Ice dancing legends, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, will mark the 30th anniversary of their iconic “Bolero” performance at the Winter Olympics by skating it again in Sarajevo, on February 13. According to AFP, the skaters have accepted an invitation from the mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo to skate the golden routine at the Olympic Hall “Juan Antonio Samaranch”.
Originally called the Olympic Hall Zetra, the venue was destroyed in the 1992-95 Bosnian war. It was rebuilt in 1999 and renamed Olympic Hall “Juan Antonio Samaranch”, after the former President of the International Olympic Committee. Actually, the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo were the first organized under Samaranch’ presidency.
The money raised from Torvill and Dean’s appearance in Sarajevo will be used to build a permanent ice rink in the city ahead of the 2017 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival.
“We are delighted to be invited back to Sarajevo by the Mayors. It will be an emotional day for us and one which we are very much looking forward to. To return to the place which provided such a life-changing moment for us will be an exciting and rewarding way to mark the 30th anniversary”, said the pair in a statement quoted by AFP.
30 years ago, on February 14, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were skating in Sarajevo the performance of their lifetime, the famous “Bolero”, which was awarded nine 6.0 marks, the maximum, when it came to the artistic impression. Torvill and Dean won the gold in Sarajevo.