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Who is Jayne Torvill?

Jayne Torvill, OBE (born 7 October 1957) is a British professional ice dancer and former competitor. With Christopher Dean, she won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, becoming one of the oldest figure skating Olympic medalists.

Jayne Torvill Biography, Wiki

Jayne Torvill was born on October 7 1957 in Nottingham.

Her father worked at Raleigh bicycles and her mother was a machinist before they owned a sweet shop.

Before taking up ice skating professionally, Jayne Torvill was an insurance clerk.

Jayne Torvill started ice skating at an early age and in 1971 she and Michael Hutchenson became British National Pairs Champions.

Jayne, married sound engineer, Philip Lee Christensen in 1990 and her recreations include looking after her dogs, Freddy and Louis.

They have two adopted children, Kieran and Jessica.

In 1975, Torvill and Dean, who are the experts on ITV’s Dancing On Ice, became a skating pair for the first time, brought together by Janet Sawbridge.

In the 1984 Winter Olympics, Torvill and Dean caused a sensation with their wonderful ice dance to Ravel’s Bolero. They were awarded an unprecedented nine perfect sixes for artistic impression and claimed gold.

After turning professional, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won the world title four years in succession from 1981.

In 1994, Torvill and Dean returned as amateurs to the Olympics. An amazing 23 million TV viewers in the UK watched them gain bronze.

In 1998 Torvill and Dean announced their retirement and a year later they were awarded an OBE.

Jayne Torvill Biography Wikipedia
Jayne Torvill
Real NameJayne Torvill
Nickname Jayne
Profession Ice dancer and former competitor
Marital StatusMarried
Husband NamePhil Christensen
Children NameKieran Christensen, Jessica Christensen
Physical Status 
Age65 Years (2022)
Height (Approx.)5 feet 6 inch
Weight (Approx.)55 kg
Eye ColourBlue
Hair ColourBrown
Personal Information
Date of Birth 7 October 1957
Birth PlaceClifton, Nottingham, England
Current CityHeathfield, East Sussex, England
Zodiac SignNot Known
EthnicityNot Known
ReligionNot Known
School NameClifton Hall Girls’ Grammar School
College NameNot Known
Family Profile
Father NameGeorge Torville
Mother NameBetty Torville
SiblingsNot Known
Source Of IncomeIce dancing
Appeared InNot Known
Net Worth, SalaryNot Known

Jayne Torvill Career

In 1971, when she was 14, Jayne Torvill and her ice-skating partner Michael Hutchenson became the British National Pairs champion.

Following this, she split from Michael and skated solo for a while. She was coached by trainers such as Betty Callaway and Janet Sawbridge.

In 1975, she teamed up with her new ice-skating partner, Christopher Dean. He was a police constable in Nottingham. Both of them were well-known ice skaters by then. Dean had already won a British junior ice-dance championship.

The duo won their first international ice-skating contest in St. Gervais in 1976. In 1978, the pair became British national champions and earned their first 6.0 for artistry. This was the first of their seven national championship wins.

Soon, the Nottingham City Council agreed to sponsor them. Following this, both of them quit their day jobs and started focusing on ice skating full-time. In 1981, the pair won the first of their four world championships and the first of their four European championships.

At the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984, Jayne and Christopher amazed the audience with their free-dance version of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. The performance helped them earn a gold medal and become the highest-scoring skating pair of all time for a single contest.

They also secured twelve perfect scores of 6.0 and six 5.9s. The score included a 6.0 for artistic impression from each of the nine judges.

With an audience of over 24 million people, the event was one of the most-watched sporting events in the history of British TV. Much later, in 2002, according to a Channel 4 poll in the U.K., the British public voted the performance as the eighth on the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.

Following their 1984 Olympic performance, both Jayne and Christopher became professional ice skaters. The duo earned the World Professional Ice Dance Championship title five times (1984–85, 1990, 1995–96).

According to the Olympic Committee rules back then, Jayne and Christopher were not eligible to participate in Olympics again, because of their “professional” status. However, in 1993, the International Skating Union declared a slight change in rules.

In 1994, the pair was thus allowed to participated in the Winter Olympics held in Lillehammer, Norway. The judges there, however, declared some of the duo’s moves illegal. Jayne and Christopher were thus penalized and had to settle for a bronze medal.

Following this, the pair was seen on various dance shows, some of them being their own tours. They also choreographed many shows. In 1998, the duo retired from competitive skating, after touring for the last time with their own skating show, Ice Adventures.

They were also seen in Stars on Ice, their last performance on the show being a dance set to Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years. After a 7-year break, in January 2006, they were seen together again on the ITV show Dancing on Ice.

Jayne Torvill Awards and Achievements

On April 28, 1983, Jayne Torvill was made an Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham. The following year, BBC declared Jayne and Christopher the network’s Sports Personalities of the Year.

According to the 1981 Queen’s Honours List, both Jayne and Christopher received the honor of the Member of the British Empire (MBE). In 1989, the pair was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

The pair also received honorary Master of Arts degrees from the Nottingham Trent University in 1993. The German Federation honored them in 1995 for their sporting excellence.

According to the 2000 Queen’s Millennium (New Year) Honours list, Jayne and Christopher both received the title of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 2012, they became ambassadors of the European Figure Skating Championships held in Sheffield, England.

Jayne Torvill FAQ’s

Who is Jayne Torvill?

Jayne Torvill, OBE (born 7 October 1957) is a British professional ice dancer and former competitor. With Christopher Dean, she won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, becoming one of the oldest figure skating Olympic medalists.

How old is Jayne Torvill?

Jayne Torvill is currently 64 years old.

Who is Jayne Torvill’s husband?

Phil Christensen.

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