The Ice Dancing Gold Goes to Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
During the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Soviet Union dominated nearly every sport that took place on ice from hockey to figure skating. The U.S.S.R.’s stranglehold on ice dancing, however, was successfully shattered at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo by British ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Torvill and Dean performed their most famous routine to Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, and they were watched by over 24 million spectators in the U.K. alone. The duo’s amazing performance earned them a gold medal that most expected to go home with the Soviets. Instead, the Union Jack hung over the highest podium in Sarajevo.
Beyond their incredible Olympic win, Torvill and Dean’s Bolero routine earned them an unprecedented set of perfect 6.0’s from the judges. This incredible feat was never successfully repeated, and it remains an impossible task for ice dancers today to match after the judging system was altered in the 2000s.