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Figure skating: Torvill, Dean return to Sarajevo to skate 'Bolero'

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British Olympic ice dancing legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are to mark the 30th anniversary of their iconic 'Bolero' performance at the Winter Olympics by skating it in Sarajevo next month.

The pair have accepted an invitation from the Mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo to skate the routine on February 13 at the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch.

The venue has been rebuilt since being destroyed in the Bosnian war of the mid-1990s and money raised from Torvill and Dean's appearance will be used to build a permanent ice rink in the city ahead of the 2017 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival.

"We are delighted to be invited back to Sarajevo by the Mayors. It will be an emotional day for us and one which we are very much looking forward to," the pair said in a statement.

"To return to the place which provided such a life-changing moment for us will be an exciting and rewarding way to mark the 30th anniversary."

The pair, who won British, European and world titles as well as their Olympic gold, retired from the sport in 1998 but came together again as mentors on the reality television show Dancing On Ice.

"We will be taking a squad of talented young skaters with us to Sarajevo - a place which is very significant to us," the statement added.

"We hope this will inspire them to become the next Olympic champions in such a wonderful sport."

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