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Dancing On Ice’s Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill might always be remembered for their stunning and historic Bolero routine, but the former has admitted he resisted watching it back.
At the 1984 Winter Olympics, which took place in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the ice skating duo achieved a full house of 6.0 artistic impression scores for their Bolero, becoming the highest-scoring figure skaters of all time for a single performance.
Now almost 40 years later, the pair can currently be seen as judges and frequent performers on the 2023 series of Dancing On Ice, which is heading into its final few weeks.
On Tuesday’s Lorraine, the TV presenter chatted to Christopher, 64, and Jayne, 65, about the competition so far, before footage of their most famous routine was shown.
As Lorraine Kelly, 63, expressed how in awe she felt watching it, Christopher confessed: ‘At one point I never wanted to watch it again.’
When questioned on how that could be, he added that he watches it with a ‘critical eye’, so is likely to make criticisms of his performance, despite the performance receiving continued critical acclaim.
Jayne and Christopher continue to share their expertise on Dancing On Ice (Picture: Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)
Nonetheless, he added that ‘age has mellowed’ him, so now he’s able to watch it again.
‘I watch it for what it is now,’ he said. ‘It opened so many doors for us. We’re still here skating 40 years on because of the Bolero.’
Christopher and Jayne first started performing together in 1975, after being paired by skating coach Janet Sawbridge.
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Their Bolero routine never fails to amaze (Picture: Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)
They won their first trophy the following year, before switching their coach to be under the tutelage of Betty Callaway by the end of the decade.
During their first go at the Winter Olympics, the duo finished in fifth place, but they were both still working other jobs at the time.
So, they gave up their non-skating careers so that they could focus on ice skating full time.
After that, the pair enjoyed a gold rush of wins until 1994, when they achieved bronze at the Winter Olympics.
The couple retired from professional skating in 1998 following their final performance on the Canadian Stars ice tour, before coming out of retirement to take part in Dancing On Ice.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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