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Basingstoke teenager Danielle Harrison selected to skate with Torvill and Dean in Sarajevo
TEENAGE ice skating star Danielle Harrison is set to skate with sporting legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean as part of a show to celebrate 30 years since the dynamic duo won Olympic gold with their famous Bolero routine.
The 14-year-old, from Winklebury, Basingstoke, will travel to Sarajevo next week and perform her competition routine, before Torvill and Dean take to the ice to revive their golden moment from the 1984 Winter Olympics on Thursday.
Harrison is the youngest member of a team of eight junior British skaters who have been picked for the trip by the National Ice Skating Association.
The teenager said: “I am really excited about going. I have never met Torvill and Dean, and I am really looking forward to meeting them.”
Harrison is backed by Planet Ice and skates six days a week at the Basingstoke Arena with her coaches Gary Peed, Peter Bækgaard, Andrew Smith and Lisa Beaumont.
Her school, Everest Community Academy, have been very supportive and the Basingstoke skater finished second in the junior category at the British Championship last year.
Harrison said: “I am really looking forward to the trip. All I know at the moment is I will be skating my competition routine.”
Torvill and Dean are currently in the middle of the ninth and final series of the popular TV show Dancing on Ice and will perform their Bolero routine once again on Thursday.
When they first performed it back in 1984, a television audience of 24 million people were on the edge of their seats, watching what has become one of the most iconic sporting moments of the 20th century.
They were asked to return by the mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.
Torvill and Dean won their gold medal in the Olympic Hall Zetra, which was destroyed in the Bosnian war.
It was rebuilt in 1999 and renamed the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Torvill and Dean have invited a British team of junior and senior figure skaters to skate as part of this unique anniversary.
The squad of eight skaters joining Harrison are all from the National Ice Skating Association’s Performance and Development Squads.
They include British Junior Men’s champion Graham Newberry, Junior Dance champions Olivia Smart and Joseph Buckland, Junior Pairs champ-ions Molly Lanaghan and Jake Astill and Basic Novice Dance champions Mia Jowitt and Peter Beaumont.
Money raised from the performance is to be used to build a permanent ice rink in Sarajevo ahead of the 2017 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival.
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