Top British skaters to take part in Nottingham’s Olympic torch relay

Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland at the Olympic torch relay

Since the beginning of the tradition of Olympic torch relay, the most admired flame has travelled by road, by water and by air. And never before by ice.

When the 2012 London Olympic torch will arrive at the Nottingham Ice Centre, UK on Thursday 28, the new page of the Olympic history will be made. Not only the flame will be carried across the ice, it will also become the centerpiece of a special performance by 1984 Olympic champions and 1994 Olympic bronze medalists in ice dancing Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

At this event will also take part currently the best competitive British ice dancing team of Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland. In the past season Penny and Nick placed a career-best 6th place at the 2012 European Championships in Sheffield. They set personal bests in both the short and free dance programs. The British ice dancing team by their achievements has earned the honor to participate in this ceremony.

At the 1984 Winter Olympics in Yugoslavian Sarajevo Torvill/Dean became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time for a single program receiving twelve perfect 6.0s and six 5.9’s which included artistic impression scores of 6.0 from every judge. Now the legendary skaters will take part in a big pre-Olympic event.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean Welcome the Olympic Flame

“It’s not the easiest thing to skate with,” said Jayne Torvill to British media. “The routine had to be new because we had to choreograph the performance with the torch in mind from the beginning. When I’m being lifted by Chris I now have an extra weight, which does affect the balance.” she continued.

“We haven’t lit it that much yet to see where the hotspots are,” said her partner Christopher Dean. “We knew that we would have to be quite creative to keep it moving with the two of us and try to make it look interesting and exciting at the same time. It’s a relay between the two of us.” he added.

In spite of hard work on the ice, both ice dancers are very excited about the performance. After a full day of skating at the National Ice Centre they show no signs of tiredness and are looking forward to another day of rehearsals.

The Ice Gala will feature over two hundred and fifty skating stars from the National Ice Centre including music, group and solo routines from short track speed skaters and synchronized skaters as well as incorporating ice hockey, figure and ice dance.

Information from This Is Nottingham and National Ice Centre was used in this report

Photo: National Ice Centre

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