Three months from today would be the first day of London 2012 Olympics competition. In the spirit of awe-inspiring, breakthrough performances, here's mesmerizing ice dancing from the incomparableTorvill and Dean that garnered 12 perfect 6.0s and six 5.9s, including never-before perfect scores from every judge for artistic impression. With that, the pair became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time (for a single program).
Jayne Torvill (a former insurance clerk) and Christopher Dean (a former policeman) met when they were teenagers at a Nottingham ice rink. The rest (as they say) is literally history as they became legends.
Unlike others who tried to dance on ice (the routine would probably be better on the dance floor) or skate to imitate dance (technically superior skaters not as passionate about the music), theirs was unique art expressing music through the beautiful blending of figure skating with dance. Every move was meaningful, not as opportunity for another trick, but to creatively interpret and punctuate the music.
Torvill and Dean had a music arranger condense Ravel's original Boléro from 17+ minutes to four minutes and 28 seconds (as close as possible to the Olympic rule of four minutes, plus or minus 10 seconds, for free dance). They then choreographed not putting blade on ice for the first 18 seconds to comply with (or get around the rule of) the timing of the skating routine.
I cannot take my eyes off their performance and never tire of seeing it again.
Here's to the spirit of the Olympics!