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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 21, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- They are dressed in black outfits with green sequins that shine under the lights of the bright arena.He takes her hand. She looks into his eyes. The music begins. The athletes dance.And the crowd swoons.Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are ready to rumba at the Winter Olympics.They turn heads and turn back time.It could be 1984 at Sarajevo, when they were the swaying, sensual Brits, shaking the cobwebs from a sport that was strictly ballroom.For two minutes, they are the Torvill and Dean of old.Young again.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1995
LANDOVER -- Their choice of music seemed fitting. More than a decade removed from winning the 1984 Olympic gold medal in Sarajevo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean had switched from classical to pop, from "Bolero" to "Still Crazy After All These Years."Still winning, too.During a near-perfect performance in the World Professional Figure Skating Championships, the legendary British dance team showed a sellout crowd at USAir Arena on Saturday night that precise footwork and a little personality still beat dramatics.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff writer | April 22, 1993
Frozen on the Baltimore Arena ice, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill balance in an intertwined stance, each supporting the other at an impossible angle, their flowing costumes forming a purple and orange "X."Does the pose have a name?"We call it 'Happy To Be There,' " says Mr. Dean. "That's a joke, because that's the end of our program."The British ice dancers, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games with their interpretation of Ravel's "Bolero," are among the headliners of the 1993 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions.
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By Phil Jackman | February 23, 1994
The TV Repairman:For more than a week we've known it as Northern Lights Hall, an arena CBS announcer Verne Lundquist affectionately describes as "looking like a hot tub."It's way too small, containing few more than 6,000 seats, which gives indication of just where figure skating stands on the likability list of Laplanders.But what have they got against money? A conservative estimate is they could have accommodated thousands upon thousands of people for the short (technical) program of the ladies tonight (CBS, 8 p.m.)
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- So, how did it happen?Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean strutted, lifted and skated 10 years off their lives last night, bringing a crowd to its feet, leaving behind a sheet of ice littered with roses and stuffed animals.They were back in the Winter Olympics and appeared ready to move back to the top of the ice dancing world.But . . .They lost. Big time.In a result that appeared preordained, the Russian team of Oksana Gritschuk and Evgeni Platov brought ice dance into the age of rock 'n' roll to win the free dance and win the gold.
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By Phil JacKman | February 21, 1994
The TV Repairman:Take heart, you front-runners, you folks who show up only because "it's the place to be or the thing to do." Just two more nights until Tonya and Nancy stage Skate-a-Mania I in Lillehammer.With more than a month's lead time and with the story still playing as the lead "news" story on planets all the way out to Jupiter, surprisingly, CBS isn't slipping in a two-hour pre-game show Wednesday evening.Before waving bye-bye to John Madden, the net could have had the ace pro football commentator telestrating the moves of the skaters doing a short program, or at least named an All-Madden team among the male competitors.
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By DAN BERGER | February 22, 1994
Cheer up. Russia is now fully engaged in the Bosnia question.Bill went eyeball to eyeball and the Serbs blinked. This time.Meat consumption is on the rise in China, but all-rice diets are increasing in the United States.It's past the point of no return. Tonya is in this thing to stay, and no one knows how she got there.Torvill and Dean forever! What do the judges know?
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- So, how did it happen?Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean strutted, lifted and skated 10 years off their lives last night, bringing a crowd to its feet, leaving behind a sheet of ice littered with roses and stuffed animals.They were back in the Winter Olympics and appeared ready to move back to the top of the ice dancing world.But . . .They lost. Big time.In a result that appeared preordained, the Russian team of Oksana Gritschuk and Evgeni Platov brought ice dance into the age of rock 'n' roll to win the free dance and win the gold.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1995
LANDOVER -- Their choice of music seemed fitting. More than a decade removed from winning the 1984 Olympic gold medal in Sarajevo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean had switched from classical to pop, from "Bolero" to "Still Crazy After All These Years."Still winning, too.During a near-perfect performance in the World Professional Figure Skating Championships, the legendary British dance team showed a sellout crowd at USAir Arena on Saturday night that precise footwork and a little personality still beat dramatics.
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By George Vecsey and George Vecsey,N.Y. Times News Service | February 21, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- Welcome to the Rink of Dreams. If you build it, they will come. Welcome to the very temporary home of the world's greatest collection of masters figure skaters.Back from the mists come the hallowed names from those distant days of the eighties, when yuppies were young: Torvill and Dean, Witt and Boitano.But the Old Boys and the Old Girls are finding it not so easy to waltz back into the Olympic movement and collect the medals and the standing ovations that used to belong to them.
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By DAN BERGER | February 22, 1994
Cheer up. Russia is now fully engaged in the Bosnia question.Bill went eyeball to eyeball and the Serbs blinked. This time.Meat consumption is on the rise in China, but all-rice diets are increasing in the United States.It's past the point of no return. Tonya is in this thing to stay, and no one knows how she got there.Torvill and Dean forever! What do the judges know?
