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Encyclopedia > Christopher Dean
Olympic Medal Record
Figure Skating
Gold 1984 Ice Dance
Bronze 1994 Ice Dance

Christopher Colin Dean (born July 22, 1958 in Nottingham, Great Britain) is a British figure skater who won a gold medal in ice dancing at the 1984 Winter Olympics with his skating partner Jayne Torvill. Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... The XIV Olympic Winter Games were held in 1984 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. ... 1984 Winter Olympic Games Figure skating // Women Men Pairs Ice Dancing Categories: | ... The XVII Olympic Winter Games were held in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. ... Figure skating medalists at the 1994 Winter Olympics // Women Men Pairs Ice Dancing Categories: | ... 22 July is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nottingham is a city and county town of Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands of England. ... Ice dancing is a form of figure skating which draws from the world of ballroom dancing. ... The XIV Olympic Winter Games were held in 1984 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. ... Jayne Torvill (born October 7, 1957) was a British figure skater who won a gold medal in ice dancing at the 1984 Winter Olympics with her skating partner Christopher Dean. ...


Dean comes from Calverton, Nottinghamshire. His father, Colin Dean, was an electrician. Calverton is a village in Nottinghamshire, England, situated approximately 8 miles from Nottingham. ...


Dean was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1999. [[LinItalic textItalic textBold text--144. ...

Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill, being awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1999.
Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill, being awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1999.

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Skating Career

Christopher Dean began to skate at the age of 10 after he received a pair of skates as a Christmas present. Dean's first ice partner was Sandra Elson. They began skating together when he was 14 and they competed as ice dancers for a few years. However, despite becoming British Junior Dance champions the team parted as Dean and Elson did not get along well. Dean then agreed to try out Jayne Torville, who was another skater at the Nottingham rink. The pair were coached first by Janet Sawbridge, but Betty Callaway became their coach in 1978. Christmas (literally, the Mass of Jesus Christ) is a traditional holiday observed on 25 December. ...


Dean left school aged 16 and joined the Nottingham Police Force in 1974. It was challenging for him to undergo training as a police cadet as his schedule often clashed with his skating training sessions. Thus Torvill and Dean had to practise during his off-hours. These difficult times pulled them closer and gave them a sense of discipline that was to prove vital throughout their career.


By 1980 Torvill and Dean had progressed not only to become British National Dance Champions, but were in medal contention in international competitions. It was then that Chris realized he could no longer balance his skating and police careers. He resigned from the police force. Torvill soon quit her job as well. Dean also served as the chief choreographer of the Torvill & Dean team.


Torvill & Dean's free program at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, performed to the music of Maurice Ravel's Boléro, became world famous. They received nine "6.0" marks for the artistic impression, the highest possible score, and the only time ever that a perfect score was 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 are a famous British figure-skating team. ... Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, located at 43°52N and 18°25E. According to a 1991 census, its population was 429,672; currently estimated at around 400,000. ... Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness, and poignancy of his music and generally considered to be one of the major composers of the 20th century. ... The bolero is a type of dance and musical form. ...


Torvill & Dean turned professional after their 1984 Olympic win. Under then Olympic Games rules, as professionals, they became ineligible to participate in Olympic competition. 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. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The International Skating Union (ISU) is the international governing body for competitive ice skating disciplines, including figure skating, synchronized skating, speed skating, and short track speed skating. ... The XVII Olympic Winter Games were held in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. ... County Oppland Landscape Gudbrandsdalen Municipality NO-0501 Administrative centre Lillehammer Mayor (2005) Synnøve Brenden Klemetrud (Ap) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 211 477 km² 450 km² 0. ...


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


Personal Life

Dean was married to Isabelle Duchesnay, a French ice dancer, from 1991 to 1993. They met when Dean was choreographer to the brother-sister Duchesney team in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Isabelle Duchesnay (born December 18, 1963, Aylmer, Quebec, Canada) was a former figure skater who competed for both Canada and France in the Ice dancing discipline. ...


On October 15, 1994, Dean married Jill Trenary, an American skater, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have two sons, Jack Robert and Sam Colin, and currently reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Trenary at the 1990 U.S. Championships. ... Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant Official website: http://www. ... Downtown Colorado Springs skyline. ...


Results with Jayne Torvill

Winter Olympic Games

A runner carries the Olympic torch The Winter Olympic Games, Winter Olympics for short but more correctly The Olympic Winter Games, are the cold-weather counterpart to the Summer Olympic Games. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX in Roman) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV in Roman) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...

World Championships

The World Figure Skating Championships in an annual event in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX in Roman) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

European Championships

  • 1978 – 9th place
  • 1979 – 6th place
  • 1980 – 4th place
  • 1981 – 1st place
  • 1982 – 1st place
  • 1983 – did not participate
  • 1984 – 1st place
  • 1994 – 1st place

The European Figure Skating Championships is an annual event in which figure skaters compete for the title of European Champion. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX in Roman) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV in Roman) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...

See also

Torvill and Dean are a famous British figure-skating team. ... Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... The World Figure Skating Championships in an annual event in which elite figure skaters compete for the title of World Champion. ...

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Preceded by:
Steve Cram
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
1984 (joint with Jayne Torvill)
Succeeded by:
Barry McGuigan

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