Jayne Torvill, OBE (born 7 October 1957, Nottingham, England) is a British Ice dancer who, with her skating partner Christopher Dean, won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics.


Torvill became hooked on ice skating at the age of 8 following an after-school trip to the local ice rink. In 1971 at age 14, Torvill became the British National Pairs Champion with her then partner, Michael Hutchenson. After parting with Hutchenson, Torvill continued to skate on her own for a while before teaming up with Dean in 1975. After placing 5th in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, Dean gave up his job as a policeman and Torvill gave up hers as an insurance clerk to skate together full-time.

Torvill and Dean's free program at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, performed to the music of Maurice Ravel's Boléro, became world famous. They received nine perfect "6.0" marks for artistic impression, the only time ever that all perfect scores were achieved. This was one of the most popular achievements in the history of British sport, watched by a British television audience of twenty-four million people.

Torvill and Dean turned professional after their 1984 Olympic win, and under then-existing Olympic Committee rules their professional status made them ineligible to compete in the Olympics again. However, in 1993, the International Skating Union relaxed its rules for professional skaters, which allowed the pair to participate in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, where they won a bronze medal.

Torvill was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000. She currently resides in Sussex, England. She married Phil Christensen in 1990 and they have a son, Kieran and a daughter Jessica.

Torvill and Dean were admitted to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1989

Jayne Torvill along with her partner Christopher Dean now star in the hit ITV show Dancing on Ice. The duo took the show on tour to arenas across the country in 2007 and 2008.

Amateur competitive results (with Dean) Edit

Event 1975-1976 1976-1977 1977-1978 1978-1979 1979-1980 1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1983 1983-1984 1993-1994
Winter Olympic Games 5th 1st 3rd
World Championships 11th 8th 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 9th 6th 4th 1st 1st Withdrew 1st 1st
British Championships 4th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
NHK Trophy 2nd
St Ivel International 1st 1st
Oberstdorf 2nd 1st
St Gervais 1st
Morzine Trophy 2nd
John Davis Trophy 1st
Northern Championships 1st
Sheffield Trophy 1st
Rotary Watches Competition 2nd

Professional competitive results (with Dean)Edit

Event 1984 1985 1990 1994 1995 1996
World Professional Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Challenge of Champions 1st 1st 1st
World Team Championship 3rd 1st 1st

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