BBC Home
Explore the BBC
Search ON THIS DAY by date
Front Page |  Years |  Themes |  Witness
About This Site | Text Only
1984: Golden day for British ice-skating
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were relatively unknown until they won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics of 1984 in Sarajevo.

Now household names, Torvill and Dean are best remembered for their emotionally-charged performance to the tune of Ravel's Bolero.

They scored 12 perfect sixes - a record that will remain unbeaten since a new scoring system was introduced at the 2005 European Championships.

Your memories

I can remember being so excited waiting for the skating to begin.

I had followed them from Barnum in 1983. I feel this was the best performance of Bolero they have ever done.
Jackie, UK

I had the privilege of watching this masterful skating duo perform their routine to the music of "Bolero" for this Olympic meet.

It was not only a flawless skate, it was the most electrifying event of any Olympics (summer or winter) that I can recall, well surpassing even the gymnastic achievements of Nadia Comaneci.

It was clearly going to raise the bar for couples ice skating events from that day forward.

It sizzled off of the screen. That level of magnificence has never been duplicated, even by Torvill and Dean themselves when they repeated the routine at a later point.

It was completely engaging, mesmerizing, and hot, when performed that evening. Absolutely magical.
Sheila Condit, USA

Being from Nottingham, I am proud of what Jayne and Chris achieved. I watched our local champs on TV at every opportunity, even in the early hours of the morning.

I remember the confusion one announcer caused when he told viewers to watch at 1.20am.

We put the clocks forward that day, so that time didn't exist!
David, England

I was vacationing in Florida with my wife and she was sleeping and as I could not sleep I watched the Olympics.

The ice skating came on and I was mesmerized by the performance. I woke my wife so she could see the repeat and when she saw it she said "What's so great about that?"

When she woke up the next morning she saw it again and she couldn't believe how wonderful a performance it was. I still get goosebumps to this day when I see it.
Mike, USA

 E-mail this story to a friend

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in 1984
The ice-skating heroes won BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1984...

Torvill and Dean in 1999 with their OBEs
..and were both awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1999

Witness Stories

Search ON THIS DAY by date

^^ back to top
Front Page |  Years |  Themes |  Witness
©MMVIII | News Sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy