When Torvill and Dean reunited after 30 years to perform their life-changing Olympic gold Boléro routine

22 February 2021, 14:54

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean recreated their famous 1984 Olympic dance routine (right) on Dancing On Ice in 2014 (left)
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean recreated their famous 1984 Olympic dance routine (right) on Dancing On Ice in 2014 (left). Picture: ITV/Dancing On Ice

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean reunited in 2014 for special performance of their 30-year-old Olympic gold medal routine on ITV's Dancing On Ice.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are the darlings of British ice-skating and in recent years the stars of ITV's Dancing On Ice.

Back in 1984 the pair accomplished a routine so sensational it won them not only an Olympic gold medal but a place in the history books as one of the greatest sporting moments of all time.

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The dancing pair were representing the UK in Sarajevo, Bosnia when they took to the ice and gave a beautiful self-choreographed performance to Maurice Ravel's Boléro.

Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean are the darlings of British ice-skating and in recent years the stars of ITV's Dancing On Ice (pictured).
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are the darlings of British ice-skating and in recent years the stars of ITV's Dancing On Ice (pictured). Picture: ITV/Dancing On Ice
Over 24 million people tuned in to watch as the young dancers stunned with the incredible routine, earning them the status of the highest scoring figure skaters in the history of the sport.
Over 24 million people tuned in to watch as the young dancers stunned with the incredible routine, earning them the status of the highest scoring figure skaters in the history of the sport. Picture: Getty
Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean recreated their famous routine 30-years-later for Dancing On Ice in 2014
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean recreated their famous routine 30-years-later for Dancing On Ice in 2014. Picture: ITV/Dancing On Ice

Over 24 million people tuned in to watch as the young dancers stunned with the incredible routine, earning them the status of the highest scoring figure skaters in the history of the sport.

The moment turned out to be so significant that in 2002, a UK poll conducted by Channel 4 saw the glorious gold-winning moment be voted number 8 in the top 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.

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So it comes as no surprise that when Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean agreed to recreate their famous routine 30-years-later in 2014, the British viewing public were beside themselves with nostalgic joy.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean on their way to winning gold medals in the Ice Dancing event during the Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean on their way to winning gold medals in the Ice Dancing event during the Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games. Picture: Getty
A UK poll conducted by Channel 4 in 2002 saw the glorious gold-winning moment be voted number 8 in the top 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. Pictured, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean winning gold in 1984.
A UK poll conducted by Channel 4 in 2002 saw the glorious gold-winning moment be voted number 8 in the top 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. Pictured, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean winning gold in 1984. Picture: Getty

The 55-year-old Jayne Torvill and 54-year-old Christopher Dean took the ice rink on Dancing On Ice and gave a perfect reenactment of their world-famous routine.

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Complete with cheers from the audience and awe from the show's contestants, the two proved why they went on to be crowned former British, European, Olympic and World champions after their sensational gold medal win in 1984.

Torvill and Dean met in 1975 as teenagers, earning their first trophy in 1976 and winning fifth place at their first Olympics in 1980, just four years before their perfect gold-winning score in 1984.

In a 2013 interview on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, they revealed that they did “dabble” in romance as teenagers.

Watch Torvill and Dean winning gold at the 1984 Olympics below:

“We were in the back of the bus going to a league match, and it just happened. It was a one-off. We never talked about it afterwards. We laugh about it now,” Torvill told the Radio Times.

Yet, despite years of rumours that the two are romantically involved, Torvill and Dean are in happy relationships with other people.

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63-year-old Jayne Torvill currently lives in East Sussex with her husband Phil Christensen, son Kieran and daughter Jessica and since 2011 Christopher Dean has been in a relationship with fellow English ice skater and Dancing on Ice star Karen Barber.