Keepin' it real
Search is on for next Torvill and Dean
The search is on for Britain’s next Torvill and Dean, with Scottish children as young as eight being invited to a special training camp to find the ice skating stars of the future.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Cool! I'd love to see another T&D (or even another Sinead Kerr & John Kerr)...
That's great. And one of the best ways to find good skaters is to cultivate them. That system worked for the Soviets for years, and it gives a chance to kids with talent who otherwise might not be able to continue in the field.
That looks great! British skating is far from what it used to be so I hope this will help give it a re-vamp!
^^^ I'd love for British skating to become more relevant again.
1976 - John Curry
1980 - Robin Cousins
1984 - T & D
Since then... nothing except a bronze by T&D in their comeback.
To be fair, the Kerrs have been excellent representatives of their country and have won bronze at Euros twice, and placed as high as 5th in the World, and top 10 in two Olympics, which is really commendable. And to have expected a medal at the Olympics with the top 2 teams as locks (essentially fighting for bronze) would have been a tall order.
Originally Posted by TontoK
I'm glad they're trying to cultivate younger interest in the sport.
You're quite right of course. My reference was to Brits being in the VERY top of the sport.
Three Olympics in a row with gold medalists... that was quite an achievement. I hope Britain returns to such status.