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Torvill and Dean recreate 'Bolero' in Sarajevo 30 years on

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's performance in Sarajevo today Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have celebrated the 30th anniversary of their historic Olympic gold medal with an emotional performance of their legendary Bolero routine in front of 5,000 adoring spectators in Sarajevo.

The ice dancing legends arrived in the Bosnian capital this week in order to mark their record-breaking feat three decades on.

The pair performed the routine which won them gold on St Valentine's Day 1984 on Thursday, the eve of the anniversary, in front of a sold-out Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch, the scene of their greatest triumph.

"It was emotional but very uplifting," said Torvill.

The pair performed their routine flawlessly for a delighted audience in the Bosnian capital, resplendent in modernised versions of their famous purple outfits from 1984.

As the routine ended the crowd unanimously rose to their feet in applause, holding aloft cards bearing the perfect mark of '6.0' in recognition of their Olympic achievement.

Torvill and Dean made history in 1984 when their gold medal success saw them earn full marks from all nine judges, a feat never achieved either before or since, three decades on.

The duo were invited back to the city by the mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo and will perform Bolero on the exact site of their triumph 30 years ago.

The Olympic Hall Zetra was destroyed in the Bosnian War but rebuilt in 1999 and renamed Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch in honour of the former International Olympic Committee president.

The performance also acts as the launch of a campaign to build a permanent ice rink in the city ahead of the 2017 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival.

Visibly choked when meeting media in the city on Thursday, Dean said:

"Today we had a very emotional moment when we met the flower girl who was picking up the flowers from the ice just before we were going out to skate 30 years ago.

"To personally hear her story really brought it home for us."

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