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Jayne Torvill and her partner Christopher Dean broke the Russian domination of ice skate dancing and mesmerised the world with their interpretation of Ravel’s Bolero.

Russian domination broken

At the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Nottingham, England, won the ice dance competition. This was the first time that the competition had been won by a non-Russian couple.

Ravel’s Bolero

The British couple mesmerised the world with their breathtaking interpretation of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. The judges awarded them 12 scores of 6.0 out of 18 marks, including across-the-board perfect scores for artistic impression.

Clever timing

The couple managed to present their 4-minute 28-second dance despite the fact that the time limit was 4 minutes 10 seconds. They did this by moving their bodies to the music for 18 seconds before they started skating.

Bronze return

Torvill and Dean returned to the Olympic Games in 1994. However, they could not match the astonishing performance they had produced ten years earlier and finished in bronze medal position.

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean: perfection on ice

At the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo, British ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean turned in a flawless performance that earned them perfect marks for artistic impression and a stunning gold medal. Together, they look back on that unforgettable night in our exclusive video.

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Jayne Torvill et Christopher Dean (GBR)

The two British skaters gave a magnificent performance to Ravel’s Bolero in the ice dance, and won some exceptional marks: three sixes (the highest score) for technical merit, and nine out of nine possible sixes for artistic performance

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TORVILL AND DEAN GBR

26 FEB 1994: JAYNE TORVILL AND CHRISTOPHER DEAN OF GREAT BRITAIN IN ACTION IN THE ICE DANCE GALA EXHIBITION AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT
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TORVILL DEAN GBR

26 FEB 1994: JAYNE TORVILL AND CHRISTOPHER DEAN OF GREAT BRITAIN DANCE THE BOLERO AT TODAY's ICE GALA AT THE 1994 WINTER OLYMPICS IN LILLEHAMMER. Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole/ALLSPORT
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Lillehammer 1994-TORVILL Jayne and DEAN Christopher (GBR) 3rd, free programme. At Hamar.
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TORVILL AND DEAN

21 FEB 1994: CHRISTOPHER DEAN AND JAYNE TORVILL HUG AT THE END OF THEIR FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE DURING THE ICE DANCE COMPETITION AT THE 1994 WINTER OLYMPICS IN LILLEHAMMER. THE COUPLE FINISHED IN THIRD PLACE. Mandatory Credit: Steve Powell/ALLSPORT
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