Ben Cohen is a man of many accomplishments, with the most recent one being welcoming a daughter with partner Kristina Rihanoff in June of 2016. Little “Mila” Milena joins two older sisters from his first marriage, Harriette, and Isabelle. Mr. Cohen has achieved great acclaim in his life, besides being a loving father to three girls.
His Love Story
Rihanoff and Cohen met while performing on the British Show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ as partners competing against other dance mentors and celebrities. Though they did not win the competition, coming in at eighth place, they managed to leave lasting impressions on one another. Later, the friendship developed into romance, after Cohen’s first marriage ended. Now partners on and off the dance floor, their relationship created a whole new set of footsteps.
His Sports Career
Among other stats, Mr. Cohen can make the claim to fame of being a part of the England national team that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup and has scored the second most tries ever for England in the sport. Most recently, he became the 2016 winner of ‘The Jump’ beating out Tom Parker and Dean Kaine in the finale. It is a British TV show where celebrity contestants try their hands at learning different extreme winter sports, including snow skating, bobsledding, and ski cross. After various injuries on the show, the series was canceled after this season, making Cohen the reigning champ indefinitely.
Being clinically deaf in both ears, Mr. Cohen has strived to make the sport of Rugby more accessible to younger deaf players. His passion for helping youth does not stop there, however. Ben started the Stand Up Foundation to raise awareness of bullying, with a special emphasis on the homophobia many LGBT youth face on sports teams. He retired from Rugby in 2011 to concentrate on the foundation, in part to memorialize his father dying while protecting a man from being beaten in 2000.
With everything Ben has accomplished, it is no surprise he is also the receiver of an MBE, from the Queen, for his exemplary community service. Being a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire may be the ultimate achievement for many. Mr. Cohen, on the other hand, shows no signs of retiring from helping others, anytime soon.