Torvil and Dean

Torvill and Dean are a famous innovative British ice dancing team, consisting of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. They became the only figure skating team to ever receive the perfect score of 6.0 across the board from every judge, in the 1984 Winter Olympics. This achievement is unlikely to ever be matched, as the scoring system has been completely revamped.

Becoming professionals after 1984, they retired from Olympic competition, returning briefly in 1994 ten years later to collect their last Olympic medal, when the competition rules were relaxed, allowing professionals. They retired from competition skating in 1999, but they continue to work professionally, both together and separately.

After the disappointing finish at Lillehammer, Torvill and Dean "picked themselves up and dusted themselves off" and continued with their planned and very successful "Face the Music" tour, to be followed by numerous other projects: a suite of dances to the songs of Paul Simon, professional competitions, touring with Stars on Ice, and collaborating with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and director Patricia Rozema on the video Inspired by Bach: Six Gestures. In late 1998, they produced an ice show at Wembley Stadium in London, "Ice Adventures," which included a "flying" ice ballet and other wonders. In the meantime, they were still choreographing, notably for the dynamic French Ice Dance team, Anissina and Peizerat, who won first place in the World Championships in 2000.

In 1999, the pair officially retired, each continuing to coach and choreograph separately. The duo, as of 14 January, took part as coaches in ITV's Dancing on Ice show.
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