They were to become the ying and the yang of their sport, their names linked in immortality: Jayne worked as an insurance clerk; Chris was a trainee policeman. In Oberstdorf, Germany, they came 2nd at an international competition, followed by a 4th place finish at the British Championships.
But under the watchful eye of their coach, Janet Sawbridge, they won their first competitions in Sheffield and Bristol, and then in St. That same year at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Ice Dancing was introduced for the first time and the British skater John Curry took Gold in the men’s event.
Chris was married to French-Canadian World ice dance champion Isabell Duchesnay between 19.
He then married American skater Kill Ternary in 1994.
Their most notable performance was to Maurice Ravel's Boléro at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics, when they achieved the highest ever score for a single performance and won gold!
The pair have since become national heroes and are God's of ice dancing.
The average house price in the UK was £12,000, a gallon of petrol cost 72p and the male working population received an average salary of £4,000.
Harold Wilson was prime minister and Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative Party.
"She used to say there were three people in our marriage," he said.
For years Torvill and Dean denied there was ever anything romantic between them with Torvill saying two years ago: "We decided very early on that if we had slept together we couldn’t have skated." The pair have been mentors on Dancing On Ice since 2006 but it was their exploits at the Winter Olympics that made them international superstars.
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The pair used to help train the dancers but this year they'll be on the show as judges.