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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

In 1975, Torvill and Dean, who are the experts on ITV's Dancing On Ice, became a skating pair for the first time, brought together by Janet Sawbridge.

In the 1984 Winter Olympics, Torvill and Dean caused a sensation with their wonderful ice dance to Ravel's Bolero. They were awarded an unprecedented nine perfect sixes for artistic impression and claimed gold.

After turning professional, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the world title four years in succession from 1981.

In 1994, Torvill and Dean returned as amateurs to the Olympics. An amazing 23 million TV viewers in the UK watched them gain bronze.

In 1998 Torvill and Dean announced their retirement and a year later they were awarded an OBE.

Jayne Torvill

Jayne Torvill was born on October 7 1957 in Nottingham.

Her father worked at Raleigh bicycles and her mother was a machinist before they owned a sweet shop.

Before taking up ice skating professionally, Jayne Torvill was an insurance clerk.

Jayne Torvill started ice skating at an early age and in 1971 she and Michael Hutchenson became British National Pairs Champions.

Jayne, married sound engineer, Philip Lee Christensen in 1990 and her recreations include looking after her dogs, Freddy and Louis.

Christopher Dean

Christopher Dean was born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire on 27 July 1958.

In 1972, Chris Dean started skating in competitions with dance partner Sandra Elson. Two years later he joined the police force.

In 1991, Christopher Dean married world champion ice dancer Isabelle Duchesnay, but they divorced and in 1994 he married Jill Trenary.

Chris Dean enjoys motor racing.

In March 2010 there were press reports that Christopher Dean had up split from his wife.

In 2011, it was revealed that Christopher Dean was in a relationship with Dancing on Ice head coach Karen Barber.

BBC Nottingham has a very helpful timeline of Torvill and Dean's career.

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