put them on the ice was the legendary Gladys Hogg, but they didn't really know who she was.
In the mid-1970s, an Australian judge asked coach John Nicks to work with the pair in the United States...