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- So, how did it happen?Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean strutted, lifted and skated 10 years off their lives last night, bringing a crowd to its feet, leaving behind a sheet of ice littered with roses and stuffed animals.They were back in the Winter Olympics and appeared ready to move back to the top of the ice dancing world.But . . .They lost. Big time.In a result that appeared preordained, the Russian team of Oksana Gritschuk and Evgeni Platov brought ice dance into the age of rock 'n' roll to win the free dance and win the gold.
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By Phil Jackman | February 22, 1994
The TV Repairman:At first it wasn't apparent why Oksana Gritschuk, the Russian ice dancer, was crying almost uncontrollably as she and Evgeni Platov received their marks in the ice dancing competition last night.Then the final results of the three sessions were posted and Gritschuk and Platov were declared winners of the gold medal. Obviously, she was crying over the blankety-blank judging.To borrow and paraphrase a line from baseball, kill the judges.That's one thing you can always plan on at a figure skating championship event: controversy over who was best, worst and in between.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- So, how did it happen?Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean strutted, lifted and skated 10 years off their lives last night, bringing a crowd to its feet, leaving behind a sheet of ice littered with roses and stuffed animals.They were back in the Winter Olympics and appeared ready to move back to the top of the ice dancing world.But . . .They lost. Big time.In a result that appeared preordained, the Russian team of Oksana Gritschuk and Evgeni Platov brought ice dance into the age of rock 'n' roll to win the free dance and win the gold.
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By George Vecsey and George Vecsey,N.Y. Times News Service | February 21, 1994
HAMAR, Norway -- Welcome to the Rink of Dreams. If you build it, they will come. Welcome to the very temporary home of the world's greatest collection of masters figure skaters.Back from the mists come the hallowed names from those distant days of the eighties, when yuppies were young: Torvill and Dean, Witt and Boitano.But the Old Boys and the Old Girls are finding it not so easy to waltz back into the Olympic movement and collect the medals and the standing ovations that used to belong to them.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Writer | February 21, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- They are dressed in black outfits with green sequins that shine under the lights of the bright arena.He takes her hand. She looks into his eyes. The music begins. The athletes dance.And the crowd swoons.Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are ready to rumba at the Winter Olympics.They turn heads and turn back time.It could be 1984 at Sarajevo, when they were the swaying, sensual Brits, shaking the cobwebs from a sport that was strictly ballroom.For two minutes, they are the Torvill and Dean of old.Young again.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 7, 1990
LANDOVER -- Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean took ice dancing from Fred-and-Ginger ballroom-boring to a new level when they won the Olympic gold medal in 1984 with "Bolero."It was not so much a higher level of skill as it was a new inner level.The British couple abandoned the traditional dancers' embrace for an intricate weaving of arms and legs that only hinted at the fabric of human responses that they sought to convey.dTC Those complexities -- both physical and emotional -- will be on display tomorrow night at the Capital Centre at 7 p.m. when Torvill and Dean, whose names are legendary even outside the skating community, return to head-to-head competition for the first time since 1984 in the NutraSweet World Professional Figure Skating Championships.
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By Phil Jackman | February 22, 1994
The TV Repairman:At first it wasn't apparent why Oksana Gritschuk, the Russian ice dancer, was crying almost uncontrollably as she and Evgeni Platov received their marks in the ice dancing competition last night.Then the final results of the three sessions were posted and Gritschuk and Platov were declared winners of the gold medal. Obviously, she was crying over the blankety-blank judging.To borrow and paraphrase a line from baseball, kill the judges.That's one thing you can always plan on at a figure skating championship event: controversy over who was best, worst and in between.
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By Phil JacKman | February 21, 1994
The TV Repairman:Take heart, you front-runners, you folks who show up only because "it's the place to be or the thing to do." Just two more nights until Tonya and Nancy stage Skate-a-Mania I in Lillehammer.With more than a month's lead time and with the story still playing as the lead "news" story on planets all the way out to Jupiter, surprisingly, CBS isn't slipping in a two-hour pre-game show Wednesday evening.Before waving bye-bye to John Madden, the net could have had the ace pro football commentator telestrating the moves of the skaters doing a short program, or at least named an All-Madden team among the male competitors.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff writer | April 22, 1993
Frozen on the Baltimore Arena ice, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill balance in an intertwined stance, each supporting the other at an impossible angle, their flowing costumes forming a purple and orange "X."Does the pose have a name?"We call it 'Happy To Be There,' " says Mr. Dean. "That's a joke, because that's the end of our program."The British ice dancers, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games with their interpretation of Ravel's "Bolero," are among the headliners of the 1993 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions.
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