The pair are famous for their sensational chemistry, which has helped them win Olympic gold medals as well as TV contracts – but a kiss shared by the duo early in their careers proved fruitless what
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As judges on Dancing On Ice, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean offer expert criticism and encouragement to winter sports celebrities and experts.
Still, the duo are well-positioned to know what makes for a good skating performance, as they’ve won gold medals together at the Olympics as skating partners.
Although they’re both in their 60s, they’ve known each other since they were teenagers – performing together and building an incredible friendship.
But will the pair ever become friends? It looks like they’ve flirted with the idea of being boyfriend and girlfriend – but decided it was better to keep things professional.
The original beginning
Jayne Torvill was born at Clifton in Nottinghamshire on 7 October 1957 while Christopher Dean was born in Calverton in Nottinghamshire the following year on 27 July 1958.
Jayne came to the ice rink at an early age, fell in love with skating at the age of 8, and in 1971 at the age of 14, she performed competitively with then-teammate Michael Hutchinson.
Meanwhile, Christopher started getting acquainted with the ice when he was 10 years old – and his first skating companion was Sandra Elson and the duo competed when he was 14.
The pair eventually teamed up in 1975 and were initially coached by Janet Sawbridge before Betty Callaway mentored them in 1978 and the two embarked on their future gold-winning careers.
A forbidden kiss
In a previous interview with Radio Times, Jayne confessed that she and Christopher shared a secret kiss when they were teenagers.
She revealed: “We actually kissed once – before we were a skating couple. We were in the back of the bus for a league game, and it happened. “
However, if there are any hints of a romance, it looks like it ended there and then.
Jayne went on to explain: “It was just one time. We never talked about it after that. We laugh about it now.”
Keep everything professional
While Torvill and Dean have undeniable chemistry on the ice, the pair insist that nothing happened beyond that act.
In the same interview with Radio Times, Christopher explained that competition is the only thing he and Jayne focus on together.
“We were 14 years old, and teenagers in the most innocent sense,” he said.
“We didn’t talk about it much after that. Skating is everything and having a relationship doesn’t happen to us. “
Decades of success
Although the couple may have decided not to begin a personal relationship, their professional has been one of the most successful in British sporting history.
The pair enjoyed their first success when they competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics in New York, where they finished in fifth place.
Their success encouraged the pair to quit their day jobs and focus on skating full-time – and they won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
The pair turned pro and competed in a variety of competitions, including the Ice Skating World Championships, and returned to win a bronze medal at the 1993 Olympic Games.
They have been on Dancing On Ice since the show started in 2006 – initially acting as coaches for the participating stars, before becoming main judges from series 10 onwards in 2018. .
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/how-jayne-torvill-christopher-dean-26307796 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were 'infatuated' with a secret kiss but canceled the relationship