On this day in history : 14th February 1984 – Figure skating pair Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo….
More than 24 million people worldwide watched the couple score maximum points at the Zetra Stadium for their sensual free-style dance to French composer Maurice Ravel’s 1928 ‘Bolero’…. At the end of their four minute performance the 8,500 spectators packed into the stadium gave them a standing ovation…. Princess Anne, who was in the front row, as she had been for all of their Olympic performances, congratulated them – and the Queen sent a telegram….
Jane and Christopher, both from Nottingham, had first become partners in 1975…. Jane was a British Junior Pairs champion, Christopher and his then partner had won a British Junior ice dance competition…. It was coach Janet Sawbridge who saw fit to put them together…. They won their first trophy in 1976 and when they weren’t working hard at their gruelling training sessions they were busy with their day jobs – Jane as an insurance clerk and Christopher as a police constable….
In 1979 Jane and Christopher changed coaches to Betty Callaway and it was around 1981 that Michael Crawford became their mentor…. Michael helped them to create their Olympic Bolero routine – and was there ringside when they won their gold….
After the Olympics Jane and Christopher went on to soon after achieve a record-breaking maximum points score in the World Figure Skating Championships – it was their fourth world title…. They were also awarded the 1984 Sports Personality of the Year….