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Christopher Dean

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
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Profession: Ice Dancer

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Christopher Dean was one half of the British ice dancing team with Jayne Torvill that won Olympic gold in 1984 and is credited with popularizing and revolutionizing the sport.

Dean was a police officer before devoting himself solely to ice dancing. His career reached its peak at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo where in their free program they performed their now famous routine to the music of Maurice Ravel's Boléro.

After the Olympics they turned profession, but were allowed to compete, under new rules, at the 1994 Winter Olympics where they won the bronze medal.

Born: July 27, 1958
Birthplace: Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Age: 63 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Leo

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